Macclesfield Poor Law Union, Cheshire Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

A parliamentary report of 1777 recorded local workhouses in operation at
Adlington (for up to 42 )
Bollington (18)
Chorley (80)
Eaton (12)
Gawsworth (28)
Pott Shrigley (20)
Macclesfield (160)
Rode (6)
Sutton (20)
Rainow (30)

Constituent Parishes[edit | edit source]

Macclesfield Poor Law Union was formed 3 September 1836 and included the following parishes & townships: Adlington,  Alderley, Cheshire, Nether, Alderley Over,  Birtles,St Catherine, Bollington,  Bosley, Cheshire, Butley, Capesthorne with Siddiddington  Capesthorne, Holy Trinity, CheshireChelford, Cheshire, Chorley, Eaton, Fallybroome,  Gawsworth, Cheshire,   Henbury St Thomas, Henbury cum Pexall, Cheshire, Hurdsfield Holy Trinity, Cheshire,Kettleshulme, Lyme Handley, Macclesfield Macclesfield, St Michael'sMacclesfield, Christ Church, CheshireMacclesfield, St Paul, Cheshire Macclesfield, St Peter, Macclesfield Forest St Stephen,Cheshire, Marton , Mottram St Andrew, Henbury with Pexall, Newton,  North Rode, Cheshire, Pott Shrigley Pott Shrigley, CheshirePoynton, CheshirePrestbury, CheshireRainow, Cheshire, Siddington, Snelson, Sutton Lane Ends see Sutton, Cheshire, Taxall see Taxal, Cheshire, Titherington, Upton , Warford Great, Whaley cum Yeardsley , Wildboarclough St Saviour, CheshireWincle, CheshireLower Withington, St Peter,Cheshire, Withington Old, Woodford Woodford, Christ Church, Cheshire, & Worth .
Later additions: Alderley Edge  (1894-1930), Kerridge  (1894-1900)

Records[edit | edit source]

Registers of admissions, births, baptisms, and deaths at the Macclesfield Union workhouse, 1848-1949 Microfilm of original filmed at the Cheshire Record Office in Chester, England
Cheshire Record Office call no.: LGM 1/1-26, LGM 7, LGM 8/1, LGM 9/1-6.
England, Cheshire workhouse records are available online in FamilySearch Historical Records (formerly Record Search)
Admissions and discharges, 1863-Sep. 1867. FHL BRITISH Film 2299165 Items 13 - 14 Admissions and discharges, Sep. 1867-1876. VAULT BRITISH Film 2299166 Admissions and discharges, 1875-1885 (all left-handed pages appear first, then all right-handed pages). VAULT BRITISH Film 2299205
Admissions and discharges, 1885-1895 (all left-handed pages appear first, then all right-handed pages). VAULT BRITISH Film 2299206 Admissions and discharges, 1895-1900 (all left-handed pages appear first, then all right-handed pages). Births, 1848-1865. Baptisms, 1900-1930.deaths, 1848-1949. FHL BRITISH Film 2299207

Cheshire Record Office
Duke Street,
Tel: 01244 602574

Military patients admissions and discharges (1914-25); Births (1848-65); Baptisms (1898-1930); Deaths (1848-1949); Creed register (1885-90; 1902-23); Punishment book (1849-1912)

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

• A Walk Through the Public Institutions of Macclesfield (Macclesfield Courier and Herald, 1888)
• Macclesfield Workhouse edited by Patricia Brigg (Graveyard press, 1999)

[edit | edit source] Peter Higginbotham's useful website has maps and images of the Union workhouse buildings and history.