Place:Rainow, Cheshire, England

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NameRainow
Alt namesBrookhousesource: hamlet in parish
Bullhillsource: hamlet in parish
Calrofoldsource: hamlet in parish
Cester Bridgesource: hamlet in parish
Charles Headsource: hamlet in parish
Eddisbury in Rainowsource: hamlet in parish
Four Lane Ends Rainowsource: hamlet in parish
Gincloughsource: hamlet in parish
Gorseybrowsource: hamlet in parish
Harropsource: hamlet in parish
Hedgerowsource: hamlet in parish
Hough Green in Rainowsource: hamlet in parish
Hough Holesource: hamlet in parish
Ingersleysource: hamlet in parish
Jenkin Chapelsource: hamlet in parish
Kerridge Endsource: hamlet in parish
Lamaloadsource: hamlet in parish
Nab Endsource: hamlet in parish
Pedley Foldsource: hamlet in parish
Plungebrooksource: hamlet in parish
Redmoor Browsource: hamlet in parish
Saltersford in Rainowsource: hamlet in parish
Tower Hillsource: hamlet in parish
Waggonshaw Browsource: hamlet in parish
Walkers Barnsource: hamlet in parish
Yearnslowsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.283°N 2.067°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoPrestbury, Cheshire, Englandancient parish of which it was a township
Macclesfield 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
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Rainow is a village and civil parish in Cheshire, England, in the valley of the River Dean and next to the B5470 road between Macclesfield and Kettleshulme. It straddles the eastern side of the Peak District border of Derbyshire and Cheshire. The village is surrounded by pasture farmland. The village's name comes from the Old English Hraefn Hoe, meaning "Ravens' Hill". It is a former coal-mining village and has a population of around 2,500 (2001 UK census).

White Nancy, a circular, white-painted stone structure constructed to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo of 1815, stands at the northern end of Kerridge Hill, on the boundary between the parishes of Rainow and Bollington.

GENUKI provides the following information

Rainow was a township and chapelry in Prestbury ancient parish in Macclesfield Hundred which became a civil parish in 1866. The population was 1390 in 1801, 1605 in 1851, 1205 in 1901, 1088 in 1951, and 1282 in 2001. [noted only half the size quoted by Wikipedia]

It includes the hamlets of Brookhouse, Bullhill, Calrofold, Cester Bridge, Charles Head, Eddisbury, Four Lane Ends, Ginclough, Gorseybrow, Harrop, Hedgerow, Hough Green, Hough Hole, Ingersley, Jenkin Chapel, Kerridge End, Lamaload, Nab End, Pedley Fold, Plungebrook, Redmoor Brow, Saltersford, Tower Hill, Walkers Barn, Yearnslow and Waggonshaw Brow.

Rainow was a large parish of 5,750 acres in 1870 and is bounded on the east by the civil parishes of Kettleshulme and Taxal, on the south by Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough, on the west by Macclesfield, Hurdsfield and Bollington (near Macclesfield), and on the north by Pott Shrigley and Lyme Handley.

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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