The hundred of Macclesfield was an ancient division of the historic county of Cheshire, in northern England. It was known to have been in existence at least as early as 1242, and it was formed to a great extent from the earlier Domesday hundred of Hamestan. In 1361 Edward, the Black Prince was lord of the hundred, manor and borough of Macclesfield.
Until 1866 the Hundred of Macclesfield contain the following eight ancient parishes:
The Poor Law Amendment Act 1866 provided the townships contained within these parishes became Civil Parishes in their own right.
Courts, or Eyres, were normally held annually in the region, a week after the close of the County Court. The Justice of Chester presided over the courts, and he would spend several days visiting each hundred in the region.
Notes and references
- Clayton, Dorothy J. (1990), The Administration of the County Palatine of Chester, 1442–1485, Manchester University Press ND, ISBN 0-7190-1343-7
- Dunn, F. I. (1987), The Ancient Parishes, Townships, and Chapelries of Cheshire, Chester: Cheshire Record Office and Chester Diocesan Record Office, ISBN 0-906758-14-9
- Harris, B. E.; Thacker, A. T. (1987), The Victoria History of the County of Chester. (Volume 1: Physique, Prehistory, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and Domesday), Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-722761-9
- Higham, N. J. (1993), The origins of Cheshire, (Origins of the shire), Manchester: Manchester University Press, ISBN 0719031605
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