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[Note:  The Chapelry A-Z  list is being updated; please check back again, soon for important data-links! For now, see the ancient parish--The Parishes A-Z list--to which your chapelry was attached, instead.]
 
  
 
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Be sure to visit both "The Parishes A-Z" and "The Chapelries A-Z" links (to the right) and click to find your parish or chapel to 1) determine if it was indeed an ancient parish, or, if a chapel of ease and to which ancient parish it was attached and, 2) find links to rich online (free) data content for each.
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Lancashire originally had only 75 parishes, and unlike most other England counties, was comprised by far of mostly (over 400) chapelries. These chapelries (or chapels of ease) subdivided each parish to which they were attached. '''Key Strategy''': Always be certain to search for the events of your ancestor[s] in ALL chapelries of a parish and their registers as well in the registers of its ancient parish.
 
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<br> '''Lancashire''', is a maritime county located in the North West of [[England|<font color="#0066cc">England</font>]]. It is sometimes called&nbsp;the '''County of Lancaster'''.  
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<br>'''Lancashire''', is a maritime county located in the North West of [[England|<font color="#0066cc">England</font>]]. It is sometimes called&nbsp;the '''County of Lancaster'''.  
  
By 1850 Lancashire was '''comprised of only <u>75</u> ancient parishes, each with mostly large boundaries. However, with over 400 smaller chapels&nbsp; in Lancashire (called chapelries, chapels of ease,&nbsp;district chapels or ecclesiastical churches), most&nbsp;parishes on&nbsp;average had 8 chapels&nbsp;which&nbsp;sub-divided them'''''<b>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</b>''  
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By 1850 Lancashire was '''comprised of only [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/The_Parishes <u>75</u> ancient parishes], each with mostly large boundaries. However, with over 400 smaller chapels&nbsp; in Lancashire (called chapelries, chapels of ease,&nbsp;district chapels or ecclesiastical churches), most&nbsp;parishes on&nbsp;average had 8 chapels&nbsp;which&nbsp;sub-divided them'''''<b>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</b>''  
  
 
Each chapel of ease&nbsp;possesses&nbsp;'parish' registers of baptisms, and (where extant) marriages&nbsp;and burials of their own, and many of them, from&nbsp;ancient&nbsp;times.  
 
Each chapel of ease&nbsp;possesses&nbsp;'parish' registers of baptisms, and (where extant) marriages&nbsp;and burials of their own, and many of them, from&nbsp;ancient&nbsp;times.  
  
Choose&nbsp;your&nbsp;parish from the The Parishes A-Z list&nbsp;below and click to see a link to a "Comprehensive List of Chapels"&nbsp;for&nbsp;each ancient parish. If a link&nbsp;does not appear in this list, then check&nbsp;"The Chapels A-Z" listing below it to find it.  
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You can click [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/The_Parishes '''The Parishes A-Z'''] link or, [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Lancashire_Chapelries '''The Chapelries A-Z'''] below it, to find your Lancashire church. On most parish pages you can&nbsp;find (click) a link to view a "Comprehensive List" of Chapels attached to each ancient parish.  
  
You can also&nbsp;check John Marius Wilson's&nbsp;''[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/expertsearch.jsp;jsessionid=551EBB65F1B9D4A0764C3C9605A52F16#tab03 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales]&nbsp;or, ''Samuel A. Lewis' ''[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=445 A Topographical Dictionary of England]'' to determine whether your 'parish' was in fact a "parish" or,&nbsp;if it was instead a chapel of ease (chapelry) within a large parish boundary, etc.<br>  
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You can also check John Marius Wilson's ''[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/expertsearch.jsp;jsessionid=551EBB65F1B9D4A0764C3C9605A52F16#tab03 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales]&nbsp;or, ''Samuel A. Lewis' ''[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=445 A Topographical Dictionary of England]'' to determine whether your 'parish' was in fact a "parish" or,&nbsp;if it was instead a chapel of ease (chapelry) within a large parish boundary, etc.<ref>Wilson, John Marius, [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/entry_page.jsp?text_id=2121490 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales] (1870). Adapted. Date accessed: 30 Apr 2012</ref><br>
  
== Lancashire's Ancient Parishes And Their Chapels&nbsp;  ==
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== Lancashire's Ancient Parishes And Their Chapels:&nbsp;  ==
  
=== &nbsp;[[<u>'''The Parishes]]'''</u>'''(A-Z):'''  ===
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=== &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<u>'''[[The Parishes]]'''</u>'''(A-Z)'''  ===
  
