Chester St Mary on the Hill, Cheshire Genealogy

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Chester St Mary on the Hill, Cheshire
St Mary Church Chester 2.jpg
St Mary Church Chester 2
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Broxton; Wirrall
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Chester Incorporation
Registration District Great Boughton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1628
Bishop's Transcripts: 1601
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Chester
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cheshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

St Mary on the Hill is a parish in the city of Chester.[1]

The parish of Upton was annexed to St Mary on the Hill.[2]

For more information on the city, see Chester.

An ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Claverton, Little Mollington, Marlston cum Lache, Moston (near Chester), Upton by Chester and part of the city of Chester. The original church was closed in 1887 and replaced by St. Mary without the Walls in Overleigh Road.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Chester St Mary on the Hill parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

CPR = Cheshire Parish Register Project - free[3]
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - (£)[4]
FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
CPR To 1871
To 1871
To 1871



To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Registers of Baptisms 1628–1984, Marriages 1630–1975 and Burials 1628–1854 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office. Here is a list of parish registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Parish registers for St. Mary's Church, Chester, 1628-1953 Cheshire Record Office call no.: P 20/1/1-4, P 20/2/1-8, P 20/3/1-24, P 20/4/1-4.

Parish Registers: St. Mary's Church, Chester Film
Baptisms, 1628-1701; marriages, 1630-1700; burials, 1628-1706. Baptisms, 1701-1740; burials, 1706-1740; marriages, 1700-1740. Baptisms, 1740-1782; burials, 1740-1744. 2045839
Burials, 1744-1782; marriages, 1741-1754. Baptisms, 1776-1812; burials, 1782-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1836.
Baptisms, 1836-1922. Marriages, 1754-1766.
Marriages, 1766-1772, 1789-1805, 1772-1789, 1805-1822.
Marriages, 1822-1849.
Marriages, 1849-1866.
Marriages, 1866-1888.
Marriages, 1889-1921. Burials, 1813-1854. Memorial inscriptions within Church, ca. 1500-ca. 1900 (Some Latin.).
Marriages, 1921-1953.
2262873 Items 2 - 5

Bishop's transcripts for St. Mary's-on-the-Hill Church, Chester, 1601-1894 Bishop's Transcripts Cheshire Record Office reference:EDB 56

Bishop's Transcript: St. Mary's-on-the-Hill Church, Chester, FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1601, 1604-1605, 1616, 1622, 1624-1625, 1627, 1630-1631, 1663-1664, 1666, 1668-1675, 1677-1795, 1798, 1800, 1802-1817. Baptisms, 1818. Marriages, Jan-Apr 1818. BRITISH 1655535 Item 2
Baptisms, 1819-1838. Marriages, Mar 1818-May 1838. Burials, 1818-1837. BRITISH 1655536
Baptisms, 1839-1856, 1860. Marriages, May-December- Feb 1856. Burials, 1838-1854. BRITISH 1655537
Baptisms, 1857-1872. Marriages, Feb 1856- Nov 1872. BRITISH 1655538
Baptisms, 1873-1894. Marriages, Nov 1872-1873. 1655539 Item 1
Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:

Civil Registration Districts[edit | edit source]

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Chester Poor Law Union

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

see also England Cheshire Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Chester St Mary on the Hill on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 576-586. Date accessed: 18 March 2019.
  2. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 15 February 2013
  3. 'CPR Project Progress (As on 17 January 2014),' Cheshire Parish Register Project, accessed 1 February 2014.
  4. Cheshire Coverage, The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 16 October 2013.