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"HURDSFIELD, a township in the parish of PRESTBURY, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 1¾ miles (E. N. E.) from Macclesfield, containing 1082 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Hurdsfield was a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9374), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was renamed Higher Hurdsfield in 1975.
  • It includes the hamlets of Cliff Hill, Commonside, Higherfence (part), Higher Hurdsfield and Swanscoe.
  • The population was 582 in 1801, 4016 in 1851, 458 in 1901, and 418 in 1951.

For the period after 1975, see Higher Hurdsfield.


  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Hurdsfield.
  • Macclesfield: St. Michael & All Angels (Church of England). The district church for Hurdsfield from 1835.
  • Hurdsfield: Holy Trinity (Church of England). The district district church for Hurdsfield from 1839.
  • Hurdsfield, Methodist (Fence School) Chapel, Waterloo Street (New Connexion). Built in 1841. Registers of baptisms 1878-1965 and marriages 1960-65 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Hurdsfield, Methodist (Ebenezer) Chapel (Wesleyan), Rainow Road. Built in 1865.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Hurdsfield area or see them printed on a map.


Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1975)

Court Records

  • Prestbury (wholly, 1828-35 and 1894-1974 ; parly 1835-94) *
  • Macclesfield (Borough) (1835-94) *
  • Macclesfield (1974-75)

* The part in Macclesfield (Borough) (1835-94) was added to Macclesfield civil parish in 1894.


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Historical Geography

  • 1894 September 30 — Lost the part in Macclesfield Municipal Borough to Macclesfield (pop. 3114 in 1901)
  • 1936 April 1 — Lost part to Macclesfield (93 acres, pop. 13 in 1931)
  • 1975 — Renamed Higher Hurdsfield

You can see the administrative areas in which HURDSFIELD has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Politics and Government

  • Macclesfield Municipal Borough (partly, 1835-94) *
  • Macclesfield Rural Sanitary District (partly, 1875-94)
  • Macclesfield Urban Sanitary District (partly, 1875-94) *
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-75)

* The part in Macclesfield Municipal Borough (1835-94) and Macclesfield Urban Sanitary District (1875-94) was added to Macclesfield civil parish in 1894.


Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Macclesfield (1885-1974)