Atherton, LancashireEdit This Page

From FamilySearch Wiki

Revision as of 20:36, 25 October 2010 by Angelofnorth (Talk | contribs)

England Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Parishes

Contents

Chapelry History

Atherton St John the Baptist is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1722 from chapelry in Leigh  Ancient Parish.

ATHERTON, a chapelry [built by at least 1724], in the parish and union of Leigh, hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 12 miles (W. by N.) from Manchester, and on the road from Leigh to Bolton; containing, with the village of Chowbent, 4475 inhabitants. This place was held of the barons of Warrington by Robert de Atherton, in the reign of John; and in this knightly family the manor descended through many generations, successively allied to the Byrons, Warrens, Ashtons, Butlers, Catterals, Conyers, Irelands, and Bolds: by the marriage of the late Lord Lilford with the heiress of Atherton, the manor came to his lordship's family. The chapelry comprises 2323a. 3r. 35p., and abounds with valuable stone and extensive coalmines. Two-thirds of the population are employed in the cotton and silk manufactures, in the working of the collieries, and in making nails; and the remaining third in agricultural pursuits. A cattle-fair is held in January, and holiday fairs on the 29th of June and 24th of August. Atherton Hall, a superb edifice, built by the Atherton family in the early part of the 18th century, at an expense of about £63,000, was taken down in 1825; Alder House, an ancient mansion of stone, of peculiar architecture, is the residence of Alfred Silvester, Esq. The village of Atherton includes that of Chowbent, the name of the latter being now in disuse. Petty-sessions are held every alternate Monday. The living, endowed about 1720 by Sir Richard Atherton, is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of Lord Lilford, with a net income of £100: the tithes have been commuted for £118 per annum. The present chapel is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and is a plain structure, built in 1810: the former edifice originally belonged to dissenters, and was consecrated in 1723, for the service of the Church, by Dr. Wilson, Bishop of Sodor and Man. There are places of worship for Unitarians and Baptists; and infants' and day schools, in connexion with the chapel, built in 1840.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 108-112. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50769 Date accessed: 25 June 2010.

Resources

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. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church records

Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Parish registers for St. John the Baptist's Church, Atherton, 1778-1959 Microfilm of original records at the Wigan Record Office, Leigh, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England; and formerly heldat the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
Atherton was once a chapelry in the parish of Leigh. In 1859 it became a parish in its own right.
The name of the church is St. John the Baptist.
Manchester Central Library call nos.: L 177/1/2/5-6; L 177/1/3/3-9, L 177/1/4/2-3.

Content
Film
Baptisms, 1778-1899.
FHL BRITISH Film
1885669
Baptisms, 1899-1923.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356302 Items 6 - 7
Marriages, 1853-1900.
FHL BRITISH Film
1885670
Marriages, December 1899-June 1901.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356302 Item 8
Marriages, June 1907-June 1925.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356303 Items 1 - 3
Marriages, 1925-1941. Burials, 1852-1857.
FHL BRITISH Film
2148109 Items 1 - 3
Marriages, November 1941-1949.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356303 Item 4
Burials, 1778-1857.
FHL BRITISH Film
1885671
Burials, May 1950-1959.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356303 Item 5
Another partial filming. Baptisms, 1778-1841. Burials, 1778-1852.
FHL BRITISH Film
865052

Bishop's transcripts for Leigh, 1602-1853 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Contains baptisms, marriages and burials of Leigh parish including the following chapelries: Astley, Atherton, Ellenbrook (in Eccles parish), Peel or Little Hulton (in Deane parish), Tyldesley and Bedford.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/111-119

Content
Film
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1712-1790. (Includes the chapelries of Astley and Atherton from 1724. Includes the chapelries of Astley, Atherton, Ellenbrook from 1758, and Peel or Little Hulton, 1774-1775).
FHL BRITISH Film
1545557
Baptisms, marriages and burials of Leigh, 1791-1816. Includes the Chapelries of Astley and Atherton.
FHL BRITISH Film
1545558
Baptisms, marriages and burials of Leigh, 1817-1823. Includes the chapelries of Astley and Atherton.
FHL BRITISH Film
1545559
Baptisms, marriages and burials of Leigh, 1824-1830. Includes baptisms and burials for Astley and Atherton, 1824-1830 and for Tyldesley, 1825-1829
FHL BRITISH Film
1545560
Baptisms, marriages and burials of Leigh, 1831-1837; baptisms and burials, 1838. Includes Astley and Atherton.
FHL BRITISH Film
1545561
Baptisms and burials of Leigh and Atherton, 1839-1846; baptisms and burials of Astley, 1839-1842 and of St. Stephen's Church in Astley, 1843-1853; baptisms of Bedford, 1841.
FHL BRITISH Film
1545573 Items 1 - 3


Census records

Include an overview if there is any unique information, such as the census for X year was destroyed. Add a link to online sites for indexes and/or images. Also add a link to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

http://www.1881pubs.com/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Leigh,_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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites

Add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.



 

Need additional research help? Contact our research help specialists.

Need wiki, indexing, or website help? Contact our product teams.


Did you find this article helpful?

You're invited to explain your rating on the discussion page (you must be signed in).