Place:Rostherne, Cheshire, England

Alt namesBirkinheathsource: hamlet in parish
Yarwood Heathsource: hamlet in parish
Rodestornesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 53
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.35°N 2.383°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoBucklow Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Bucklow Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 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

Rostherne is a civil parish and village which, since 1974, has been located in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. To the north of the village is Rostherne Mere and to the south is Tatton Park. The A556 road passes to its west.

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Rostherne was a township in Rostherne ancient parish, Bucklow Hundred which became a civil parish in 1866. It includes the hamlets of Birkinheath and Yarwood Heath. Bucklow Hill is partly in Rostherne but has been redirected to Mollington. The population was 235 in 1801, 388 in 1851, 413 in 1901, 245 in 1951, and 160 in 2001. (Source: GENUKI)

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Rostherne from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"ROSTHERNE, a village and a township in Altrincham district, and a parish partly also in Macclesfield district, Cheshire. The village stands 3½ miles N of Knutsford [railway] station, and has a post-office under Knutsford. The township comprises 1,512 acres. Real property: £2,679. Population: 393. Houses: 80.
"The parish contains also the townships of Tatton, Marthall, Mere, Peover-Superior, Tabley-Superior, Millington, High Leigh, Snelson, and part of Agden. Acres: 19,096. Population in 1851: 4,190; in 1861: 4,058. Houses: 758. [Rostherne] township belongs to Lord Egerton; Bollington, to the Earl of Stamford; Agden, to Sir J. L. N. Chetwode, Bart.; Mere, chiefly to T. J. L. Brooke, Esq.; and High Leigh, to Lord Egerton, E. Leigh, Esq., and G. Legh, Esq. Tatton Hall is the seat of Lord Egerton; Rostherne New Hall, of the Hon. W. Egerton; Agden Hall, of T. S. Bazley, Esq.; Mere New Hall, of T. J. L. Brooke, Esq.; High Leigh Hall, of G. Legh, Esq.; and West Hall, of Major E. Leigh. Rostherne mere is a lake of 118 acres. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelries of Bollington and Hoo-Green, in the diocese of Chester. Value: £325. Patron, Lord Egerton. The church is debased later English; consists of nave, aisles, side-chapels, and chancel, with porch and pinnacled tower; and contains monuments of the Egertons. The [perpetual] curacies of Marthall, High Leigh, and Over-Tabley, and the chaplaincy of High Leigh, are separate benefices. Chapels of ease are at Bollington and Hoo-Green; and chapels for Independents, Baptists, and Wesleyans, are in Millington. There are several public schools, and charities £102. Martindale, an ejected minister, was vicar.

Townships of Rostherne in the 19th Century

Some of these parishes were in Macclesfield Hundred and classified as in Prestbury ancient parish.

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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