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"WITHINGTON (LOWER), a township in the parish of PRESTBURY, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 7 miles (N.N.W.) from Congleton, containing 615 inhabitants. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. Tunsted, a hill in this township, is supposed, from its Saxon etymology, viz., the place of a town, to have been the site of an ancient ville of some consequence. A school is supported here, by Mr. Parker, for the instruction of poor children.[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Lower Withington was a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 8170), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1936 to become part of Withington, which itself was renamed Lower Withington in 1978.
  • It includes the hamlets of Broad Hill, Dicklow Cob, Dingle Bank, Gleads Moss, Harrop Green, Hodgehill (part), Jodrell Bank (part), Smiths Green, Trap Street, Whisterfield (part), Whitecroft Green, Windyharbour and Woodcroft Green
  • The population was 540 in 1801, 570 in 1851, 578 in 1901, and 492 in 2001.

For the period 1936 to 1978, see Withington.


  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Lower Withington.
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    Lower Withington, Methodist Chapel
    (Wesleyan). Built in 1808. Registers 1808-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Lower Withington, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1870, closed in 1957. Registers 1941-1954 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

See also Old Withington.

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Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1936)
  • Macclesfield (1978+)

Court Records

  • Prestbury (1828-1936)
  • Macclesfield (1978+)

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Historical Geography

  • 1936 April 1 — Abolished and incorporated into Withington (2393 acres, pop. 531 in 1931)
  • 1978 August 1 — Re-created by renaming Withington.

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Politics and Government

  • Macclesfield Rural District (1875-94)
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1936)
  • Macclesfield (1978+)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1936)