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=== &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<u>'''[[Lancashire Chapelries|The Chapelries]]'''</u>'''(A-Z)''' ===
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| [[Aldingham, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Aldingham</font>''''']]
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| [[Altcar, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Altcar</font>''''']]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| [[Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Ashton in Makerfield St Thomas</font>''''']]
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| [[Ashton under Lyne St Michael, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Ashton under Lyne St Michael</font>''''']]  
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| [[Aughton, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Aughton</font>''''']]
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| [[Bispham, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Bispham</font>''''']]
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| [[Bolton le Moors St Peter, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Bolton le Moors St Peter</font>''''']]
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| [[Bolton le Sands, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Bolton le Sands</font>''''']]
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| [[Blackburn St Mary, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Blackburn St Mary</font>''''']]
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| [[Brindle, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Brindle</font>''''']]
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| [[Bury St Mary, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Bury St Mary</font>''''']]
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| [[Cartmel, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Cartmel</font>''''']]
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| [[Childwall, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Childwall</font>''''']]
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| [[Chipping, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Chipping</font>''''']]
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| [[Chorley St Laurence, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Chorley St Laurence</font>''''']]
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| [[Claughton St Chad, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Claughton St Chad</font>''''']]
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| [[Cockerham, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Cockerham</font>''''']]
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| [[Colton, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Colton</font>''''']]
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| [[Croft with Southworth, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Croft with Southworth</font>''''']]
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| [[Croston, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Croston</font>''''']]
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| [[Dalton in Furness, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Dalton in Furness</font>''''']]
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| [[Deane, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Deane</font>''''']]
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| [[Eccles, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Eccles</font>''''']]
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| [[Eccleston, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Eccleston St Mary</font>''''']]
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| [[Flixton, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Flixton</font>''''']]
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| [[Garstang, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Garstang</font>''''']]
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| [[Golborne, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Golborne</font>''''']]
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| [[Halsall, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Halsall</font>''''']]
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| [[Halton, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Halton</font>''''']]
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| [[Hawkshead, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Hawkshead</font>''''']]
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| [[Hesketh with Becconsall, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Hesketh with Becconsall</font>''''']]
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| [[Heysham, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Heysham</font>''''']]
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| [[Hoole, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Hoole</font>''''']]
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| [[Huyton, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Huyton</font>''''']]
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| [[Kirkby Ireleth, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Kirkby Ireleth</font>''''']]
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| [[Kirkham, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Kirkham</font>''''']]
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| [[Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Lancaster St Mary</font>''''']]
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| [[Leigh, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Leigh</font>''''']]
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| [[Leyland, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Leyland</font>''''']]
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| [[Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas</font>''''']]
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| [[Lytham, Lancashire|'''''Lytham''''']]
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| [[Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Manchester Our Lady, St George &amp; St Denys</font>''''']]
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| [[Melling, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Melling</font>''''']]
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| [[Middleton, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Middleton</font>''''']]
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| [[Mitton, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Mitton St Michael</font>''''']]
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| [[Newchurch, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Newchurch</font>''''']]
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| '''''[[Newton in Makerfield St Peter, Lancashire|Newton in Makerfield St Peter, Lancashire]]'''''
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| [[North Meols, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">North Meols</font>''''']]
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| [[Ormskirk, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Ormskirk</font>''''']]
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| [[Pennington, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Pennington</font>''''']]
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| [[Penwortham, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Penwortham</font>''''']]
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| [[Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Poulton le Fylde</font>''''']]
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| [[Prescot, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Prescot</font>''''']]
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| [[Preston St John, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Preston St John</font>''''']]
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| [[Prestwich St Mary, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Prestwich St Mary</font>''''']]
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| [[Radcliffe, St Mary Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Radcliffe St Mary</font>''''']]
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| [[Ribchester, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Ribchester</font>''''']][[Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc"></font>''''']]
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| [[Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Rochdale St Chad</font>''''']]
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| [[Rufford, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Rufford</font>''''']]
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| [[Sefton, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Sefton</font>''''']][[St Michael on Wyre, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc"></font>''''']]
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| [[St Michael on Wyre, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">St Michael on Wyre</font>''''']][[Standish, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc"></font>''''']]
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| [[Standish, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Standish</font>''''']]
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| [[Tarleton, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Tarleton</font>''''']][[Tatham, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc"></font>''''']]
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| [[Tatham, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Tatham</font>''''']][[Thornton in Lonsdale, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc"></font>''''']]
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| [[Thornton in Lonsdale, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Thornton in Lonsdale</font>''''']]&nbsp;(<sub><sup>Yorkshire)</sup></sub>
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| [[Tunstal, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Tunstal</font>''''']]
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| [[Ulverston St Mary, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Ulverston St Mary</font>''''']]
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| [[Urswick, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Urswick</font>''''']]
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| [[Walton on the Hill St Mary, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Walton on the Hill St Mary</font>''''']]
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| [[Warrington St Elphin, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Warrington St Elphin</font>''''']]
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| '''''<font color="#0066cc">[[Warton (near Lancaster), Lancashire|Warton (near Lancaster]])</font>'''''
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| [[Whalley, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Whalley</font>''''']]
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| [[Whittington, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Whittington</font>''''']]
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| [[Wigan All Saints, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Wigan All Saints</font>''''']]
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| [[Winwick, Lancashire|'''''<font color="#0066cc">Winwick</font>''''']]
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=== <br><u>'''The Chapelries'''</u>'''(A-Z):'''  ===
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<br>Lancashire's numerous smaller chapels of ease and district chapels comprises a&nbsp;vast&nbsp;portion of its geographical tapestry and each one possessed registers of baptisms, and sometimes marriages and burials.&nbsp;Because of this unique attribute, thoroughness in&nbsp;Lancashire research especially requires comprehensive, [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=445 diligent study to determine ''<u>all</u>'' chapels of ease, chapelries, district churches, and parochial chapels lying within the boundary of each ancient parish].
  
