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From: Ray Hulley <>
Subject: [CHS] 1611 Survey of Macclesfield Manor and Forest
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 12:40:45 -0000
A new website at www.1611macclesfieldsurvey.info has been created for family and local
historians who are interested in tracing their ancestors amongst the inhabitants of the
Manor and Forest of Macclesfield around 1611. The Survey was, in broad terms, the first
census-type survey made in the district, and is invaluable to researchers who have not
been able go back to this period in history and beyond.
The website lists all those freeholders, copyholders and tenants living in the above area
at the time of the Survey, which was commissioned by Prince Henry, the Prince of Wales,
Duke of Cornwall and Earl of Chester, and made by 23 persons of standing in the local
community, who were empanelled as Jurors and sworn to enquire of and present such
changes as the Survey showed.
700 persons are listed in the name index, which has been transcribed from a large book
(reference LR 2/200) held at The National Archives, Kew, London. There is also a house
name index containing 64 house names; and an index of Extracts from Escheators
Books showing 37 entries that relate to periods much earlier than 1611, the earliest of
which is 1362 - 1363. All these indexes are free-to-access.
If additional details of an index entry are required, these are available for a small fee.
Copies of complete images from the Survey are also available on payment of a fee.
These show the detail of holdings including names and acreages of fields, meadows,
closes, crofts and woodlands; annual rentals and values; and, in a number of entries,
references to past surrenders, purchases, and transfers of the same land. These may be
traced to the original Court records held at The National Archives.
All enquiries should be made to the webmaster at
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