Exploring our Archives

A resource for local historians and those researching family trees.

The old parish registers are stored at the Chester Record Office. Only the volumes in current use are stored in parish premises.

However, you can research some of our records online:

BaptismReg

Work has begun on transcribing our baptism registers, which start from 27 July 1834. The archive is now available for St John’s registers up to 1915 and you can Search the Baptisms here. Searching a forename and surname will give you all instances of the name appearing as the person baptised or one of their parents. There are over 3600 baptisms transcribed up to now.


MarriageReg

On the other hand, there were relatively few Church of England marriages in Bollington. The first one was on 16 September 1838 – the only marriage at St John’s that year. There were only three marriages at the church in 1839. The marriage registers have been transcribed up to 1910 and you can search the  Marriages here. Searching a forename and surname will give you all instances of the name appearing as bride or groom, or as father of the bride or groom, or as witnesses to the marriage.

St John’s was initially a Chapel of Ease (daughter church) to Prestbury parish. Bollington became a parish in its own right in 1842. Many Bollington couples married at the mother church of St Peter’s Prestbury or at other churches in the area, notably St Christopher’s, Pott Shrigley and at Sutton (St James’s and St George’s).


 

The burial registers have all been transcribed, together with all the inscriptions in St John’s Churchyard. The first burial was on 29 November 1835. There were relatively few burials in the early years as many families were still able to use existing family graves at Prestbury or elsewhere. From the 1950’s onward, cremation became more and more common and our records also include interments of cremated remains (“ashes”) in the Columbarium.

Our online archive allows you to search our records by forename and surname. There are plans of the various parts of the Churchyard and Columbarium to allow you to locate a burial plot if the plot reference is known. However, it may not be possible to locate a burial location if there is no memorial grave marker associated with the burial. Only in recent years has it become customary to record the precise burial location. Our archive page contains some guidance notes on how to interpret the results of searches (it is recommended to read these at least on the first visit). At the top of the page is a menu for choosing whether to perform a Name Search or Browse Memorials or look at the plans of the Churchyard/Columbarium. (Hint – when searching for a particular memorial it can be useful to Browse memorials round about, as some of these may be more prominent or legible.)

Link to the Burials and Memorials Search.


 

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Our Website also hosts the Bollington Online War Memorial. This includes brief histories of those who had some connection with Bollington and Kerridge and who were killed in WW1 and WW2 while serving their country.

In addition, you can search for a surname to find details of Bollington families who had family members serving in WW1 – not just the casualties, but brief details of over a thousand men. Up to now we have no details of any women who served in WW1 – there were none in the armed forces, but there may have been (for example) nurses serving in Military hospitals.

The webpages include photographs where available, as well as details of local war memorials, etc.

If you can provide any additional details about members of your family who had a Bollington connection and served in WW1, please get in touch.