In 1837 Edward Davies Davenport of Capesthorne proposed to establish a church or chapel and a school in the township of Woodford in Prestbury parish. He invited George Harry Grey (1765-1845), 6th Earl of Stamford, to contribute to the scheme, intending that the church would also serve Lord Stamford's tenants in neighbouring Dean Row, in Bollin Fee township. Lord Stamford agreed to provide £200 and £20 yearly for the school, but the two men could not agree on a site for the church convenient to both townships. Lord Stamford withdrew his offer to the Society for Promoting the Building of Chapels in the Agricultural Districts of Cheshire (the Church Building Society), claiming that it had been made on the understanding that the church would accommodate the inhabitants of both Woodford and Dean Row. Despite entreaties from Rev John Thornycroft and Rev Richard Jervis Statham, Lord Stamford refused to make any contribution. Davenport publicly accused the Society of failing in its moral duty by releasing Lord Stamford from his offer.
Despite the withdrawal of Lord Stamford's support, Christ Church Woodford was built in 1841, a plain brick building. It was not consecrated until 1872. Rev Benjamin Mashiter was incumbent for many years, and was succeeded by Rev Peter Wild in 1872: see J.P. Earwaker, East Cheshire: past and present, 2 vols (London: privately printed, 1877 & 1880), vol. 2, p. 273.
The bundle contains correspondence between Edward Davies Davenport; George Harry Grey (1765-1845), 6th Earl of Stamford; William Martin, agent to Lord Stamford; Rev Charles Kenrick Prescot, rector of Stockport; Rev Richard Jervis Statham, rector of Tarporley, secretary to the Church Building Society; and Rev John Thornycroft, a member of the sub-committee examining the proposed church. In addition there are an annual report and minutes of the Church Building Society (EGR4/2/8/3/1 & /9).
The wrapper is annotated "1837 & 1838 | Letters | respecting | Woodford & Dean Row | Chapel" in the hand of the 6th Earl of Stamford; "Conditional Offer" in another hand; and "164" (on a modern adhesive paper label).