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Lancashire contains also "parts of 4 other [border] parishes, and at least 9 extra-parochial places.&nbsp;Prior to 1870,&nbsp;the county was&nbsp;divided into the city of Manchester, and the boroughs of Ashton-under-Lyne, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Clitheroe, Lancaster, Liverpool, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, and Wigan, and included&nbsp;parts of the Cheshire boroughs of Stalybridge, Stockport, and Warrington...
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| [[Abram, Lancashire|'''A'''bram]]&nbsp;  
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| [[Accrington St James, Lancashire|'''A'''ccrington St James]]
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| [[Adlington, Lancashire|'''A'''dlington]]
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| [[Admarsh, Lancashire|Admarsh]]
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| [[Aigburth, Lancashire|Aigburth]]
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| [[Ainsworth, Lancashire|Ainsworth]]
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| [[Altham, Lancashire|Altham]]
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| [[Ancoats All Souls, Lancashire|Ancoats All Souls]] - 1840
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| [[Ancoats St Andrew, Lancashire|Ancoats St Andrew]]&nbsp; - 1831
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| [[Ancoats Christ Church, Lancashire|Ancoats Christ Church]] - 1844
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| [[Ancoats St James the Less, Lancashire|Ancoats St James the Less]] - 1867
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| [[Ancoats St Jude, Lancashire|Ancoats St Jude]] - 1837
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| [[Ancoats St Martin, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Ancoats St Martin</font>]] - 1865
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| [[Angerton, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Angerton</font>]]
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| [[Ardwick St Benedict, Lancashire|Ardwick St Benedict]]
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| [[Ardwick St Silas, Lancashire|Ardwick St Silas]] - 1842
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| [[Ardwick, Lancashire|Ardwick St Thomas]] - 1740
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| [[Arkholme, Lancashire|Arkholme]]
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| [[Ashton under Lyne Christ Church, Lancashire|Ashton under Lyne Christ Church]]&nbsp;  
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| [[Ashton under Lyne St Peter, Lancashire|Ashton under Lyne St Peter]]
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| [[Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew, Lancshire|Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew]]
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| [[Ashworth, Lancashire|Ashworth]]
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| [[Astley, Lancashire|Astley]]
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| [[Astley Bridge, Lancashire|Astley Bridge]]
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| [[Atherton, Lancashire|Atherton]]
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| [[Audenshaw, Lancashire|Audenshaw]]
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| [[Bacup, Lancashire|Bacup]]
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| [[Balderstone, Lancashire|Balderstone]]
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| [[Bamber Bridge St Saviour, Lancashire|Bamber Bridge St Saviour]]
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| [[Bardsley, Lancashire|Bardsley]]
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| [[Barrowford, Lancashire|Barrowford]]
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| [[Barton, Lancashire|Barton]]
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| [[Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire|Barton upon Irwell]]
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| [[Bedford Leigh, Lancashire|Bedford Leigh]]
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| [[Beswick Christ Church, Lancashire|Beswick Christ Church]]
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| [[Beswick St Mary]]
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| [[Bevington, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Bevington</font>]]
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| [[Bickerstaffe, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Bickerstaffe</font>]]
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| [[Billinge, Lancashire|Billinge]] Birch - see Birch in Hopwood
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| [[Birch in Hopwood, Lancashire|Birch in Hopwood]]
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| [[Birch in Rusholme, Lancashire|Birch in Rusholme]] St James
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| [[Birch in Rusholme Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Bircle, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Bircle</font>]]
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| [[Birtle cum Bamford, Lancashire|Birtle]]
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| [[Blackburn Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Blackburn Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Blackburn St John, Lancashire|Blackburn St John]]
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| [[Blackburn St Michael and All Angels, Lancashire|Blackburn St Michael and All Angels]]
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| [[Blackburn St Paul, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Blackburn St Paul</font>]]
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| [[Blackburn St Peter, Lancashire|Blackburn St Peter]]
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| [[Blackley St Andrew]]
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| [[Blackley St Peter, Lancashire|Blackley St Peter]]
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| [[Blackpool St John, Lancashire|Blackpool St John]]
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| [[Blackrod, Lancashire|Blackrod]]
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| [[Blawith, Lancashire|Blawith]]
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| [[Bolton le Moors All Saints, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors All Saints]]
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| [[Bolton le Moors Christ Church, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors Christ Church]]
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| [[Bolton le Moors Emmanuel, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors Emmanuel]]
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| [[Bolton le Moors Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Bolton le Moors St George, Lancashire|Bolton le Moors St George]]
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| [[Bolton le Sands, Lancashire|Bolton le Sands]]
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| [[Little Bolton St John, Lancashire|Little Bolton St John]]
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| [[Bootle St Mary, Lancashire|Bootle St Mary]]
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| [[Bradford Christ Church, Lancashire|Bradford Christ Church]]
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| [[Bradford St Philip, Lancashire|Bradford St Philip]]
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| [[Bradshaw, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Bradshaw</font>]]
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| [[Brathay, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Brathay</font>]]
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| [[Bretherton, Lancashire|Bretherton]]
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| [[Briercliffe, Lancashire|Briercliffe]]
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| [[Brindle Heath St Ann]]
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| [[Broughton, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Broughton</font>]] (nr Preston)
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| [[Broughton Ascension]]
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| [[Broughton - cum Kearsal St John the Evangelist]] - 1837
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| [[Broughton St Thomas]]
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| [[Broughton (Higher) St James|<font color="#0066cc">Broughton (Higher) St James</font>]]
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| [[Broughton in Furness, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Broughton in Furness</font>]]
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| [[Brownhill St Gabriel|<font color="#0066cc">Brownhill St Gabriel</font>]]
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| [[Burnage St Margaret]][[Broughton in Furness, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc"></font>]]
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| [[Burnley St Paul|<font color="#0066cc">Burnley St Paul</font>]]
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| [[Burnley St Peter, Lancashire|Burnley St Peter]]
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| [[Burnley St James, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Burnley St James</font>]]
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| [[Burscough Bridge, Lancashire|Burscough Bridge]]
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| Burton in Kendal - see Westmorland County
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| [[Burton Wood, Lancashire|Burton Wood]]
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| [[Bury St John, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Bury St John</font>]]
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| [[Bury St Paul, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Bury St Paul</font>]]
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| [[Cartmel Fell, Lancashire|Cartmel Fell]]
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| [[Caton with Littledale, Lancashire|Caton with Littledale]]
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| [[Chadderton St John, Lancashire|Chadderton St John]]
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| [[Chadderton St Matthew, Lancashire|Chadderton St Matthew]]
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| [[Chatburn, Lancashire|Chatburn]]
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| [[Cheetham Hill St Mark, Lancashire|Cheetham Hill St Mark Redbank]]
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| [[Cheetham St Albans]]
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| [[Cheetham St Luke]]
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| [[Cheetham St Thomas|<font color="#0066cc">Cheetham St Thomas</font>]]
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| [[Chipping, Lancashire|Chipping]]
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| [[Chorley St George, Lancashire|Chorley St George]]
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| [[Chorley St Peter, Lancashire|Chorley St Peter]]
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| [[Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire|Chorlton cum Hardy]]
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| [[Chorlton upon Medlock All Saints, Lancashire|Chorlton upon Medlock All Saints]] 1808
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| [[Chorlton upon Medlock St Ambrose, Lancashire|Chorlton upon Medlock St Ambrose]] 1884
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| [[Chorlton upon Medlock St Clement, Lancashire|Chorlton upon Medlock St Clement ]]1793
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| [[Chorlton Upon Medlock St Luke, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Chorlton upon Medlock St Luke</font>]]
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| [[Chorlton upon Medlock St Matthias, Lancashire|Chorlton upon Medlock St Matthias]]
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| [[Chorlton upon Medlock St Paul]]
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| [[Chorlton upon Medlock St Saviour, Lancashire|Chorlton upon Medlock St Saviour]]
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| [[Chorlton upon Medlock St Stephen]]
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| [[Church Coniston, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Church Coniston</font>]]
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| [[Church Kirk, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Church Kirk</font>]]
