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Chapelry History

BOOTHS, HIGHER, a township, in the parish of Whalley, union of Haslingden, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 2 miles north of Rawtenstall. This township comprises the villages of Goodshaw-Booth, Goodshaw-Fold, Crawshaw-Booth, Low-Clough, and Sunny-Side, all of them within the district of Rossendale. Goodshaw has a chapel, to which a district has been assigned, co-extensive with the township. The chapel stands on Morrell Height; it was erected in 1530. The Goodshaw chapel registers commence from 1699.[1]

The Wesleyans, Baptists, Primitive Methodists, and Society of Friends have places of worship.

Goodshaw St Mary and All Saints was created as a chapel of ease by 1699 within the boundaires of   Whalley, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.


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

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

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 the chapelry of Goodshaw, 1749-1907 Microfilm copy of originals at the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.Goodshaw is a chapelry in Whalley parish. The chapelry was also known as St. Mary and All Saints' Church.
Manchester Central Library call nos.: L82/1/1, L82/1/2/3, L82/1/3/1, L82/1/4/2.

Baptisms, 1749-1854. Burials, 1755-1841.
Inventory of church records. Baptisms, 1854-1900. Marriages, 1838-1907. Burials, 1841-1893.

Bishop's transcripts for Goodshaw, 1699-1838 Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston. Goodshaw is a chapelry in the parish of Whalley.
Lancashire Record Office: DRB 2/246

Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1699?; baptisms and burials, 1801-1838.
1068834 Item 2

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks index

A useful resource for the records of this parish. for Baptism records online with Surname index for marriages with Surname index for burials with Surname index

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 306899. for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Burnley Poor Law Union,Lancashire

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

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Web sites


  1. John Marius Wilson. Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Published Edinburgh 1870, A. Fullarton & Co. See at:


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