Place:Prestbury, Cheshire, England

Alt namesBradley Mountsource: hamlet in parish
Withinleesource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Parish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.283°N 2.15°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoMacclesfield Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Macclesfield Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Macclesfield District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
Cheshire East District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality and unitary authority covering the area since 2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Prestbury was the largest ancient parish in Cheshire. In 1870 it was reckoned to cover 61,901 acres according to John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. At the time of the Norman conquest, the parish was even larger and consisted of thirty-five townships.

It was also a township within the ancient parish and the township became a civil parish in 1866. It includes the hamlets of Bradley Mount and part of Withinlee. The population of the township was 466 in 1801, 373 in 1851, 291 in 1901, 1,693 in 1951, and 3,324 in 2001. (Source: GENUKI)

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Prestbury is a village, civil parish and ecclesiastical parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. Prestbury is a long, narrow parish covering 1,165 hectares to the west of the Peak Park foothills and to the east of the sandstone ridge which is known as ‘the edge’ (as in Alderley Edge). The village is about 1.5 miles (3 km) north of Macclesfield.

At the time of the UK 2001 census, the civil parish had a population of 3,324. It is one of the most sought after and expensive places to live outside of London. Three of the original townships, Butley, Fallibroome and Prestbury, constitute the present civil parish of Prestbury.

The present ecclesiastical parish is almost the same as the former Prestbury local government ward which consisted of the civil parishes of Prestbury, Adlington, and Mottram St. Andrew. The population of the former ward in 2001 was 5,034.


[This is a "pared-down" reproduction of the article in Wikipedia.] Prestbury lies between Macclesfield and Wilmslow, for the most part on elevated ground above the flood-prone River Bollin. The ancient Forest of Macclesfield is to the east.

As a result of being initially settled by priests an enclosure was chosen with a defensible location on the River Bollin where there was relatively high ground close to the river on both sides so that crossing was easy. From there they could travel to all parts of a parish which was extensive, though thinly populated, in part because the countryside was wild and barren and in part because the forest was reserved for hunting.

The school, smithies, the mill, inns and the stocks centre on a village street called "The Village", which is broad enough for cattle fairs and the like. Until the 19th century the village street was connected to Pearl Street, the main street of Butley, by a ford.

During the 19th century Prestbury became involved in the silk industry. Swanwick's factory operated and cottages were built for the workers ("Factory Cottages" or "Irish Row"). Weavers' cottages were built on both New Road and the Village[5] with upper storeys for weaving.

In the 20th century, improved communications made it possible for Prestbury to develop into a residential community.

Research Tips

  • The GENUKI and UKBMD pages on Cheshire and its parishes point to many other sources of information on places within the county. The many small parishes and townships that existed before 1866 are treated individually as well as the larger towns and conurbations.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time provides a series of maps from the Ordnance Survey illustrating the towns and villages of Cheshire and also the borders between parishes. The following group of maps provide views of the county at various dates, illustrating the changes in administrative structure.
  • Cheshire Archives and Local Studies have organized a facility to compare 19th century maps (including tithe maps circa 1830) with modern Ordnance Survey maps. These are available for every civil parish. The detail is very magnified and it is difficult to read any placenames on the older maps. Cheshire Archives and Local Studies are the local keepers of historical material for the county.
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