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| [[Claughton, Lancashire|Claughton]]
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| [[Clayton St Cross]]
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| [[Clayton le Moors, Lancashire|Clayton le Moors]]
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| [[Clitheroe, Lancashire|Clitheroe]]
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| [[Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire|Clitheroe Castle]]
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| [[Clitheroe St James, Lancashire|Clitheroe St James]]
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| [[Cockersand Abbey, Lancashire|Cockersand Abbey]]
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| [[Coldhurst, Lancashire|Coldhurst]]
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| [[Collyhurst Albert Memorial Chapel]]
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| [[Collyhurst St Catherine]]
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| [[Collyhurst St George in the Fields]]
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| [[Collyhurst St James]]
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| [[Collyhurst St Oswald]]
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| [[Colne, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Colne</font>]]
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| [[Colne Christ Church, Lancashire|Colne Christ Church]]
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| [[Coniston, Lancashire|Coniston]]
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| [[Copp, Lancashire|Copp]]
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| [[Coppull, Lancashire|Coppull]]
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| [[Crossens, Lancashire|Crossens]]
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| [[Croxteth Park, Lancashire|Croxteth Park]]
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| [[Crumpsall St Mary]]
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| [[Crumpsall St Thomas]]
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| [[Daisyfield St Michaels Daisy Lane, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Daisyfield St Michaels Daisy Lane</font>]] - 1839
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| [[Daisyfield St Michael All Angels, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Daisyfield St Michael All Angels</font>]] - 1839
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| [[Dendron, Lancashire|Dendron]]
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| [[Denton, Lancashire|Denton]]
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| [[Denton Christ Church, Lancashire|Denton Christ Church]]
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| [[Denton St George, Danebank]]
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| [[Didsbury, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Didsbury</font>]]
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| [[Dolphinholme|Dolphinholme]]
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| [[Downall Green or Garswood End|Downall Green or Garswood End]] - 1838
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| [[Downham, Lancashire|Downham]]
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| [[Droylsden, Lancashire|Droylsden]]
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| [[Field Broughton St Peter, Lancashire|East Broughton]]
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| [[East Crompton, Lancashire|East Crompton]]
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| [[Eccleston Christ Church, Lancashire|Eccleston Christ Church]] (near Prescot)
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| [[Eccleston St Thomas, Lancashire|Eccleston St Thomas]]
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| [[Edenfield, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Edenfield</font>]]
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| [[Egton cum Newland, Lancashire|Egton cum Newland]]
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| [[Ellel, Lancashire|Ellel]]
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| [[Ellenbrook St Mary the Virgin, Lancashire, England|Ellenbrook]]
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| [[Elton, Lancashire|Elton]]
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| [[Euxton, Lancashire|Euxton]]
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| [[Everton Christ Church, Lancashire|Everton Christ Church]]
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| [[Everton St Augustine, Lancashire|Everton St Augustine]]
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| [[Everton St George, Lancashire|Everton St George]]
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| [[Everton St Peter, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Everton St Peter</font>]]
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| [[Failsworth, Lancashire|Failsworth]]
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| [[Farington, Lancashire|Farington]]
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| [[Farnworth, Lancashire|Farnworth]]
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| [[Farnworth and Kearsley, Lancashire|Farnworth and Kearsley]]
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| [[Fence-in-Pendle, Lancashire|Fence-in-Pendle]]
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| [[Feniscowles, Lancashire|Feniscowles]]
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| [[Field Broughton St Peter, Lancashire|Field Broughton St Peter]]
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| [[Finsthwaite, Lancashire|Finsthwaite]]
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| [[Formby, Lancashire|Formby]]
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| [[Garstang St Thomas, Lancashire|Garstang St Thomas]]
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| [[Garston, Lancashire|Garston]]
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| Garswood End (see Downall Green)
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| [[Glasson, Lancashire|Glasson]]
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| [[Glodwick, Lancashire|Glodwick]]
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| [[Golborne, Lancashire|Golborne]]
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| [[Goodshaw, Lancashire|Goodshaw]]
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| [[Goosnargh, Lancashire|Goosnargh]]
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| [[Gorton St James, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Gorton St James</font>]]
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| [[Great Crosby, Lancashire|Great Crosby]]
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| [[Great Eccleston|Great Eccleston]]
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| [[Great Harwood, Lancashire|Great Harwood]]
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| [[Great Lever, Lancashire|Great Lever]]
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| [[Great Marsden, Lancashire|Great Marsden]]
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| [[Great Sankey, Lancashire|Great Sankey]]
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| [[Gressingham, Lancashire|Gressingham]]
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| [[Grimsargh, Lancashire|Grimsargh]]
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| [[Habergham All Saints, Lancashire|Habergham All Saints]]
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| [[Habergham Eaves, Lancashire|Habergham Eaves]]
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| [[Haigh and Aspull, Lancashire|Haigh and Aspull]]
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| [[Hale, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Hale</font>]]
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| [[Halewood, Lancashire|Halewood]]
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| [[Halliwell St Peter, Lancashire|Halliwell St Paul]]
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| [[Halliwell St Peter, Lancashire|Halliwell St Peter]]
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| [[Harpurhey, Lancashire|Harpurhey]]
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| [[Harwood, Lancashire|Harwood]]
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| [[Haslingden, Lancashire|Haslingden]]
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| Haughton - see Denton
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| [[Haverthwaite, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Haverthwaite</font>]]
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| [[Healey, Lancashire|Healey]]
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| [[Heapey, Lancashire|Heapey]]
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| [[Heaton Mersey]]
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| [[Heaton Norris, Lancashire|Heaton Norris]]
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| [[Henheads, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Henheads</font>]]
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| [[Hey, Lancashire|Hey]]
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| [[Heyhouses, Lancashire|Heyhouses]]
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| [[Heywood, Lancashire|Heywood]]
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| [[Heywood St James, Lancashire|Heywood St James]]
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| [[Hindley, Lancashire|Hindley]]
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| [[Hoghton, Lancashire|Hoghton]]
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| [[Holcombe, Lancashire|Holcombe]]
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| [[Hollinfare, Lancashire|Hollinfare]]
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| [[Hollinwood, Lancashire|Hollinwood]]
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| [[Holme Island, Lancashire|Holme Island]]
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| [[Holme St John, Lancashire|Holme St John]]
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| [[Hornby, Lancashire|Hornby]]
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| [[Horwich, Lancashire|Horwich]]
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| [[Hulme Christ Church, Lancashire|Hulme Christ Church]]
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| [[Hulme St George, Lancashire|Hulme St George]]
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| [[Hulme St Mark, Lancashire|Hulme St Mark]]
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| [[Hulme St Philip, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Hulme St Philip</font>]]
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| [[Hundersfield, Lancashire|Hundersfield]]
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| [[Hurst, Lancashire|Hurst]]
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| [[Hurst Green, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Hurst Green</font>]]
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| [[Inskip, Lancashire|Inskip]]
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| [[Kersall Moor]]
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| [[Kirkby, Lancashire|Kirkby]]
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| [[Kirkdale St Mary, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Kirkdale St Mary</font>]]
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| [[Knotty Ash St John the Evangelist, Lancashire|Knotty Ash St John the Evangelist]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;
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| [[Knowsley, Lancashire|Knowsley]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| [[Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire|Lancaster Castle]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| [[Lancaster St Anne, Lancashire|Lancaster St Anne]]
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| [[Lancaster St John, Lancashire|Lancaster St John]]
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| [[Lancaster St Thomas, Lancashire|Lancaster St Thomas]]
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| [[Lane Bridge, Lancashire|Lane Bridge]]
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| [[Langho, Lancashire|Langho]]
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| [[Latchford St James, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Latchford_St_James</font>]]
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Lancashire's assizes (higher courts) were&nbsp;held at&nbsp;Lancaster,&nbsp;Liverpool and Manchester. The quarter sessions (smaller courts) were held at Lancaster, Preston, Liverpool, and Manchester.<br>
  
