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Chapelry History

BESWICK, [St Mary] an extra-parochial district, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 1½ mile east from Manchester. Beswick is an extra-parochial place prior to the foundation of Beswick St Mary ( The Bishop Lee Memorial Church).[1]

 Search surrounding parishes for records and information (see the "Manchester" page and click on "A Comprehensive List of All Pre-1851 Manchester Parishes and Chapelries" or see the 1851 Jurisdiction Maps to find the names of all those chapels lying within Manchester's civil parish boundaries).

Beswick St Mary was established as a district chapelry in 1878 and the living was in part linked to the Bishop of Manchester.


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

  • Manchester 1837-1874
  • Prestwich 1874-1925
  • Mancester North 1925-1934
  • Heywood 1934-1974
  • Greater Manchester post 1974

Church records

Church records

Online Records 

Beswick There are online transcriptions for many of the Manchester City ecclesiastical parishes--including the ancient parish (Cathedral) of Our Lady, St George and St Denys, and for the baptism, marriage and burial registers of many of its numerous chapelries lying within its boundaries. Displayed below are those chapelries (including the Cathedral) with available online data located at the web sites indicated below; note the ranges of years: 

LOPCLancashire Online Parish Clerk
FMP =  FMP = FindMyPast
LBMDLancashire BMD
AC =




Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1573-1872 1573-1889  None
LOPC 1573-1616;1777-1837 1573-1616;1782-1836 - part. yrs 1573-1616;1792-1836 - part. yrs
LBMD 1837-1881 1837-1946 1837-1881 
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616
MANCHESTER ALL SOULS Chapelry - see Ancoats; also St Ann's Man. (pre-1850)
MANCHESTER ST ANN Chapelry (1736) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1736-1849 1737-1754  1736-1854 
LOPC 1806-1849 None 1777-1854
FREG  None None 1813-1854
LBMD 1837-1881 1838-1976 1837-1881
MANCHESTER ST BARNABAS Chapelry (1842) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1870-1935  1867-1884; 1907-1935 (part.) None
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1881 1845-1920 1837-1881 
MANCHESTER ST CLEMENTS (1793) - see Chorlton on Medlock
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1786-1797(part); 1798-1898 1841-1930 1798-1853 - part.
LOPC  None None None
LBMD 1837-1917 1841-1972 1837-1883
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1781-1910 1838-1928 - part. 1787-1910
LOPC None None None
AC 1788-1837 1788-1837 1788-1837
GENGLD 1788-1837 None 1788-1837
LBMD 1837-1881 1838-1914 1837-1881
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1686-1718; 1769-1855;1874-1879 1804-1928 1769-1900 - part.
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1881 1838-1928 1837-1881
MANCHESTER ST JUDE & ST SIMON Chapelry (1842) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1842-1906 1849-1906 None
LOPC 1844-1847 Banns: 1849-1906  None
LBMD 1837-1881 1849-1906 1837-1881
MANCHESTER ST LUKE Chapelry - see Chorlton-upon-Medlock
 MANCHESTER ST MARY Chapelry (1754) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1756-1888 1806-1930 1813-1910
LOPC 1756-1888 1806-1837; 1885-1888 1756-1871
LBMD 1837-1881  1837-1988 1837-1881 
AC 1756-1888 1756-1888 1756-1888
 MANCHESTER ST MATTHEW Chapelry (1825) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1826-1913 1838-1941 1826-1899 
LOPC 1874-1882  None None
LBMD 1837-1881  1838-1941 1837-1881
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1789-1892 1839-1930 1789-1854
LOPC 1800-1832 None 1800-1832 
LBMD 1837-1881 1839-1928 1837-1881
MANCHESTER ST PAUL'S NEW CROSS Chapelry (1765) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1765-1910 1838-1932 None
LOPC 1822-1843 None None
LBMD 1837-1881 1838-1973 1837-1881
 MANCHESTER ST PETER MOSELY ST Chapelry (1795) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1795-1906 1838-1906 1813-1866
LOPC 1795-1906 1838-1906 1796-1866
LBMD 1837-1881  1838-1906 1837-1880 
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1860-1935  1860-1926 None
LBMD 1837-1881 1860-1975 1860-1881
LOPC 1863-1906 None 1837-1880 
ANCOATS CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1822) Indexes - a dissenters chapel after 1857 
Baptisms Marriages Burials
LBMD 1837-1917 None 1837-1882
ANCOATS ALL SOULS Chapelry (1840) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1837-1908 1846-1928 None
LOPC 1840-1876  None None
LBMD 1840-1917 1846-1981  1837-1882 
ANCOATS ST ANDREWS Chapelry (1831) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1827-1910 1814-1930 - part.  1831-1855
LOPC 1831-1860 None None
LBMD 1837-1917 1838-1912 1837-1882 
ANCOATS ST JAMES THE LESS Chapelry (1867) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1874-1920 - part. 1871-1930 - part. None Extant 
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1867-1917  1871-1920  1867-1882 
 ANCOATS ST JUDE Chapelry (1837) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1837-1910 1856-1930  None Extant
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1917 1849-1954 1837-1882
ANCOATS ST MARTIN Chapelry (1865) Indexes  
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1866-1906 1875-1906 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1865-1917 1874-1906 1865-1882
ANCOATS ST PETER Chapelry (1860) - see under MANCHESTER ST PETER
ARDWICK ST BENEDICT Chapelry (1880) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1880-1910 1880-1930 None Extant
LBMD 1880-1917 1880-2000 1837-1882
 ARDWICK ST MATTHEW Chapelry (1865) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1865-1910 1869-1928  None Extant
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1869-1971 1856-1971 1837-1882
ARDWICK ST SILAS Chapelry (1842) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1842-1910 1742-1844  None Extant
LOPC None None None
FREG None  1856-1907 None
LBMD 1837-1936 1856-1954 1837-1882
 ARDWICK ST THOMAS Chapelry (1588) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1740-1910 1740-1930  1740-1842
LOPC 1740-1876 1742-1863 1741-1856
LBMD 1837-1936  1873-1976 1837-1882
BESWICK CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1862) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1879-1966 None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1878-1910 1879-1930 None Extant
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1879-1966 None

To view a full list of all of the chapelries and district churches in the City of Manchester, and their respective links to online transcriptions of baptisms, marriages and burials, be sure to see the ancient parish of MANCHESTER OUR LADY, ST GEORGE & ST DENYS page.

Parish registers for St. Mary's Church, Beswick, 1878-1966 Microfilm of original records formerly held in the Manchester Central Library, Manchester.
The church is also known as "Bishop Lee Memorial Church".
Manchester Central Library call nos.: M 280/1/1/1-2. M 280/1/2/1-7.

Inventory of church records. Baptisms, 1878-1944. Marriages, 1879-Jan. 1890.
Marriages, Jan. 1890-July 1935.
Marriages, July 1935-1966.

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 438731. for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Manchester 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 British History Online Beswick

In addition to being subject of an art work by L.S.Lowry St Mary's was featured as a location in John Schlesinger's 1962 Film "A kind of Loving" in


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 223-228. URL: Date accessed: 25 June 2010.


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