Place:Macefen, Cheshire, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.0189°N 2.7217°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoMalpas, Cheshire, Englandancient parish in which it was located
Broxton Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was once situated
Malpas Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1936
Tarvin Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1936-1974
Chester City District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
Cheshire West and Chester District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality and unitary authority in which it is located since 2009
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Macefen is a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It lies 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the village of Malpas and 5 miles (8.0 km) north west of Whitchurch in Shropshire. Part of the village of No Man's Heath lies within the northern boundary of Macefen.

Macefen is a slightly curious parish in that it scarcely appears in gazeteers. Kelly's Directory of Cheshire, 1914 lists Macefen under Tushingham-cum-Grindley thus:

"Macefen (or Maesfen) is a small township in the Whitchurch union, 2 miles south from Malpas station. The Hon. Mrs. Algernon R. Parker, who has a residence here [at grid reference SJ518466 on the north side of Bradley Lane], is lady of the manor and sole landowner."
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Macefen never had its own church but was served by adjacent churches. Before it became a civil parish in 1866 it was part of the ancient parish of Malpas in the Broxton Hundred. The township included the hamlet of No Man's Heath. It had a population of 46 in 1801, 59 in 1851, 45 in 1901, and 62 in 1951. (Source:GENUKI) GENUKI also lists the churches that served Macefen.

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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