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Macclesfield Forest, Cheshire

Historical Description

Macclesfield Forest, a township-chapelry in Prestbury parish, Cheshire, on the backbone of England, contiguous to Derbyshire, 4 miles ESE of Macclesfield. Post town, Macclesfield. Acreage of township, 3499; population, 187. The property was formerly part of a royal forest which included also the townships of Lyme Handley, Hurdsfield, Kettleshulrne, Rainow, Bollington, Pott Shrigley, Upton, Tytherington, Wincle, Sutton, Wildboarclough, and Bosley, but the property all belongs now to the Earl of Derby. The surface generally is mountainous, bleak, and sterile, and the highest elevation in Cheshire is situate in this township, called Shining Tor, rising 1833 feet above the level of the sea. The living is a perpetual curacy, with Wildboarclough annexed, in the diocese of Chester; net value, £130 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Derby. The church was built in 1673 and rebuilt in 1834. Population of the chapelry, 401.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCheshire 
Civil parishPrestbury 
Poor Law unionMacclesfield 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Macclesfield Forest from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cheshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Cheshire, 1580 is available on the Heraldry page.

CountyCheshire East