Wincle, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Wincle, Cheshire
St Michael's Church. Wincle.jpg
St Michael's Church. Wincle
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Macclesfield
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Macclesfield
Registration District Macclesfield
Records begin
Parish registers: 1803
Bishop's Transcripts: 1813
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]

WINCLE, is a chapelry, in the parish of Prestbury, union and hundred of Macclesfield, North division of the county of Chester, 5½ miles SE by S from Macclesfield. The chapel was erected about 1642.[1]

Wincle St Michael became a parish in 1725 a chapelry in the ancient parish of Prestbury, Cheshire.

Wincle’s parish church was built in 1647 on the site of a Neolithic burial mound, and heavily restored in 1882. According to Sir Philip Brocklehurst’s book on the area, it was once said that a certain hospital in Manchester procured the bulk of its anatomical subjects from Wincle church’s graveyard, thanks to an unscrupulous sexton who was bribed to dispatch the bodies the night after they were buried.

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]

Wincle St Michael 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
FMP = FindMyPast
NBI = National Burial Index (findmypast) - (£)[2]
Wincle St Michael Parish (1803) Online Records


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FS PR's 1800-1875
FS BT'S 1813-1872



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.

Prestbury, St. Peter (C of E). The ancient parish church for Wincle.
Wincle, St. Michael (C of E). A chapelry to Prestbury, becoming the parish church for Wincle in 1869 Registers of Baptisms 1803–1875 and Burials 1803–1925 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office. Marriage registers from 1871 are held at the church Microfilm of originals at the Cheshire Record Office in Chester, England. Wincle is a township and a chapelry in Prestbury parish. Cheshire Record Office reference: P33/1-3. 

Parish Register Content FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, 1803-1875.  Burials, 1877-1925. BRITISH 2105392 Items 7 - 9

Bishop's Transcripts Microfilm of originals in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester. Chapelry in Prestbury parish.
Cheshire Record Office: EDB 222

Bishop's Transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, 1813-1824, 1826-1870, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1871-1872. BRITISH 1647761 Item 3

Parish of St. Michael, Wincle, County of Cheshire, U.K. (Macclesfield Hundred), burials, 31 Aug. 1803 - 24 Nov. 1925 
Author Taylor, David  Microfiche of original published: [S.l.] : North Cheshire Family History Society, 1998. The chapelry of Wincle is also known as St. Michael's. Wincle is a chapelry in Prestbury parish. Record is in two parts, the first being in chronological order and the second in alphabetical order. Parish of St. Michael, Wincle, baptisms 1803-1875
North Cheshire Family History Society

Notes Added title page: An alphabetical list of baptisms 1803-1875 recorded in the parish registers of St. Michael Wincle, county of Cheshire, U.K.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Allgreave, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1871.

Non-Conformist Records:

Records formerly held at Manchester Central Library Church Register list:

Baptisms-1732-1754- MFPR 443
Baptisms-1757-1757- MFPR 443
Baptisms-1759-1759- MFPR 443
Burials-1732-1754- MFPR 443
Burials-1757-1757- MFPR 443
Burials-1759-1759- MFPR 443
Marriages-1731-1732- MFPR 443

For original registers of above please inquire at Cheshire Record Office.

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

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]
  • Macclesfield (1837–1998)
  • Cheshire East (post 1998)

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]

Wincle on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 29 March 2013
  2. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage', Find My Past, accessed 15 October 2013.