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== Featured Content  ==
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| [[Lathom St James, Lancashire|Lathom St James]]
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| [[Leck, Lancashire|Leck]] Lees - see Hey
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| [[Leesfield, Lancashire|Leesfield]]
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| [[Levenshulme]]
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| [[Lever Bridge, Lancashire|Lever Bridge]]
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| [[Lindale, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Lindale</font>]]
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| [[Litherland Christ Church, Lancashire|Litherland Christ Church]]
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| [[Little Bolton All Saints, Lancashire|Little Bolton All Saints]]
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| [[Little Bolton St John, Lancashire|Little Bolton St John]]
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| [[Crosby, Little|Little Crosby]]
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| [[Little Hulton, Lancashire|Little Hulton]]
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| [[Little Lever, Lancashire|Little Lever]]
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| [[Little Marsden, Lancashire|Little Marsden]]
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| [[Littleborough, Lancashire|Littleborough]]
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| [[Littledale, Lancashire|Littledale]]
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| [[Liverpool All Saints, Lancashire|Liverpool All Saints]]
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| [[Liverpool All Souls Vauxhall, Lancashire|Liverpool All Souls Vauxhall]]
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| [[Liverpool Blessed Virgin Mary, Lancashire|Liverpool Blessed Virgin Mary]]
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| [[Liverpool Christ Church, Lancashire|Liverpool Christ Church]]
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| [[Liverpool Holy Innocents, Lancashire|Liverpool Holy Innocents]]
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| [[Liverpool Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Liverpool Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Liverpool St Andrew, Lancashire|Liverpool St Andrew]]
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| [[Liverpool St Anne, Lancashire|Liverpool St Anne]]
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| [[Liverpool St Barnabas, Lancashire|Liverpool St Barnabas]]
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| [[Liverpool St Bartholomew, Lancashire|Liverpool St Bartholomew]]
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| [[Liverpool St Bride, Lancashire|Liverpool St Bride]]
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| [[Liverpool St Catherine, Lancashire|Liverpool St Catherine]]
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| [[Liverpool St David, Lancashire|Liverpool St David]]
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| [[Liverpool St George, Lancashire|Liverpool St George]]
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| [[Liverpool St John, Lancashire|Liverpool St John]]
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| [[Liverpool St Jude, Lancashire|Liverpool St Jude]]
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| [[Liverpool St John the Evangelist, Lancashire|Liverpool St John the Evangelist]]
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| [[Liverpool St Luke, Lancashire|Liverpool St Luke]]
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| [[Liverpool St Mark, Lancashire|Liverpool St Mark]]
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| [[Liverpool St Martin in the Fields, Lancashire|Liverpool St Martin in the Fields]]
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| [[Liverpool St Martin Cemetery, Lancashire|Liverpool St Martin Cemetery]]
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| [[Liverpool St Mary's Cemetery, Lancashire|Liverpool St Mary's Cemetery]]
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| [[Liverpool St Mary, Lancashire|Liverpool St Mary]]
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| [[Liverpool St Matthew, Lancashire|Liverpool St Matthew]]
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| [[Liverpool St Matthias, Lancashire|Liverpool St Matthias]]
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| [[Liverpool St Michael, Lancashire|Liverpool St Michael]]
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| Liverpool St Nicholas - united with Liverpool St Peter
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| [[Liverpool St Paul, Lancashire|Liverpool St Paul]]
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|-
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| [[Liverpool St Peter, Lancashire|Liverpool St Peter]]
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| [[Liverpool St Philip, Lancashire|Liverpool St Philip]]
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| [[Liverpool St Saviour, Lancashire|Liverpool St Saviour]]
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| [[Liverpool St Silas, Lancashire|Liverpool St Silas]]
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| [[Liverpool St Simon, Lancashire|Liverpool St Simon]]
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| [[Liverpool St Stephen, Lancashire|Liverpool St Stephen]]
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| [[Liverpool St Thomas, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Liverpool St Thomas</font>]]
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| [[Longridge, Lancashire|Longridge]]
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| [[Longsight]]
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| [[Longton, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Longton</font>]]
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| [[Lower Darwen, Lancashire|Lower Darwen St James]]
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| [[Lowick, Lancashire|Lowick]]
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| [[Lumb, Lancashire|Lumb]]
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| [[Lund, Lancashire|Lund]]
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| [[Lydgate, Lancashire|Lydgate]]
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| [[Lydiate, Lancashire|Lydiate]]
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| [[Lytham St John, Lancashire|Lytham St John]]
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| [[Maghull, Lancashire|Maghull]]
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| [[Manchester All Souls, Lancashire|Manchester All Souls]]
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| [[Manchester St Ann, Lancashire|Manchester St Ann]]
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| [[Manchester St Barnabas, Lancashire|Manchester St Barnabas]]
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| [[Manchester St Clement, Lancashire|Manchester St Clement]]
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| [[Manchester St George, Lancashire|Manchester St George]]
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| [[Manchester St James, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Manchester St James</font>]]
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| [[Manchester St John, Lancashire|Manchester St John]]
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| [[Manchester St Mary, Lancashire|Manchester St Mary]]
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| [[Manchester St Matthew, Campfield, Lancashire|Manchester St Matthew, Campfield]]
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| Manchester St Matthias - see Salford St Matthias
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| [[Manchester St Michael, Lancashire|Manchester St Michael]]
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| [[Manchester St Paul, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Manchester St Paul</font>]]
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| [[Manchester St Peter, Lancashire|Manchester St Peter]]
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| [[Manchester St Peter, Oldham Road, Lancashire|Manchester St Peter, Oldham Road]]
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| [[Manchester St Philip, Lancashire|Manchester St Philip]]
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| [[Manchester St Philip, Bradford Road, Lancashire|Manchester St Philip, Bradford Road]];- see Bradford
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| [[Marton, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Marton</font>]]
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| [[Mawdesley with Bispham, Lancashire|Mawdesley with Bispham]]
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| [[Melling (near Liverpool), Lancashire|Melling (near Liverpool)]]
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| [[Mellor, Lancashire|Mellor]]
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| [[Mellor-Brook, Lancashire|Mellor-Brook]] - see also Mellor and Balderstone
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| [[Miles Platting]]
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| [[Milnrow, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Milnrow</font>]]
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| [[Mossley, Lancashire|Mossley]]
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| [[Moss-side]]
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| [[Much Woolton, Lancashire|Much Woolton]]
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| [[Musbury, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Musbury</font>]]
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| [[Newchurch in Pendle, Lancashire|Newchurch in Pendle]]
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| [[Newchurch in Rossendale, Lancashire|Newchurch in Rossendale]]
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| &nbsp;[[Newton All Saints, Lancashire|Newton All Saints]]
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| [[Newton in Makerfield Emmanuel|Newton in Makerfield Emmanuel]]
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| [[Oldham St James, Lancashire|Oldham St James]]
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| [[Oldham St Mary, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Oldham St Mary</font>]]
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| [[Oldham St Peter, Lancashire|Oldham St Peter]]
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| [[Openshaw, Lancashire|Openshaw]]
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| [[Ordsall|<font color="#0066cc">Ordsall</font>]]
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| [[Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Oswaldtwistle</font>]]
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| [[Out Rawcliffe, Lancashire|Out Rawcliffe]]
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| [[Over Darwen St James, Lancashire|Over Darwen St James]]
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| [[Darwen, Over St John the Evangelist, Lancashire|Over Darwen St John the Evangelist]]
