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"MOBBERLEY, a parish in the hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, 3 miles (E. N. E.) from Nether Knutsford, containing 1198 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £ 23.3.4., and in the patronage of the Rev. J. H. Mallory. The church, dedicated to St. Wilfrid, has a rich screen, the remains of a rood loft, and some stalls in the chancel: it was thoroughly repaired and the tower rebuilt with stone in 1533, at the expense of Sir John Talbot. There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyan Methodists., A free grammar school was founded, in 1569, by the Rev.William Griffith, who endowed it with the interest of £200. The manufacture of cotton is carried on at this place, a large factory affording employment to about one hundred persons. Three distinct courts baron are annually held for the several manors within the parish. A priory of Black canons, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Wilfrid, was founded here, in 1206, by Patrick de Modberley, who having only a life interest in the property with which he endowed it, the establishment existed but a short time." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Mobberley,  a township and ancient parish in Bucklow hundred (SJ 7980), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Baguley Green, Barnes Brow, Burleyhurst, Gorsey Brow, Knolls Green, Newton, Paddockhill (part), Saltersley, Tipping Brow and Woodend.
  • The population was 993 in 1801, 1275 in 1851, 1353 in 1901, 1913 in 1951, and 2546 in 2001.


  • Mobberley: St. Wilfrid (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Mobberley.
  • Ashley: St. Elizabeth (Church of England). From 1881 the district church for part of the township of Mobberley.
  • Mobberley, Friends' Meeting House (Quakers). Burial registers 1655-1742 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Mobberley, Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Faulkner Lane. Founded in 1836, Built in 1882.
  • Knolls Green, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Pepper Street. Built in 1783 as a Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), taken over by Independents in 1803, closed in 1961.
  • Mobberley, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Pepper Street.

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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 (1828-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

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Historical Geography

  • 1936 April 1 — Gained parts of Great Warford (102 acres, pop. 18 in 1931) and Styal (2 acres, pop. 0 in 1931)

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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)
  • Knutsford (1885-1974)