Cheshire: Local History Resources

The county of Cheshire in the region of North West England is widely admired for its wide array of historic buildings and streets. 

The city of Chester occupies the site of a Roman fort established back in the first century AD, and you can visit the Roman walls today. The city also boasts a thousand-year-old Cathedral. 

In addition to the Roman walls and Norman Cathedral, the county of Cheshire is famous for its Industrial Revolution heritage sites, and rural villages of half-timber and red sandstone buildings.

Towns In Cheshire

Chester, the county seat of Cheshire, is a city.

The following towns are in the county of Cheshire:

  • Bollington‎ 
  • Chester
  • Congleton
  • Crewe‎
  • Ellesmere Port‎
  • Frodsham‎ 
  • Handforth
  • Knutsford‎ 
  • Macclesfield‎ 
  • Middlewich‎ 
  • Nantwich‎ 
  • Neston‎ 
  • Northwich‎ 
  • Poynton‎ 
  • Runcorn‎ 
  • Saltney
  • Sandbach‎ 
  • Warrington‎
  • Widnes‎
  • Wilmslow‎ 
  • Winsford‎

Over time, dedicated pages will be added linking the video clips which show the local history of Cheshire through film.

Facebook Groups For Cheshire History

  • Beyer Family History Cheshire England
  • Blacon History Group
  • Cheshire History
  • Cheshire History and Memories
  • Chester Memories
  • Family History Society of Cheshire Congleton Group
  • Halton Village History & Heritage
  • Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
  • Hodson Family History from Christleton Cheshire England
  • Lancashire and Cheshire 1500-1900
  • LASLETT Family History
  • North Cheshire Family History Society
  • Northwest England Family History
  • Poynton Local History Society
  • The History of Saddleworth Lees and Mossley
  • WEAVER VALE HISTORY
  • Willaston & District History Group

Local History Resources In Cheshire

Some of these resources are also in or relate to neighbouring counties, but proximity means there is some overlap about people and places.

Local history and family history resources for Cheshire:

  • Alderley Edge – National Trust 
  • Altrincham Library
  • Bebington Central Library
  • Beeston Castle – English Heritage
  • Biddulph Grange Garden
  • Boat Museum
  • Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
  • Cheshire Gardens Trust
  • Cheshire Local History Association
  • Cheshire Parish Register Transcription Project
  • Cheshire Quarter Sessions Poor Law Documents
  • Cheshire Record Office
  • Cheshire Tithe Maps
  • Chester Archaeological Society
  • Chester Castle, Agricola Tower – English Heritage
  • Chester History and Heritage Centre
  • Chester Library
  • Chester Roman Amphitheatre- English Heritage
  • Chester Society for Landscape History
  • Congleton Library
  • Crewe Library
  • Dunham Massey – National Trust 
  • Family History Society (FHS) of Cheshire
  • Family History Society of Cheshire Library and Research Centre 
  • Frodsham and District History Society
  • Greater Manchester County Record Office
  • Grosvenor Museum
  • Hare Hill – National Trust 
  • John Rylands University Library of Manchester – Methodist Archives And Research Centre
  • Kelsall and District Rural Amenities Society)
  • Knutsford Library
  • Little Moreton Hall – National Trust 
  • Lyme Park – National Trust 
  • Macclesfield Library
  • Manchester Central Library, Local Studies Unit
  • Merseyside Record Office
  • Nantwich Library
  • Neston Library
  • Nether Alderley Mill – National Trust 
  • North Cheshire Family History Society (FHS)
  • Northwich Library
  • Runcorn (Halton Lea) Library
  • Sandbach Crosses- English Heritage
  • Sandbach Library
  • Stockport Central Library – Local Heritage Library
  • Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre
  • Tarporley, Bunbury and District Historical Society
  • Tatton Park
  • Weaverham History Society
  • Tattenhall Local History
  • Trafford Local Studies Centre
  • Virtual Waterways Archive Catalogue
  • Wallasey Central Library
  • Warrington Central Library
  • Widnes Library
  • Wilmslow Library
  • Winsford Library
  • Wirral Archives

National Resources For Local History In The UK

We have a separate page listing the extensive national resources in the UK dedicated to family history research or local history studies.

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