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| [[Over Darwen St Peter, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Over Darwen St Peter</font>]]
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| [[Over Darwen Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Over Darwen Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Over Kellet, Lancashire|Over Kellet]]
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| [[Overton, Lancashire|Overton]]
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| [[Paddington, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Paddington</font>]]
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| [[Padgate, Lancashire|Padgate]]
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| [[Padiham, Lancashire|Padiham]]
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| [[Parr, Lancashire|Parr]]
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| [[Peel, Lancashire|Peel]]
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| [[Pemberton, Lancashire|Pemberton]]
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| [[Pendlebury, Lancashire|Pendlebury]]
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| [[Pendleton All saints, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Pendleton All Saints</font>]] near Clitheroe
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| [[Pendleton St Thomas (Salford), Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Pendleton St Thomas (near</font>]][[Pendleton St Thomas (Salford), Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Salford)</font>]]
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| [[Pendleton Hall, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Pendleton Hall</font>]]
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| [[Pilling, Lancashire|Pilling]]
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| [[Poulton, Lancashire|Poulton]]
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| [[Poulton le Sands, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Poulton le Sands</font>]]
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| [[Preston All Saints|<font color="#0066cc">Preston All Saints</font>]]
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|
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| [[Preston Christ Church, Lancashire|Preston Christ Church]]
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| [[Preston Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Preston Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Preston St George, Lancashire|Preston St George]]
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| [[Preston St James, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Preston St James</font>]]
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| [[Preston St Mary, Lancashire|Preston St Mary]]
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| [[Preston St Paul, Lancashire|Preston St Paul]]
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| [[Preston St Peter, Lancashire|Preston St Peter]]
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| [[Preston St Wilfrid, Lancashire|Preston St Wilfrid]]
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| [[Quernmore, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Quernmore</font>]]
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| [[Radcliffe St Thomas, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Radcliffe St Thomas</font>]]
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| [[Rainford, Lancashire|Rainford]]
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| [[Rainhill, Lancashire|Rainhill]]
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| [[Rampside, Lancashire|Rampside]]
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| [[Ramsbottom, Lancashire|Ramsbottom]]
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| [[Rawtenstall, Lancashire|Rawtenstall]]
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| [[Reddish]]
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| [[Reedley Hallows, Filly Close and New Laund Booth , Lancashire|Reedley Hallows, Filly Close and New Laund Booth]]
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| [[Ribby cum Wrea, Lancashire|Ribby cum Wrea]]
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| [[Ringley, Lancashire|Ringley]]
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| [[Rivington, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Rivington</font>]]
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| [[Royton, Lancashire|Royton]]
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| [[Rusholme]]
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| <u>[[Rusland, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Rusland</font>]]</u>
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| [[Salesbury, Lancashire|Salesbury]]
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| [[Salford Sacred Trinity, Lancashire|Salford Sacred Trinity]]
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| [[Salford Christ Church, Lancashire|Salford Christ Church]]
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| [[Salford St Bartholomew, Lancashire|Salford St Bartholomew]]
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| [[Salford St Matthias, Lancashire|Salford St Matthias]]
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| [[Salford St Philip, Lancashire|Salford St Philip]]
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| [[Salford St Simon, Lancashire|Salford St Simon]]
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| [[Salford St Stephen, Lancashire|Salford St Stephen]]
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| [[Salford St George Charlestown]]
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| [[Salford Stowell Memorial Chapel]]
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| [[Salford St Luke (Weaste)]]
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| [[Salford St Clement]]
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| [[Salford St John the Evangelist]]
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| [[Samlesbury, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Samlesbury</font>]]
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| [[Sandowne-Park|Sandowne-Park]]
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| [[Satterthwaite, Lancashire|Satterthwaite]]
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| [[Scarisbrick, Lancashire|Scarisbrick]]
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| [[Seaforth, Lancashire|Seaforth]]
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| [[Seathwaite, Lancashire|Seathwaite]]
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| [[Shaw, Lancashire|Shaw]]
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| [[Shireshead, Lancashire|Shireshead]]
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| [[Shuttleworth, Lancashire|Shuttleworth]]
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| [[Silverdale, Lancashire|Silverdale]]
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| [[Singleton, Lancashire|Singleton]]
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| [[Skelmersdale, Lancashire|Skelmersdale]]
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| [[Skerton, Lancashire|Skerton]]
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| [[Smallbridge, Lancashire|Smallbridge]]
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| [[South Shore Holy Trinity, Lancashire|South Shore Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Southport Christ Church, Lancashire|Southport Christ Church]]
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| [[Southport Holy Trinty, Lancashire|Southport Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Spotland, Lancashire|Spotland]]
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| [[St Helens, Lancashire|St Helens]]
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| [[Stalmine, Lancashire|Stalmine]]
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| [[Stalybridge New St George, Lancashire|Stalybridge New St George]]
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| [[Stalybridge Old St George, Lancashire|Stalybridge Old St George]]
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| [[Stand, Lancashire|Stand]]
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| [[Staveley, Lancashire|Staveley]]
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| [[Stidd, Lancashire|Stidd]]
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| [[Stockton Heath, Lancashire|Stockton Heath]]
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| [[Stretford St Matthew, Lancashire|Stretford St Matthew]]
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| [[Sutton, Lancashire|Sutton]]
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| [[Swinton St Peter, Lancashire|Swinton St Peter]]
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| [[Tatham Fells, Lancashire|Tatham Fells]]
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| [[Thornton, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Thornton</font>]]
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| [[Thornton in Lonsdale, Lancashire|Thornton in Lonsdale]]
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| [[Tockholes, Lancashire|Tockholes]]
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| [[Todmorden, Lancashire|Todmorden]]
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| [[Tonge, Lancashire|Tonge]]
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| [[Tonge cum Alkrington, Lancashire|Tonge cum Alkrington]]
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| [[Torver, Lancashire|<font color="#0066cc">Torver</font>]]
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| [[Tottington, Lancashire|Tottington]]
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| [[Tottington Higher End, Lancashire|Tottington Higher End]]
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| [[Toxteth Park, Lancashire|Toxteth Park]]
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| [[Toxteth Park St Clement, Lancashire|Toxteth Park St Clement]]
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| [[Toxteth Park St James, Lancashire|Toxteth Park St James]]
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| [[Toxteth Park St John the Baptist, Lancashire|Toxteth Park St John the Baptist]]
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| [[Toxteth Park St Michael, Lancashire|Toxteth Park St Michael]]
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| [[Toxteth Park St Thomas, Lancashire|Toxteth Park St Thomas]]
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| [[Trafford]] (Old)
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| [[Trawden, Lancashire|Trawden]]
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| [[Turton, Lancashire|Turton]]
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| [[Tydesley cum Shakerley, Lancashire|Tydesley cum Shakerley]]
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| [[Ulverston Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Ulverston Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Unsworth, Lancashire|Unsworth]]
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| [[Upholland, Lancashire|Upholland]]
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=== Research Tools  ===
  
