Little Leigh, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Little Leigh, Cheshire
St Michael's and All Angels, Little Leigh Cheshire.jpg
St Michael's and All Angels, Little Leigh Cheshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Eddisbury
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Northwich
Registration District Northwich
Records begin
Parish registers: 1561
Bishop's Transcripts: 1576
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Middlewich
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]

LEIGH (LITTLE), is a village, a township, and a chapelry in Great Budworth parish, Cheshire. The village stands near the Grand Trunk Canal and the River Weaver, 3½ miles NW of Northwich railway station. The chapelry includes also the townships of Dutton and Bartington; and was constituted in 1833. There is a Baptist chapel.[1]

Little Leigh, St Michael and All Angels was formerly a chapel in the Ancient parish of Great Budworth, Cheshire including Bartington, Little Leigh and part of Dutton.

The present church was built in 1879 to a design by Edmund Kirby. Before the church was built the chapel [from the 1770's] stood in what is now the churchyard.

Reredos in St Michaels and All Angels, Little Leigh .jpg

St Michael and All Angels Church, Little Leigh is in the village of Little Leigh, Cheshire, England. The church is a Grade II listed building. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Great Budworth.

Little Leigh is a civil parish and village within the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is located approximately 2 miles north of Weaverham on the A533 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]

Little Leigh St Michael and All Angels 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
Little Leigh St Michael and All Angels Parish (1782) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1782-1909
FS BT'S 1813-1864   NONE

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 the chapelry of Little Leigh, 1782-1983 Little Leigh was a chapelry in the parish of Great Budworth and a parish from 1866

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in FamilySearch Historical Records

Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1782-1937. Marriages, 1844-1847. Banns, 1844-1956. Burials, 1841-1915. BRITISH 1656403 Items 2 - 8
Marriages, 1847-1983 BRITISH 2045911 Item 3
Marriages, 1847-1983. BRITISH 2069091 Item 3
Burials, 1915-1982. Graves, 1920-1959. BRITISH 2147302 Items 5 - 6

Bishop's transcripts for Little Leigh, 1813-1864 Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 128

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

Bishop's transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1813-1840, 1853, 1855. Baptisms, burials, 1841-1845, 1847-1852, 1854, 1856, 1858-1864. BRITISH 1647518 Item 2

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:

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]
  • Northwich (1837–1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974–98)
  • Cheshire Central (1998–2009)
  • Cheshire West (post 2009)

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]

Little Leigh on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 26 March 2013

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 255, ISBN 0 300 09588 0