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"PRESTBURY, a parish in the hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the market-town of Macclesfield, the chapelries of Bosley, Capesthorne, Chelford, Macclesfield - Forest, Marton, Poynton, Pott-Shrigley, Rainow, Siddington, and Wincell, and the townships of Adlington, Birtles, Boilington, Butley, Eaton, Fallybroom, Henbury with Pexall, Hurdsfield, Kettleshulme, Lyme-Handley, Mottram St. Andrew Newton, Prestbury, North Rode, Sutton, Tytherington, Upton, Wildboar-Clough, Lower Withington, Old Withington, Woodford, and Worth, and containing 34,976 inhabitants, of which number, 440 are in the township of Prestbury, 2¾ miles (N. N. W.) from Macclesfield. ... More" [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Prestbury, also a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9078), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Bradley Mount and Withinlee (part).
  • The population was 466 in 1801, 373 in 1851, 291 in 1901, 1693 in 1951, and 3324 in 2001.
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Churches

  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Prestbury.
  • Upton Priory: Church of the Resurrection (Church of England). A district church for part of Prestbury from 1975.
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Civil Registration

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

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

Transcription for Prestbury from Samuel Lewis - A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831)

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"PRESTBURY, a parish and township in the hundred of Macclesfield, county Chester, 2¼ miles N.W. of Macclesfield, its post town, and 15¼ E. of Manchester. It is a station on the Manchester and Macclesfield railway. This parish, which is of large extent and very populous, includes the town of Macclesfield, the villages of Bollington, Bosley, Capesthorne, Chelford, Henbury, Hurdsfield, Marton, Poynton, Pott-Shrigley, Rainow, North Rode, Saltersford, Siddington, Sutton, Wincle, Woodford, and 15 townships, each of which is described under its own head. The soil is in some parts sandy, and in others clayey. A considerable portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the silk and cotton mills, and others in agriculture. A court leet and baron for the township is held twice a year in May and December. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Chester, value £500. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient structure, with a lofty tower containing eight bells. On the S. side is an ancient building of stone, supposed to have been a Norman chapel, with an enriched western entrance. The church contains a piscina and several mural monuments. The interior was improved and restored in 1857. In addition to the parish church are the following district churches, viz: Macclesfield, Christchurch, St. Paul's, St. Peter, Macclesfield Forestchapel, Bollington, Bosley, Capesthorne, Chelford, Henbury, Hurdsfield, Marton, Poynton, Pott-Shrigley, Rainow, North-Rode, Saltersford, Siddington, Sutton St. George, Sutton St. James, Wincle, and Woodford, most of which are described under their separate heads; the livings are all perpetual curacies, varying in value from £300 to £48. The parochial charities produce about £40 per annum. There is a free school for both sexes, also a Sunday-school. In the township of Butley, in this parish, several tumuli containing urns and other relics of antiquity, were discovered in 1808. T. Legh, Esq., is lord of the manor.

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Historical Geography

Places in Prestbury ancient parish with separate pages

 

You can see the administrative areas in which Prestbury has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ907745 (Lat/Lon: 53.267639, -2.141605), Prestbury which are provided by:

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Politics & Government

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

  • Macclesfield
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Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1948)
  • Macclesfield (1948-74)