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| [[Victoria Park]]
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| [[Walmersley, Lancashire|Walmersley]]
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| [[Walmsley, Lancashire|Walmsley]]
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| [[Walney, Lancashire|Walney]]
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| [[Walsden, Lancashire|Walsden]]
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| [[Walton le Dale, Lancashire|Walton le Dale]]
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| [[Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill, Lancashire|Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill]]
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| [[Walton Breck|Walton Breck]]
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| [[Wardle St James, Lancashire|Wardle St James]] - see also Hundersfield
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| [[Wardleworth St James, Lancashire|Wardleworth St James]]
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| [[Wardleworth St Mary, Lancashire|Wardleworth St Mary]]
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| [[Warrington Christ Church, Lancashire|Warrington Christ Church]]
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| [[Warrington Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Warrington Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Warrington St Paul, Lancashire|Warrington St Paul]]
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| [[Warton (near Kirkham), Lancashire|Warton (near Kirkham)]]
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| [[Waterhead, Lancashire|Waterhead]]
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| [[Wavertree Holy Trinity, Lancashire|Wavertree Holy Trinity]]
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| [[Weeton, Lancashire|Weeton]]&nbsp;[[Werneth, Lancashire|Werneth]]
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| [[Broughton in Furness, Lancashire|West Broughton]]
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| [[West Derby St Mary, Lancashire|West Derby St Mary]]
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| [[West Houghton, Lancashire|West Houghton]]
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| [[Westleigh St Paul, Lancashire|Westleigh St Paul]]
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| [[Whalley Range]]
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| [[Whitechapel, Lancashire|Whitechapel]]
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| [[Whitewell, Lancashire|Whitewell]]
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| [[Whittle le Woods, Lancashire|Whittle le Woods]]
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| [[Whitworth, Lancashire|Whitworth]]
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| [[Wigan St Catherine, Lancashire|Wigan St Catherine]]
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| [[Wigan St George, Lancashire|Wigan St George]]
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| [[Withington, Lancashire|Withington]]
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| [[Withnell, Lancashire|Withnell]]
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| [[Woodland, Lancashire|Woodland]]
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| [[Witton, Lancashire|Witton]]
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| [[Woodplumpton, Lancashire|Woodplumpton]]
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| [[Worsley, Lancashire|Worsley]]
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| [[Worsthorne, Lancashire|Worsthorne]]
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| [[Wray, Lancashire|Wray]]
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| [[Wyresdale, Lancashire|Wyresdale]]
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| [[Yate and Pickup Bank, Lancashire|Yate and Pickup Bank]]
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Lancashire is one of the most complex of all England's counties. The following interactive&nbsp;map&nbsp;enables researchers to make sense of this county's jurisdictional makeup:&nbsp; [http://maps.familysearch.org 1851 Jurisdictions Map].&nbsp;If&nbsp;you want to know those parishes (or chapelries) immediately surrounding and contiguous to&nbsp;your&nbsp;target parish&nbsp;or chapel in which an ancestor possibly&nbsp;lived,&nbsp;was born or married,&nbsp;or to know in which diocesan court in order to search for a probate (will) record, or a marriage licence, allegation or bond,&nbsp;etc.,&nbsp;'''''use this&nbsp;map&nbsp;to find each parish, or all (or most) of&nbsp;its&nbsp;chapelries, and jurisdictions.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''''
  
