Genealogy Chat

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

Gift subscriptions

Genes Reunited gift subscription

Do you know someone interested in discovering their family history?

You can now buy a gift subscription to Genes Reunited so they can research their family tree.

Buy gift or redeem gift


  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

Manchester births in Prestbury 1940s

ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date


Ken2 Report 21 Jan 2013 15:38

I was born in 1945 and my birth cert says place of birth St Marys Hospital [Village Branch] Prestbury, Cheshire.

I've found that St Marys Manchester used 3 places in Prestbury during and just after the war years, Adlington Hall, Collar House and Prestbury Hall. The archivist at St Mary's told me that Adlington was used for wives of service personnel and Collar House was referred to as Main Branch, so he assumed I was born in Prestbury Hall.

As I have no relatives to ask, does anyone know for sure that Village Branch does mean I was born in Prestbury Hall - which, if still the same place , is much closer to the village than Collar House.


K Report 21 Jan 2013 15:59

It does look as though you were born at the hall which was used as maternity hosp between 1940/5


Ken2 Report 21 Jan 2013 16:13

Thanks K.

Just read the article but it says:
"During the 1940/45 war the house was used as a maternity hospital as part of “The Country Branch” of St Mary’s Maternity Hospital, Manchester."

So did Country Branch refer to all 3 units or just Prestbury Hall?
Still a little unclear.


K Report 21 Jan 2013 16:31

I suppose so - its difficult!!


Reggie Report 21 Jan 2013 16:34

Is there a specific reason for wanting to know this?


Ken2 Report 22 Jan 2013 13:55


I would just like to know exactly where I was born.


Stephen Report 25 Jan 2015 12:13

Reggie, I was born on the 3rd of August 1945 in The Mosley Room in Prestbury Hall, Prestbury. Cheshire. but my birth certificate says St. Mary's Macclesfield too.


Ken2 Report 25 Jan 2015 17:05


Seven weeks after me - but does your certificate say St Mary's Hospital [Village Branch] like mine?


Stephen Report 26 Jan 2015 11:51

Hi Reggie, No it just says Saint Mary's Hospital, Macclesfield. Which surprised
me because I thought it would have said "Prestbury hall".


Ken2 Report 26 Jan 2015 19:39

Just goes to show that actual certificates can be misleading. A lesson to us all.
Thanks again.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 27 Jan 2015 23:56

My friend's son was born in the back of an ambulance parked in a layby on the A39. His BC states The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske.

Assuming the truth gets passed down through his family, there is no documentary proof to back it up :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 28 Jan 2015 01:38

:-D :-D


Mary Report 21 Jun 2016 17:36

St Mary's Reports referred to them as 'the Country Branches' so I think you are safe in assuming that the Village Branch means Prestbury Hall. If you can get to Poynton, Prestbury or Macclesfield Library they each have a reference copy of a short book on the History of Collar House, including its use by St Mary's in the War. I was born at Collar House and my birth cert says St Mary's Prestbury.
They were a well respected, leading edge, teaching Maternity Hospital and the use of their name was (I think) a sort of early 'brand marketing'.
The difference with Collar House was that it had a theatre so could deal with complicated cases like Caesarian Sections whereas Adlington Hall and Prestbury Hall only took normal cases.