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"LEIGH (HIGH), a chapelry in that part of the parish of ROSTHERN which is in the hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, 5 miles (N. W.) from Knutsford, containing 854 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £1000 private benefaction, and £3300 parliamentary grant. Egerton Leigh, Esq. was patron in 1826. A school-house was built, at the expense of the inhabitants, in 1717, for the use of poor children of the parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • High Legh was a township in Rostherne ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 6883), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Halliwell Brow, Mowpen Brow, Primrose Hill, Rawlinson's Green, Rowley Bank, Sworton Heath and Westfield.
  • The population was 787 in 1801, 1024 in 1851, 794 in 1901, 1184 in 1951, and 1632 in 2001.


  • Rostherne: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of High Legh.
  • High Legh: St. John (Church of England). Founded in 1815 as a chapel to Rostherne: St. Mary, and the district church for High Legh from 1973.
  • High Legh: St. Mary (Church of England). Founded in 1884 as a chapel to Rostherne: St. Mary. Transferred to High Legh: St. John in 1973.

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Civil Registration

  • Altrincham (1837-98)
  • Bucklow (1898-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-74)
  • Altrincham (1874-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

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Politics and Government

  • Altrincham Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Altrincham Rural District (1894-95), Bucklow Rural District (1895-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Altrincham (1836-95)
  • Bucklow (1895-1930)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Altrincham (1885-1945)
  • Bucklow (1945-48)
  • Knutsford (1949-74)