Middlewich, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Middlewich, Cheshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Eddisbury; Northwich
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Northwich
Registration District Nantwich; Northwich
Records begin
Parish registers: 1613
Bishop's Transcripts: 1588
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Middlewich
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]

MIDDLEWICH (St. Michael and All Angels), is a market-town and parish, in the union of Northwich, and South division of the county of Chester; comprising the townships of Byley withYatehouse, Clive, Croxton, Kinderton with Hulme, Middlewich, Minshull-Vernon, Mooresbarrow with Parme, Newton, Occlestone, Ravenscroft, Sproston, Stublach, Sutton, Wimboldsley and part of Leese; and the township of Weever. There are places of worship for the Society of Friends, Independents and Wesleyans.[1]

There has been a settlement at Middlewich since at least the time of the Roman occupation. The parish church of St. Michael and All Angels dates back to the 12th century. Middlewich is a market town in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England.

Middlewich was a township in Middlewich Parish, Northwich Hundred, which became a civil parish in 1866. It was extended in 1894 to include parts of Kinderton cum Hulme and Newton (near Middlewich).

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]

Middlewich 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
Middlewich St Michael Parish (1588) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1613-1909
FS BT'S 1600-1877

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.

Middlewich, St Michael and All Angels, Cheshire

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

  • 1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 at FindMyPast ($), index and images (coverage may vary)
  • 1600s-1910 Cheshire Non-Conformist & Roman Catholic Registers (Baptism) 17th Century-1910 at FindMyPast ($); index and images (dates may vary by parish)
  • 1671-1900 England, Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index (dates may vary by parish)
  • Middlewich, St. Mary, New King Street. Founded 1865, Built in 1890. Registers of baptisms 1866–1953 and marriages 1869–1942 are at the Cheshire Record Office Reference ERC 7
  • Middlewich St Mary's Roman Catholic church
    Date 1866-1971
    Description baptism registers 1866-1953, marriage registers 1869-1942, confirmation register 1880-1958,1971
    Their website is here.
  • Middlewich, Central Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Lewin Street. Built in 1828, rebuilt in 1909, closed in 1969. Cheshire Record Office reference EMS 189
  • Middlewich, Central Chapel
    Date 1809-1973
    Registers of christenings and marriages, minutes, accounts, administrative records
  • A chapel was built in Lewin Street by the Wesleyan Methodists in 1828. A new building was erected in 1909 and closed in 1969.
    Extent 245 items
    Their website is here

Church records for the Central Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Lewin Street, Middlewich, 1840-1969 Cheshire Record Office reference: EMS 189/1/1-3; EMS 189/2/1-4

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

Other Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1840-1940. Marriages, 1918-1969 BRITISH 2299474 Items 3 - 9
Baptisms, 1840-1940. BRITISH 2000038 Items 7 - 9

Middlewich, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Queen Street. Founded 1797.

Church records, 1809-1837 Public Record Office, London.Births, baptisms and burials, 1809-1837

Other Content FHL Film
Church records BRITISH 20048 Item 15
Church records BRITISH 1482352 Item 6

Church records for the Chester Road United Methodist Free Chapel, Middlewich, 1868-1904 Cheshire Record Office reference: EMS 191/1/1-2.

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

Other Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1868-1904 BRITISH 2299474 Items 10 - 11

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]
  • Northwich (1837–1974)
  • Congleton and Crewe (1974–88)
  • South Cheshire (1988–98)
  • Cheshire Central (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]

Middlewich on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., 'A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 2 April 2013

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: B. T Batsford, pp. 234–237

Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 52, ISBN 1871731232

Richards, Raymond (1971), Old Cheshire Churches: A Survey of their History, Fabric and Furniture with Records of the Older Monuments