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SUTTON (near Macclesfield)

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"SUTTON, a township in the parish of PRESTBURY, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 2¼ miles (S. E. by S.) from Macclesfield, containing 2991 inhabitants, who are principally employed in the silk manufacture. Here are two small bequests, by Catherine Nixon, in 1689, and John Upton, applied to the instruction of poor children. This was the seat of the family of Holinshed, the historian, and is supposed to have been his birthplace." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Sutton was a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9370), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Blakelow, Fools Nook, Gurnett, Jarman, Langley, Lyme Green, Oakgrove, Ridge Hill, Sutton Lane Ends and Symondley.
  • The population was 1739 in 1801, 7525 in 1851, 1294 in 1901, 1948 in 1951, and 2464 in 2001.


  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Sutton.
  • Sutton: St. George (Church of England). Built in 1822 as an independent chapel, becoming a chapel to Prestbury: St. Peter in 1828, and the district church for Sutton in 1835. Closed in 1997.
  • Sutton: St. James (Church of England). Built in 1840 as a chapel to St. George, becoming a district church for part of Sutton in 1860.
  • Sutton: St. Barnabas (Church of England). A chapel to St. George, founded by 1938.
  • Sutton, Methodist Chapel, Hollin Lane (Wesleyan). Built in 1828.
  • Sutton, Methodist (Brunswick) Chapel (Wesleyan), Bridge Street/Mill Lane. Built in 1824, closed in 1986. Records of baptisms 1828-1966, marriages 1861-1983 and burials 1845-1959 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Sutton, Methodist (Bourne) Chapel, Byron Street. Built in 1905(?), closed in 1960. Records of baptisms 1919-1959 and marriages 1906-1960 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Langley, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1858.
  • Sutton Lane Ends, Methodist Chapel (New Connexion).


Civil Registration

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

Court Records

  • Prestbury (wholly, 1828-35 and 1894-1974 ; partly, 1835-94)
  • Macclesfield (Borough) (1835-94) *
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

* The part in Macclesfield (Borough) (1835-94) was added to Macclesfield civil parish in 1894.


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Historical Geography

  • 1894 September 30 — Lost the part in Macclesfield Municipal Borough to Macclesfield (pop. 4887 in 1901)
  • 1936 April 1 — Lost part to Macclesfield (21 acres, pop. 22 in 1931)


Politics and Government

  • Macclesfield Municipal Borough (partly, 1835-94) *
  • Macclesfield Rural Sanitary District (partly, 1875-94)
  • Macclesfield Urban Sanitary District (partly, 1875-94) *
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

* The part in Macclesfield Municipal Borough (1835-94) and Macclesfield Urban Sanitary District (1875-94) was added to Macclesfield civil parish in 1894.


Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Macclesfield (1885-1974)