Gawsworth /ˈɡɔːzwəθ/ is a civil parish and village in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 1,705.[1] It is one of the eight ancient parishes of Macclesfield Hundred. Twenty acres of the civil parish were transferred to Macclesfield civil parish in 1936[2]


St. James' Church, Gawsworth
Location within Cheshire
Population1,705 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ888688
Civil parish
  • Gawsworth
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSK11
Dialling code01625
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament

The country houses Gawsworth Old Hall, Gawsworth New Hall and Gawsworth Old Rectory are in the village. The authors of the Cheshire volume of the Buildings of England series state:[3]

There is nothing in Cheshire to compare with the loveliness of Gawsworth: three great houses and a distinguished church set around a descending string of pools, all within an enigmatic large-scale formal landscape.

A wood near the village known as Maggotty Wood is the burial place of the eighteenth-century dramatist Samuel "Maggotty" Johnson. His ghost is reputed to haunt the wood.[4]


Gawsworth Parish Council consists of 9 elected Councillors in two wards, Gawsworth Village and Gawsworth Moss. It is within the Gawsworth Ward of Cheshire East Council. In the UK Parliament it is represented by David Rutley MP for the Macclesfield constituency..

See also


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. Vision of Britain
  3. Hartwell, Claire; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 366, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6
  4. Coates, Neil (23 November 2011). "Gawsworth, Cheshire - North West -". BBC Countryfile Magazine. Retrieved 24 August 2014.

Further reading

  • Richards, Raymond (1957) The Manor of Gawsworth, Cheshire. (Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society; Vol. 5, pp. 1–356.) London: Ancient Monuments Society

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