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Macclesfield Group Change of venue - November meeting

Macclesfield Group Change of venue - November meeting

The Salvation Army Hall, Macclesfield will be closed during November and December to undergo extensive renovations.  The meeting on Tuesday 27th November at 7:30pm entitled Monarchy and Dunham, the grey area will be held at Macclesfield Rugby Club, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 4AE.  If anyone needs further information please get in touch at    

Macclesfield Barnaby Festival 2018

As part of the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival 2018 the Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire have produced;

Explore the routes of Macclesfield - an exhibition.

Have you ever wondered how the streets of Macclesfield got their names? Many are named after people - but who were these people, what did they do, who were their families and why are the streets named after them?  

Friday 15th - Saturday 23rd June at the Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield.

Drop in sessions to help in tracing your family history will be held on;


Friday 15th June                Library                      2 - 4pm                    

Saturday 16th June           Library                       9am - 1pm

Saturday 16th June           Town Hall                  1 - 4.30pm

Sunday 17th June             Town Hall                  10.30am - 4.30pm

Monday 18th June             Library                      10am - 12 Noon               

Tuesday 19th June            Library                       2 - 4pm                    

Wednesday 20th June       Library                      10am - 12 Noon

Thursday 21st June           Library                       2 - 4pm                                

Friday 22nd June               Library                       2 - 4pm

Saturday 23rd June           Library                       9am - 1pm

Macclesfield meeting February 2018

Tuesday 27th Feb

What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.

The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters.

Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.

Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD
beginning at 7.30pm. Non members are very welcome. Admission £2.

For further details please contact


TWILE Demonstration at Macclesfield

The Macclesfield group of the Family History Society of Cheshire will be hosting

A demonstration of TWILE by Kelly Marsden one of its founders.


Twile is a timeline of everything that's ever happened in your family. It pulls together all of your family history, memories, photos and stories in the same place which all the family can explore and add to.


This will take place on 23rd May 2017 starting at 2.00pm at The Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD (Entrance on Wellington Street, opposite the Churchill Way Car Park.)


All members of the society are welcome although booking is essential as places are limited – please email  to book a place.


To get the most out of the demonstration you need to bring a laptop, ipad or similar device.

Macclesfield Group February 2017 Meeting

Macclesfield Group February 2017 Meeting

Did work make you ancestor ill? a talk by Alan Jones.
Some occupational hazards from the past, before the days of workplace Health and Safety Officials.

Tuesday 28 February 2017 7.30pm - 9.00pm

The Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD
Entrance on Wellington Street, opposite Churchill Way Car Park (free in the evening).

Meetings are open to the public, and admission is £2 per meeting including refreshments.

Changes to the published programme are shown on our website at


Photo of the Month

Congregational Church, Wilmslow, early 1900s

This postcard was published by Jones Stationers of Wilmslow
and posted in Manchester in 1912 to Miss Dora Rogers, Wootton Villa, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.

The Congregational Church, now the United Reformed Church, stands on the corner of Alderley Road and Chapel Lane in Wilmslow.











Some of the resources held by the FHSC Research Centre at Mobberley for Wilmslow:

On microfiche or film: 

Wilmslow, Dean Row Chapel Baptisms 1864-1980, Burials 1893-1899
Wilmslow, Dean Row Unitarian Burials 1751-2000
Wilmslow, Dean Row MIs
Wilmslow, Lindow St.John the Evangelist MIs
Wilmslow Quaker Burial Ground, Water Lane, MIs
Wilmslow St.Bartholomew Bapt. 1558-1830, Marr. 1558-1887, Bur. 1558-1902
Wilmslow St.Bartholomew Bapt. 1877-1910, Marr. 1863-1919
Wilmslow St.Bartholomew MIs + Grave Plan & Index


Wilmslow United Reform Church 1844-1982, Pleasant Pastures - W. Lazenby & F. Morgan
Wilmslow Methodist Baptisms 1811-1962
Wilmslow Hawthorn St. Methodist Marriages 1937-1949
Wilmslow Morley Green School-Chapel Baptisms 1882-2005 + List of Members 1881
Wilmslow St. Bartholomew Parish Register 1558-1652 transcript vol.1
Wilmslow St. Bartholomew Parish Register 1558-1652 transcript vol.2
Wilmslow - Pownall Hall
Wilmslow & Alderley Edge Official Guide
Wilmslow area, Buildings of Architectural & Historic Interest  - Wilmslow Trust 1970
Wilmslow at War
Wilmslow Past and Present
Wilmslow, A Portrait of  (Hodson 1974)
Wilmslow, Bollin Fee Settlement Examination - Thomas & Sarah Shirt 1704
Wilmslow, Handforth & Alderley, Portrait of  (Lee 1996)
Wilmslow, Handforth, Styal & Alderley, Looking Back at  (Garratt 1983)
Wilmslow, The Story of - Howard Hodson 1971
Wilmslow, Three Sundays in 1851, 1861 & 1871
Wilmslow, Water Lane Chapel & Methodists of
Wilmslow Methodist Church the First 200 Years

February 2015: Photo of the month

Astbury, c. 1907

This postcard was sent on September 18th, 1907 to Miss H. Brugess (sic), The Lowe farm, Buglawton, Congleton and bears an intriguing message:

"Dear Harriett, will you ask your mother if she will let you meet me at the Town Hall at quarter to seven on Thursday night. I sent to J.R.(?) and he will tell T. with fond love from a Friend N. I."

So - who is the mysterious N.I.? Did he meet Harriett at the town hall?

January 2015: Photo of the month

Alderley Park, c. 1905

This postcard was sent at 7:15pm on Christmas Eve 1905 to Master R Haigh, Post Office, Chelford. It reads: "With best wishes for Xmas from Bainy (?) Alderley Dec 1905".

