Werneth, Cheshire Genealogy

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Werneth, Cheshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish (England)
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Stockport Borough
County Cheshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Stockport
Registration District Stockport
Records begin
Parish registers: 1839
Bishop's Transcripts: 1847
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Macclesfield
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]

WERNETH, is a township-chapelry, in the parish and union of Stockport, hundred of Macclesfield, North division of the county of Chester, 5 miles NE by E from Stockport. In the township are the hamlets or villages of Compstall, has a post-office under Stockport; Gee-Cross has a post office under Manchester, and Compstall-Bridge, as well a the village of Capethorne. A church, dedicated to St. Paul, a plain but neat structure, was erected in 1841, and is in the village of Compstall. There is a chapel for New Connexion Methodists in Compstall, and at Gee Cross there is a chapel for Unitarians.[1] [2]

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]

Werneth St Paul 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
FMP = FindMyPast
NBI = National Burial Index (findmypast) - (£)[3]
Werneth St Paul Parish (1839) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1839-1848
FMP (£)



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.  Here is a list of parish registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Chapelry of Werneth Parish registers: Chester Record Office call no.: P231/1-2.

Parish registers for chapelry of Werneth, Cheshire, 1839-1887


Baptisms, 1839-1865. Burials, 1841-1887.

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Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • Unitarian
  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • New Connexion Methodist

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]
  • Stockport (1837-97)

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]

Werneth on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted 16 April 2013
  2. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date Accessed: 16 April 2013
  3. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage', Find My Past, accessed 15 October 2013.

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.