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"KNUTSFORD, a parish in the hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the market town of Knutsford, and the townships of Bexton, Over Knutsford, Ollerton, and Toft, and containing 3535 inhabitants, of which number, 2753 are in the town of Nether Knutsford, 2434; miles (N. E. by E.) from Chester, and 172½ (N. W. by N.) from London.   ... The town consists principally of two long streets, and is well paved and supplied with water. ...near the town is a good race-course, the races being held on the last Tuesday in, July. Assemblies take place in the town, in November and December. The manufacture of thread, which formerly nourished here to a considerable extent, has, since the introduction of machinery, given place to the weaving of cotton, in which the principal part of the population is employed, working with hand-looms, for the manufacturers at Manchester and the adjacent towns. The Trent and Mersey canal passes within five miles of the town, affording a communication with Liverpool, ... The market is on Saturday; the fairs, to which a small number of cattle are brought from the neighbouring villages, are, April 23rd, July 10th, and November 8th; a cattle fair is also held at Over Knutsford, on the Tuesday in Whitsun-week. Constables and other officers are appointed at the court leet of the lord of the manor, who also holds a court baron: the hundred court, and the Midsummer and Michaelmas quarter sessions for the county, are held in the town. The sessions-house and house of correction for the county were erected in 1817; ..., comprising spacious court-rooms, with the requisite accommodation for the business of the sessions; the latter, a spacious and commodious building, contains a governor's house, infirmary, and schools, eight day-rooms, seven airing-yards, in some of which are tread-mills, and one hundred and fifty separate cells, for the classification, employment, and instruction of the prisoners. Knutsford, with its several townships, was formerly included in the parish of Rostherne, from which it was severed by act of parliament, in 1714, and formed into a separate parish. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £16 per annum private benefaction, and £400 royal bounty, and in the alternate patronage, according to the following order, of the Lords of the Manors of Over Knutsford, Nether Knutsford, Ollerton,Toft, andBexton. The church, erected in 1744, and dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a neat edifice of brick, with a stone tower. There are places of worship for Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, and Unitarians. The free grammar school was founded and endowed with sixteen marks per annum, in the reign of Edward VI., by an ancestor of the family of Peter Leigh, Esq., of Over Knutsford, who appoints the master and nominates the scholars, ...A parochial school has lately been established, in which seventy boys are taught reading, writing, and arithmetic; and a school, in which one hundred girls are instructed in reading and needlework, is supported by Mrs. Egerton of Tatton. There are also various charitable bequests for distribution among the poor, the proceeds of which, about £100 per annum, are divided by the vicar, churchwardens and overseers of the parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Knutsford, a civil parish [previously an ancient parish] (SJ 7578) created in 1895 by uniting Knutsford Nether and Knutsford Over civil parishes.
  • The population was 5172 in 1901, 6617 in 1951, and 12656 in 2001.

For the period before 1895, see Knutsford Nether and Knutsford Over.



  • Knutsford: St. John the Baptist (formerly dedicated to St. Helena) (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the townships of Knutsford Nether and Knutsford Over.
  • Toft: St. John the Evangelist (Church of England). A district church for part of Knutsford Nether from 1855.
  • Knutsford: St. Cross (Church of England). From 1860 the district church for the township of Knutsford Over, and part of the township of Knutsford Nether.
  • Knutsford: St. Vincent de Paul (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1851.
  • Knutsford, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Princess Street. Founded in 1797, Built in 1865. Registers 1801-1942 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Knutsford, Unitarian Chapel, Brook Street. Built in 1688. Registers of births/baptisms 1827-72, marriages 1840-72 and burials 1827-72 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Knutsford, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Brook Street. Built in 1806, closed in 1938. Records of baptisms, marriages and burials 1904-1937 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

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Civil Registration

  • Altrincham (1895-98)
  • Bucklow (1898-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1895-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

  • Knutsford Urban District (1895-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bucklow (1895-1930).

Voting Registers

  • Knutsford (1895-1974)