High Legh, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to High Legh, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

High Legh, Cheshire
High Legh St John Cheshire contributor Whatlep.jpg
High Legh St John Cheshire contributor Whatlep
Type Ecclesiastical Parish (England)
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bucklow
County Cheshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Altrincham
Registration District Altrincham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1815
Bishop's Transcripts: 1819
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Frodsham
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province Canterbury
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]

LEGH (HIGH), is a village and a township-chapelry in Rostherne parish, Cheshire. The village stands 3¼ miles S of Heatley and Warburton railway station, and 5 miles NW of Knutsford; it is a scattered place; and has a post office under Knutsford. The church was built in 1815; superseded a previous edifice of 1404.[1]

High Legh St John, Cheshire,was created in 1815 as a chapel to Rostherne and became a parish in 1817.

High Legh St Mary's chapel was built around 1581 as a chapel of ease to High Legh East Hall. High Legh became a separate parish in 1817.

High Legh is the site of an early Methodist chapel in Northwood Lane, with Wesleyan connections.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. 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]

High Legh parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's =FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
High Legh St John Parish (1813) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images


FS BT'S 1820-1902

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.

Parish registers for High Legh, 1815-1956 High Legh is a chapelry in Rostherne parish.Cheshire Record Office reference: P197/1/1-2.

Here is a list of church records on microfilm at theFamily History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1815-1956. BRITISH 2105710 Items 11 - 12

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available FamilySearch Historical Records( formerly Record Search)

Bishop's transcripts for High Legh, 1819-1902 High Legh is a chapelry in the parish of Rostherne. Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 110

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online FamilySearch Historical Records (formerly Record Search)

Bishop’s Transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1819-1879, 1883-1902. BRITISH 1647431 Item 5
Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Independent Methodist Chapel

Non-Conformist Records:

Warrington Library Document Reference WMS 2249 High Legh Independent Methodist church records Description Miscellaneous papers including history of the church (1783-1983) and papers relating to the Okell family Extent 1 bundle

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:

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]
  • Altrincham (1837–98)
  • Bucklow (1898–1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974–98)
  • Cheshire East (post 1998)

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

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]

High Legh on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 8 March 2013

Bolton, Humphrey (January 2007), High Legh, Macclesfield District, Cheshire: History, Geograph, http://www.geograph.org.uk/article/High-Legh---Macclesfield-District---Cheshire

Thornber, Craig, A Scrapbook of Cheshire Antiquities: Leigh and Legh of High Legh: East Hall and its Chapel, http://www.thornber.net/cheshire/htmlfiles/legh.html,

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 239, ISBN 0 300 09588 0