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"MACCLESFIELD-FOREST, a chapelry in the parish of PRESTBURY, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 4 miles (E. by S.) from Macclesfield, containing 260 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £800 royal bounty. The Earl of Derby was patron in 1799. " [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Macclesfield Forest was a township and chapelry in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9772), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1981 to become part of Macclesfield Forest & Wildboarclough.
  • The population was 215 in 1801, 269 in 1851, 172 in 1901, and 122 in 1951.

For the period after 1981, see Macclesfield Forest & Wildboarclough.


  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Macclesfield Forest.
  • Macclesfield: St. Michael & All Angels (Church of England). An ancient chapel to Prestbury, which became the district church for Macclesfield Forest in 1835
  • Forest Chapel: St. Stephen (Church of England). Built in 1683 as a chapel to Prestbury: St. Peter, becoming the district church for Macclesfield Forest in 1906.
  • Rainow: Holy Trinity (Church of England). The district church for Macclesfield Forest from 1973.

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Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1981)

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Politics and Government

  • Macclesfield Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-81)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1915)
  • Macclesfield (1918-74)