"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.

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+)

Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"MOBBERLEY, a parish in the hundred of Bucklow, county Chester, 2 miles N.E. of Knutsford, its post town, and 4 from Wilmslow. It is a station of the Northwich and Altrincham branch of the Cheshire Midland railway. The village, which is extensive, is situated on a branch of the river Bollin. In 1206 a priory of Black Canons was founded by the Mobberleys, but it existed only a short time. On the site of the priory is the old manor house, now in a ruinous condition, with the exception of an oak staircase and some empanelled rooms. It came through the Mobberleys and Talbots to the Leycesters of Toft, and so to the Mallory family. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture and in the manufacture of cotton goods. The parish, which comprises about 10,000 acres, is divided into three baronies, for each of which a distinct court is held annually by its lord. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester, value £524. The church, dedicated to St. Wilfrid, is an ancient structure, with an embattled tower containing a clock and six bells. The church was restored by the Talbots in 1533, when the tower was rebuilt. The interior contains some stone stalls, a richly carved screen, and the remains of a rood-loft, also several marble monuments and a singular one painted on wood. The parochial charities produce about £31 per annum, of which £11 go to the free school, in which a Sunday-school is also held. There are places of worship for the Independents and Wesleyans. Mobberley Old Hall, New Hall, and Newton Hall are the principal residences, the latter being now occupied as a ladies' school."


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 & 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

  • Altrincham (1836-95)
  • Bucklow (1895-1930)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1974)