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Toxteth Park St James, Lancashire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Liverpool Borough; West Derby
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union West Derby PLU
Registration District West Derby
Records begin
Parish registers: 1775; Separate registers exist for Toxteth Park St Michael in the Hamlet
Bishop's Transcripts: 1775
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Liverpool South
Diocese Chester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office


Chapelry History

Toxteth St James was built as a chapel of ease in the year 1775 and lay partly within the West Derby parish, and was also partly considered an extra-parochial tract within Liverpool.

There is some ambiguity as to the origin of the name. One theory is that the etymology is "Toki's landing-place". However, Toxteth is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and at this time, it appears as "Stochestede", i.e. "the stockaded or enclosed place", from the Anglo-Saxon stocc "stake" and Anglo-Saxon stede "place" (found in many English placenames, usually spelled stead).

The ancient township of Toxteth contains the ancient village of Smeedon or Smithdown. It stretches over an area of three miles along the River Mersey and two miles inland, the highest point being on the corner of Smithdown Lane and Lodge Lane. An ancient brook ran from the northern end of the area towards the river, near the boundary of Parliament Street, where it was used to power a water wheel before it ran into the river. Along the river are two creeks, one near the middle is known as Knot's Hole and another further south called Dickinson's Dingle received a brook which ran past the east end of St Michaels Church.

At some time in history the creeks were filled in. The Dingle is now in the area where the old northern creek was situated, and St Michael's Hamlet is situated around the southern creek. Outside the southern boundary of the area lies the creek known as Otterspool, which formed the boundary between Wavertree and West Derby.
Toward the end of the 16th century, the Royal park ceased to be and Puritan farmers from Bolton settled in the area. Setting up 25 farms on land outside Church of England control, which became Toxteth Village, they worshiped at the "Ancient Chapel" of Toxteth on Park Road. In 1611, they built a school at the Dingle, appointing Richard Mather as master. Some years later, he began preaching to the local farmers in the Ancient Chapel.

As the area began to develop and become more urbanized, several places of worship were built to serve the growing community. The first church was St James's, in 1774. Other churches built during the 19th century include St John the Baptist's, 1832; St Thomas's, 1840; St Barnabas's, 1841; St Clement's Windsor, 1841; St Matthew's, 1847; St Paul's, 1848; Holy Trinity, 1858; St Silas's, 1865; St Cleopas's, 1866; St Margaret's, 1869; Christ Church, 1870; St Philemon's, 1874; All Saints', 1884; St Gabriel's, 1884; St Agnes's, 1884; St Bede's, 1886; St Andrew's, 1893; and the Welsh Presbyterian Church, nicknamed Toxteth Cathedral, 1868

TOXTETH-PARK, an extra-parochial district, in the union and hundred of West Derby, S. division of Lancashire; forming the south or south-eastern suburb of the town of Liverpool. [1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two major Internet sites with name lists or indexes to the civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales:

  1. FreeBMD - has of over 250 million entries
  2. Lancashire BMD - Online index of Lancashire (only) Births, Marriages and Deaths

Church records

Online Records 

Online transcriptions exist for Toxteth Park St James' Chapelry registers, also for Liverpool's ancient parish of St Nicholas' baptism, marriage and burial registers and for all of those chapelries in Toxteth Park. Displayed below are those links to online data for both this and all chapelries in this township and for the ancient parish of St Nicholas located in the following websites; note the ranges of years: 

AC = (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
TOXTETH PARK ST JAMES Chapelry (1775) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1783-1843 1775-1840 None
LOPC 1775-1806 1775-1806 1778-1806
LBMD None 1837-1972 None
AC 1774-1812 1774-1812 1774-1812
TOXTETH PARK ALL SAINTS Chapelry (1885) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1885-1963 None
TOXTETH PARK CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1871) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1872-1973 None
TOXTETH PARK HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1859) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
TOXTETH PARK ST BARNABAS Chapelry (1841) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1841-1892 None None
LOPC None  1843-1935 None
TOXTETH PARK ST BEDE Chapelry (1882) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1882-1901 None None
LBMD None 1887-1912 None
TOXTETH PARK ST BRIDES Chapelry (1831) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1831-1851 None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None  1837-1956 None
TOXTETH PARK ST CLEMENT Chapelry (1841) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1841-1856 None None
LOPC 1890-1895 1892-1901 None
LBMD None 1842-1951 None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1866-1897 None None
LOPC None None None
TOXTETH PARK ST GABRIEL Chapelry (1885) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None  None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1837-1935 None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1832-1881  None  None
LOPC 1832-1893 1832-1841 None
LBMD None 1845-1937 15 
TOXTETH PARK ST MARGARET Chapelry (1869) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None None None
TOXTETH PARK ST MATTHEW Chapelry (1851) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1875-1904  None None
LBMD None 1858-1978 None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1815-1859 1815-1837 None
LOPC 1815-1909 1815-1904 None
LBMD None 1837-1939 None
TOXTETH PARK ST NATHANIEL Chapelry (1869) Indexes - recs at Liverpool RO
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
TOXTETH PARK ST PAUL Chapelry (1849) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None  None
LOPC None None  None
LBMD None 1849-1963 None
TOXTETH PARK ST PHILEMON Chapelry (1873) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1875-1957 None
TOXTETH PARK ST SAVIOUR Chapelry (1841) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1843-1935 None
TOXTETH PARK ST SILAS Chapelry (1865) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None[1] None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1867-1958 None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1843-1935 None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1604-1894 1604-1911  1779-1787;1809-1825
LOPC 1776-1865 1788-1838 1776-1854
LBMD None 1837-1939 None
AC  1659-1812 1659-1812 1659-1812

To view a full list for Liverpool's Parishes, (nearly 60) chapelries, ecclesiastical churches, and district chapels, and to view online baptism, marriage and burial transcription indexes, visit the LIVERPOOL ST PETER & ST NICHOLAS PARISH page.

Original Records

Toxteth Park St James' Chapelry (parish) registers are held at the Liverpool Record Office. These registers have also been microfilmed by FamilySearch and they are available through its 4600 FamilySearch Centers worldwide.

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 438719.

Poor Law Unions

West Derby, Lancashire Poor Law Union Toxteth Park, Lancashire Poor Law Union

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 380-386. Date accessed: 19 November 2013.


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