Peover Superior

Peover Superior

St. Lawrence's Church
Peover Superior
 Peover Superior shown within Cheshire
Population 666 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ769743
Unitary authorityCheshire East
Shire countyCheshire
Ceremonial countyCheshire
RegionNorth West
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town Knutsford
Postcode district WA16
Dialling code 01565
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK ParliamentTatton
List of places

Coordinates: 53°15′54″N 2°20′42″W / 53.265°N 2.345°W / 53.265; -2.345

Peover Superior is a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is described by the Office for National Statistics as a village surrounded by inhabited countryside.[2]

Peover Superior is named after The Peover Eye river, which forms one of the parish boundaries. There is also a nearby village named Peover Inferior; the two areas are so named due to their standing on the river, with Peover Superior being higher up and Peover Inferior lower down on the river.[3]

The village

Peover Superior is home to St Lawrence's Church, Over Peover which is a designated National Heritage Grade I listed building. The church was first listed on 5 March 1959. The church which was built in three stages which started in 1456 when the South Chapel was built. This was followed by the building of both the North Chapel and the Tower in 1648 and 1741 respectively. The Nave of the church was finished in 1811 and soon after the church was opened.[4]

Peover Superior is also home to a primary school, Peover Superior Endowed Controlled Primary School which is situated in the centre of the village at the corner of Stocks Lane and Chelford Lane. The school holds up to 77 children.[5]

There is also an established Cricket Club in the centre of the village, which has both first and second teams playing in Meller Braggins Cheshire Cricket League.[6]

East Cheshire Sunday Football League team Peover FC play their home games in Over Peover at Peover park on Stocks Lane.[7]


In 1870–72, John Marius Wilson of the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Over Peover as:

A chapelry in Rostherne parish, Cheshire; on the river Peover. 2½ miles W S W of Chelford r. station, and 3½ S S E of Knutsford. It comprises the townships of Peover Superior, Marthall, and Snelson; and it has a post-office under Knutsford. Acres, 5,088. Real property, £9,055. Pop., 942. Houses, 178. The property is subdivided. The manor of Peover Superior, with Peover Hall, belongs to Sir H. Mainwaring, Bart. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Chester. Value, £180.* Patron, Sir H. Mainwaring, Bart. The church consists of nave, chancel, and two side chapels, with a tower; was mainly rebuilt in 1811; and contains monuments of the Mainwarings. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a free school, and charities £85.[8]

Peover itself was part of the Bucklow Hundred, which was an ancient division of Cheshire that was introduced some time before the Norman Conquest

Peover Superior Population Time Series 1881 to 2011


According to the 2011 census the population of Peover Superior was 666.[1]

The population of Peover Superior has remained relatively stable for a number of decades, as seen in the Population time series.

Occupational history

The figures used in the two bar charts came from the Neighborhood Statistics Census Data.[9][10]

The occupational structure of Peover Superior in 1881

The occupational history of Peover Superior has seen drastic changes; according to the 1881 statistics it was a predominantly agricultural parish with a large number both of men and of women employed in this sector, who would have been working on farms and other agricultural work.

The occupational structure of Peover Superior in 2011.

Since then the structure of occupation has changed immensely. The 2011 data shows a much more varied occupational structure, with a shift away from the predominantly agricultural based work seen in 1881. This mirrors trends all across the country; the amount of agricultural work has decreased and the number of people working in the service industry has risen sharply. There has also been a sharp increase in the number of professional people living in Peover Superior.

Notable residents

William Stobart – CEO of Eddie Stobart Logistics.
John Ryan – former Chairman of Doncaster Rovers F.C.

See also


Wikimedia Commons has media related to Peover Superior.
  1. 1 2 "Peover Superior: Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  2. "Socio-Demographic Data". British Streets. British Streets. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  3. "Peover Superior and Inferior". Key to English Place Names. University of Nottingham. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  4. "Church of St. Lawrence List Entry". The National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  5. "Prospective Parents". Peover Superior Endowed Controlled Primary School. Peover Superior Endowed Controlled Primary School. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  6. "Cricket Club". Over Peover Website. The Over Peover Parish Plan. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  7. "Peover Fc homepage.". Peover FC. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  8. Wilson, John (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A. Fullarton and Co. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  9. "Industry". 2011 Census Data. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  10. "Occupation (minor groups)". 2011 Census Data. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
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