Place:Chorley (near Wilmslow), Cheshire, England

NameChorley (near Wilmslow)
Alt namesChorley
Lindowsource: hamlet in parish
Lindow Endsource: hamlet in parish
Row-of-Treessource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.308°N 2.26°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoWilmslow, 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
Alderley Edge, Cheshire, Englandcivil parish formed out of part of Chorley in 1894
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: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
GENUKI provides the following information

Chorley (near Wilmslow) was a township in Wilmslow ancient parish in Macclesfield Hundred which became a civil parish in 1866. Until 1894 it included the town of Alderley Edge. In that year Alderley Edge was formed as an urban district and was separated off from the civil parish of Chorley along with the hamlets of Belmont, Elm Grove and The Ryleys (hamlets redirected to Alderley Edge).

Chorley continued to be a civil parish in the Macclesfield Rural District until 1974. Since then it was part of the Macclesfield District from 1974 until 2009 when the Macclesfield District became part of the larger unitary authority of Cheshire East.

Chorley includes the hamlets of Lindow, Lindow End and Row-of-Trees. The population was 391 in 1801, 803 in 1851, 305 in 1901, 396 in 1951, and 399 in 2001.

Wikipedia has an article on Chorley.

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.