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"GOOSTREY, a chapelry, joint with Barnshaw, in that part of the parish of SANDBACH which is in the hundred of NORTHWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, 5½ miles (N. E. by E.) from Middlewich, containing 298 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £600 private benefaction, and £600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Sandbach. The interest of £200 was bequeathed to the minister in 1684, by Elizabeth Staplehurst, for teaching the children in the parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Goostrey cum Barnshaw was a township and chapelry in Sandbach ancient parish, Northwich hundred (SJ 7770), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1936 to become part of Goostrey.
  • It includes the hamlets of Barnshaw, Jodrell Bank (part), Shawcroft and Winterbottom.
  • The population was 231 in 1801, 268 in 1851, 352 in 1901.

For the period after 1936, see Goostrey.


  • Sandbach: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Goostrey cum Barnshaw.
  • Goostrey: St. Luke (Church of England). An ancient chapel to Sandbach: St. Mary, and the district church for the township of Goostrey cum Barnshaw from 1724.
  • Goostrey, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1875.

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Civil Registration

  • Congleton (1837-1936)

Court Records

  • Northwich (1828-99)
  • Middlewich & Sandbach (1899-1908)
  • Middlewich (1907-36)

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Historical Geography

  • 1936 April 1 — Abolished and incorporated into Goostrey (1795 acres, pop. 508 in 1931)

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Politics and Government

  • Congleton Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Congleton Rural District (1894-1936)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1936)