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Prestbury Parish, Macclesfield Hundred

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Prestbury Parish, Macclesfield Hundred, Cheshire, England Prestbury parish occupied the greater part of the southern half of the Macclesfield Hundred in Cheshire, a county in England.

In the Domesday Survey in 1086, about half of Prestbury Parish was within the precincts of the royal forest of Macclesfield, and twelve townships are mentioned, eight of which are declared waste:

  • Adlington, Butley, Mottram, Macclesfield, Gawsworth, Henbury, Chelford, Capesthorne, Siddington, Marton, North Rode and Bosley.

Prestbury Parish Registers began on 16 April, 1560, probably in obedience to the proclamation of Queen Elizabeth on her accession to the throne in 1558, that every wedding, christening and burial performed be recorded in a Register in the presence of the church wardens, or pay a fine for neglect of duty, one half of which was to go the the poor mens box, the other half to church repair.

By 1875, Prestbuy Parish contained 33 townships, 32 in 1881, 9 of which were situated in the parochial chapelry of Macclesfield. Other townships included:

  • Alderley which eventually separated to form its own parish; and
  • Gawsworth which eventually formed its own parish;
  • Lyme-Hanley;
  • Prestbury;

Excluding St Peter's, the parish church, and the dilapidated chapel of Newton, there are 15 chapels in Prestbury, including two domestic chapels.


  • James Croston, FSA, ed., "The Register Book of Christenings, Wedding, and Burials within the Parish of Prestbury in the County of Chester 1560-1636", The Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Chester, Vol V, (Manchester: The Record Society, 1881), accessed 28 August 2014, [1] pp.vi-viii.
  • Renaud, MD, Frank. "Contributions Towards a History of the Ancient Parish of Prestbury, in Cheshire". Remains Historical & Literary connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester. Vol XCVII. Manchester: The Chetham Society, 1876. Accessed: 26 August 2014. https://archive.org/stream/contributionsto00renagoog#page/n148/mode/2up.

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