Tarporley, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Tarporley, Cheshire
St Helen's Church, Tarporley.jpg
St Helen's Church, Tarporley
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Eddisbury
County Cheshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Nantwich
Registration District Nantwich
Records begin
Parish registers: 1557
Bishop's Transcripts: 1600
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]

TARPORLEY (St. Helen), is a market-town and parish, in the union of Nantwich, First division of the hundred of Eddisbury, South division of the county of Chester; containing, with the townships of Eaton, Rushton, and Utkinton, is 10½ miles ESE from Chester. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.[1]

Tarporley St Helen's is an Ancient Parish in Cheshire including Eaton, Rushton and Utkinton.

The first documentary evidence of a church on this site is in 1287. The earliest parts of the present church are the two chapels which date from the 15th century. The rest of the church has been altered in a series of restorations. The Arderne (north) chapel was remodelled in 1861, the Utkinton (south) chapel in 1865.

Tarporley was a township in Tarporley Parish, Eddisbury Hundred, which became a civil parish in 1866. In 1936 part of Eaton (near Tarporley) was added to Tarporley.

It included the hamlets of Arderne (part), Birch Heath, Cobblers Green and Rhuddall Heath.

Tarporley is a large village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. Tarporley civil parish also contains the village of Rhuddall Heath.

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]

Tarporley St Helen 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
Tarporley St Helen Parish (1557) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1825-1852

FS PR's 1557-1909
FS BT'S 1627-1864   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 Tarporley, Cheshire, 1558-1923 Cheshire Record Office reference: P22/1/1-6, P22/2/1-4, P22/3/1-5, P22/5/1-2, P22/6-7.

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

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Early registers, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1558-1577. BRITISH 2106812 Item 10
Marriages 1575-1754. Baptisms and burials, 1575-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1882. BRITISH 2106813
Baptisms, 1882-1921. Marriages, 1754-1923. Marriage banns, 1830-1898. BRITISH 2106814
Burials, 1813-1888. Rough register of baptisms and burials, 1808-1830. Register of graves, 1830-1853. BRITISH 2106815 Items 1 - 4

Bishop's transcripts for Tarporley, 1600-1864 Text in Latin and English.
Records are not in strict chronological order. Some years are missing.

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

Bishop's transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1600, 1611-1618, 1622-1641, 1663-1664, 1668-1685, 1688-1761, 1814. Baptisms, burials, 1762-1799, 1801-1813, 1817-1824.Baptisms, 1815-1816, 1825. BRITISH 1751853
Baptisms, marriage, burials, 1830-1851. Baptisms, burials, 1825-1829, 1839-1847. Baptisms, 1852. BRITISH 1751854
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1851-1864. BRITISH 1751855

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Non-Conformist Records:

Cheshire Record Office Reference EMS 253 Tarporley Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Registers 1902-75, Various records 1834-1961 URL http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=017-ems253&cid=0

Church records for the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Tarporley, 1839-1894, 1902-1961 Cheshire Record Office call nos.: ZCR 55/129, EMS 253/1/1.

An index for Cheshire Non-conformist records is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records.

Other Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1839-1865, 1880-1894. VAULT BRITISH 2299384 Item 2
Marriages, 1902-1961. FHL BRITISH 2299525 Item 20

Church records for the Tarporley Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, 1839-1929 Localities include Tarporley, Eaton, Eddisbury, Tarvin, Tattenhall, Rushton, Crewe, Burton, Alpraham, Acton, Bickerton, Duddon, Bunbury, Calveley, Ashton, Clotton Hoofield, Little Budworth, Kelsall, Beeston, Tilstone, Oscroft, Willington, Spurstow, Wardle, Woodworth Green, Ellesmere Port, Rushton, Birch Heath,Cheshire Record Office reference: EMC 16/4/1-2.

An index for Cheshire Non-conformist records is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records.

Other Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1867-1888, 1839-1929 (Bunbury Chapel, 1839-1881). VAULT BRITISH 2299551 Items 1 - 2

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]
  • Nantwich (1837–92)
  • Chester (1892–1937)
  • Northwich (1937–74)
  • 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]

Tarporley on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 10 April 2013
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 14 October 2013.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 317–321
Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, pp. 72–73, ISBN 1871731232
Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 350–351, ISBN 0 300 09588 0