Ringway, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Ringway, Cheshire
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Ringway St Mary contributor Chris Shaw
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bucklow
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Altrincham
Registration District Altrincham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1783
Bishop's Transcripts: 1786
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]

RINGWOOD (St. Peter and St. Paul), is a market town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Ringwood, Ringwood and S. divisions of the county of Southampton; containing, with the tythings of North Ashley, Bistern with Crow, Burley, and Kingston, it is 20 miles WSW from Southampton. The town is situated on the eastern bank of the navigable River Avon. A railway was completed in 1847, from Southampton, by Ringwood, to Dorchester. The parochial chapelry of Harbridge was annexed to it. At Bistern and Burley are other churches. There are places of worship for Independents and Unitarians.[1]

Ringway St Mary and All Saints was established in 1515 as "Ringey Chapel," a chapel of ease in Bowdon, Cheshire Ancient Parish.

In 1720 a New Chapel was built and a year later Dissenting worshippers were forcibly ejected from the chapel.

The Chapel became the Parish Church of All Saints in 1863. Ringey Chapel is shown on a map of 1577 by Christopher Saxton. On a later map by John Speed it was wrongly named but marked just south of the River Bollin. On later maps it was put right as Ringey.

Sir Peter Leycester mentions it as a ‘Chapel of Ease’ which was seized during the Civil War by the non-conformists.

In about 1721 John Crewe of Crewe Hall inherited the Lordship of Ringway and declared his intention of restoring the chapel to the Established Church.

In 1863 it had been detached from Bowdon and became a District Chapelry. The records of Baptisms commenced in 1751 but those of burials at Ringway did not begin until 1821, burials before this time being at Bowdon.

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]

Ringway St Mary and All Saints parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's =FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
Ringway St Mary and All Saints Parish (1751) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1786-1798, 1800-1816, 1818-1855

FS PR's 1751-1909
FS BT'S 1786-1892   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.

Bowdon, St. Mary (C of E). The ancient parish church for Ringway.
Ringway, St. Mary & All Saints (C of E). Founded 1751 as a chapel to Bowdon, becoming a parish church in 1863. Closed in 1967 and replaced by Hale Barns, All Saints. Registers of Baptisms 1751–1959, Marriages 1864–1967 and Burials 1826–1997 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office

The chapelry of Ringway, or Ringey, is in the parish of Bowdon. Ringway later became a parish.
Cheshire Record Office Call number: P236/5388/1-2, 6.

Parish Register Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1751-1785, 1905-1959. Burials, 1826-1992. BRITISH 2147302 Items 1 - 3

Bishop's Transcripts The chapelry of Ringway, or Ringey, is in the parish of Bowdon. Cheshire Record Office call number: EDB 175.

Bishop's Transcript Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1793, 1786-1792, 1794-1798, 1800-1816, 1818-1892. Burials, 1826, 1829-1830, 1832-1869, 1871-1879, 1883-1892. BRITISH 1701325 Item 2
Baptisms, 1786-1798, 1800-1816, 1818-1828, 1831, 1863-1870, 1887, 1891. Baptisms, burials, 1829-1830, 1832-1862, 1871-1886, 1890-1892. BRITISH 1836023 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:

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]
  • Bucklow (1900–74)
  • Manchester (1974–2009)
  • Cheshire West and Chester 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]

Ringway on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 25 Jan 2013
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 14 October 2013.