The Cheshire Churches section of the website is intended to provide more in-depth information for family and local histrorians about churches in Cheshire and therir records.
It currently covers Church of England places of worship where baptisms, marriages and burials have been recorded, from the 16th century to the present day. It is intended that Roman Catholic and non-conformist places of worship will be soon covered as well.
A very brief outline of the history of the church is provided, with a description of the area which it served. There were many different types of ecclesiastical districts, ranging from ancient parishes (i.e. those in existence before 1750), parochial chapelries, district chapelries, chapelry districts, and consolidated chapelries, many of which became "new parishes" in the twentieth century. These were all distinct from the civil parishes used for local government purposes after 1866, which evolved from the ancient townships (which themselves were smaller divisions of ancient parishes) and extra-parochial areas. For the sake of simplicity, the term "district" is used here to represent the geographical area served exclusively by an individual church. Boundaries of many districts were described in the London Gazette between 1830 and 1960, and these very detailed descriptions have been included where possible.
Much of the information concerning Church of England records is taken from Cheshire Parish Registers : A Summary Guide. 6th edition (2002). This publication is now out of print, and the current website is intended as an expanded and updated replacement for the printed version. For each church or chapel, the following information is given, where applicable:
All information shown is believed to be correct at the time of publication, but readers are always advised to check current holdings before visiting local archival repositories or churches. The compilers can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions found on these pages.
Index of Churches
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