The postal service must have been a lot better in 1905 than now, if a postcard franked at 7:15pm on Christmas Eve reached its destination in time for Christmas Day!

Alderley Park was the home of the Stanleys, but the house was damaged in a fire in 1931 and later demolished. The park and remaining buildings were purchased by ICI in 1950 for its fledgling pharmaceutical business which eventually became AstraZeneca.
More information can be found on the Nether Alderley Parish Council website.


Meeting Report: 27th January 2015

‘Lord of all he Surveys’ by Gwyneth Mitchell

For our first meeting of 2015, we welcomed back Gwyneth Mitchell to talk about estate owners and their families.
Unfortunately Gwyneth was feeling rather ‘under the weather’ but still managed to give us an interesting insight into the lives of the landed gentry in the 1700s-1800s.

We learned that the country house was the powerbase of the nation’s ruling class until about the 1880s. The family who owned the estate had an effect on the local people even if they didn’t live or work on the estate, as these were usually the men who became the local MP, the judiciary, the clergy, set up the local militia or became officers in the forces.

The first son of the family was usually the heir to the country estate by a process known as entailment: his life was mapped out for him from birth and his education was completely geared towards the day when he would become the estate owner. The whole estate, including all the employees and villagers, would often participate in a huge celebration when the heir came of age, as that meant the estate would pass on to the next generation as a whole and their future lives were secure.

Gwyneth explained how the young men in the family were educated: first at home, then at a boarding school, where they were often treated harshly, with cold baths, cross-country running in the rain, one meal per day with remaining meals to be obtained out of their own allowance. This was intended to give the boys self-sufficiency and strength of character. She went on to tell us about the ‘grand tour’ which many young men, and later young women, undertook in order to further their education. These tours through France, Italy and other European countries often lasted for a number of years and cost several thousand pounds.

The papers of many local families, such as the Stanleys of Alderley, include many diaries and letters which give us a good picture of life in the 1800s – 1900s, with eyewitness accounts of events including the workers riots of August 1842, military exercises, elections and society weddings. Letters written by the Stanleys in the 1800s were published in the 1930s, edited by Nancy Mitford, and can be found on the Ancestry website.

Macclesfield Group AGM September 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Macclesfield Group was held on Wednesday 24 September 2014, at St John's Church Macclesfield.
Click here to download the Minutes of the Meeting.

AGM in a Nutshell:

The Committee Members were re-elected:
Group Leader - Rosie Rowley
Secretary - Howard Rowley
Treasurer - Babs Johnson

Meetings - change of day, venue, and admission charge
From January 2015, meetings will be held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6XD - park in Churchill Way car park (free in the evening) and enter the building through the new main door on Wellington Street.
Meeting admission charge will be £2 per person including refreshments.
Computer Club meetings will no longer be held, but computer-related topics will be incorporated into main group meetings.

Macclesfield Reflects

‘Macclesfield Reflects…’ WWI Project
‘Macclesfield Reflects…’ project members are researching the history of the
Macclesfield area during the early 1900s to discover the stories of those who
lived or died during the Great War and ensure they are not forgotten.
The Macclesfield Group is assisting with the ‘Macclesfield Reflects…’ project by:
transcribing local WWI - related records held in Cheshire Archives, collecting
local WWI - related information from individuals and old newspapers, assisting
local churches with research into the names on their war memorials, uploading
information to the website at, producing local
WWI displays and providing a research helpdesk at some events.
If you have any memories, photos, or documents about someone from the
Macclesfield area who was involved in WWI in any way and you would like
to share this information, please get in touch. The project group also has some
unidentified photos on the website - click on ‘Can you Help?’ to view them. If
you can identify the people or the location, please let us know. The contact
email address is

Macclesfield Christmas Social December 2013

Christmas Social Evening and Quiz

At this year's Christmas Social the 4 Teams had their memories challenged by a round of Talk Bingo, a Video Round, an Audio Round and two rounds of questions covering Occupations and Places.




Whilst our quizzers tucked into the refreshments during the breaks, our Group Leader Rosie put her organisational skills to the test and provided the tea and coffee refreshments.

Macclesfield Group AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Macclesfield Group was held on Wednesday 25 September 2013, at St John's Church Macclesfield.

The following were elected onto the new Committee:
Group Leader - Rosie Rowley
Computer Club Leader - Howard Rowley
Secretary - Howard Rowley
Treasurer - Babs Johnson

The Role of the Committee is to ‘Steer the ship’
•    Ensure the Group is running smoothly
•    Ensure the Group is run within FHSC guidelines
•    Ensure Volunteers receive the support they need
•    Reduce costs where possible
•    Increase income where possible
•    Ensure Meeting Programmes deliver what our members are looking for
The Committe will be supported by a Volunteer Team comprising:

•    Membership Secretary:
     Maintain Macclesfield Group membership lists, send welcome letters to new members.
     Check FHSC communications for membership changes. Mike Fidgett

•    Bookings Secretary:
     Find/book speakers and premises. Confirm bookings, pay speakers, send thank-you letters.  Chris Gosling

•    Refreshments Organiser:
     Organise the serving and clearing away. Julie Skirvin

•    Sales Organiser:
     Pack and post orders for Group Publications.
     Organise sale of Publications at meetings/events.  Margaret Heathcote

•    Projects Co-ordinator:
     Oversee all Macclesfield Group projects. Prepare project descriptions.
     Volunteer to be confirmed when Projects are identified.

•    Help Requests Secretary:
     Respond to help request letters/emails. Ask Group members for help. Maintain a list of useful contacts.
     Pat Craig (Supported by Bob Nixon and John Yates)