Astbury  Cheshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Astbury like this:

ASTBURY, a village and a parish in Congleton district, Cheshire. The village stands on an affluent of the river Dane, adjacent to the North Staffordshire railway, near the Macclesfield canal, 1½ mile SW of Congleton; and has a post office under Congleton, and fairs on 30 April and 30 Oct. ...

The parish includes the townships of Davenport, Somerford-Booths, Hulme-Walfield, Radnor, Buglawton, Congleton, Newbold-Astbury, Moreton-cum-Alcumlow, Smallwood, and Odd-Rode. Acres, 19,602. Real property, £66,903. Pop. in 1841, 14,519; in 1861, 19,351. Houses, 4,009. There are six chief proprietors. Coal, limestone, and building-stone are worked. Very many of the inhabitants are employed in silk factories, and some in cotton mills. The living is a rectory, united with the curacy of Hulme-Walfield, in the diocese of Chester. Value, £2,040.* Patron, Lord Crewe. The church is early English, with a good spire; and contains chancel stalls, a rood-loft, some fine screen-work, stained windows, and carved oaken ceilings. Two very ancient monuments, with insignia of knighthood, are in the churchyard. The chapelries of Buglawton, Congleton, Congleton-St. James', Congleton-St. Stephen's, Eaton, Mossley, Odd-Rode, and Smallwood, and the donative of Somerford, are separate charges. Charities, exclusive of Congleton, £63. See Congleton.

Astbury through time

Astbury is now part of Congleton district. Click here for graphs and data of how Congleton has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Astbury itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Astbury, in Congleton and Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 29th November 2021

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