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"POTT-SHRIGLEY, a chapelry in the parish of PRESTBURY, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 4½ miles (N.N.E.) from Macclesfield, containing 331 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £1200 private benefaction, £600 royal bounty, and £ 1200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of William Turner, Esq. The chapel is a neat building of stone, with an embattled tower. The Macclesfield and Congleton canal passes through the parish. Freestone and coal abound in the neighbourhood. John Barlow, in 1684, founded a school for ten poor children, with an endowment of about £ 6 per annum, and £ 2 for apprenticing one every third year. There is another smaller sum, the bequest of William Lunt, in 1688, for teaching two children." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Pott Shrigley was a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9480), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Berristall, Birchencliffe, Brook Bank, Cophurst Knott, Mitchell Fold, Unwin Pool and Walkers Green.
  • The population was 369 in 1801, 467 in 1851, 313 in 1901, 415 in 1951, and 220 in 2001.


  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Pott Shrigley.
  • Pott Shrigley: St. Christopher (Church of England). An ancient chapel to Prestbury: St. Peter, which became the district church for Pott Shrigley in 1880.
  • Pott Shrigley, Methodist Chapel, Green Close (New Connexion). Built in 1861.

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Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1998)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Prestbury (1828-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

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Politics and Government

  • Macclesfield Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

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