Note:&nbsp; While the above list of Chapelries is meant to be&nbsp;thorough; however it is not as complete as the lists found on each Parish's&nbsp;main&nbsp;page. Currently, each Lancashire parish page (under "Church Records") is being built in order to accurately list&nbsp;<u>all</u> chapels which have been assigned and are attached to it.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Also all the key jurisdiction levels to which each ancient (civil) parish and most chapelries (but not yet all) are attached, and of which are viewable may be located in the above Jurisdiction Map tool.
  
<br>Because these smaller chapels of ease and district chapels makeup the&nbsp;vast&nbsp;portion of Lancashire's geographical&nbsp;tapestry, thorough Lancashire&nbsp;research especially&nbsp;requires careful comprehensive, diligent&nbsp;study to determine&nbsp;''<u>all</u>''&nbsp;&nbsp;chapels of ease, chapelries, district churches, and parochial chapels lying within&nbsp;the boundary of each ancient parish.
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==== &nbsp;Wiki "Lancashire Parishes" Pages  ====
  
Lancashire contains also "parts of 4 other [border] parishes, and at least 9 extra-parochial places.&nbsp;Prior to 1870, and for historical purposes, it may be helpful to know that the county was&nbsp;divided into the city of Manchester, and the boroughs of Ashton-under-Lyne, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Clitheroe, Lancaster, Liverpool, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, and Wigan, and included&nbsp;parts of the Cheshire boroughs of Stalybridge, Stockport, and Warrington...
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Because the&nbsp;above Maps might&nbsp;not list all chapelries or mention your place (i.e. a chapelry for especially&nbsp;post-1851 Lancashire), we have also created the following pages (with "Lists") as yet another tier/recourse to help you&nbsp;organize&nbsp;your approach[es] to researching in Lancashire''':'''
  
Lancashire's assizes (higher courts) were&nbsp;held at&nbsp;Lancaster,&nbsp;Liverpool and Manchester. The quarter sessions (smaller courts) were held at Lancaster, Preston, Liverpool, and Manchester.  
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On the "Lancashire" main page,&nbsp;click&nbsp;"The Parishes (A-Z)" or, click "Parishes" on the left margin&nbsp;and click the name of the parish (see those with a double '''**''')&nbsp;in which your ancestor resided. Then&nbsp;click the "Comprehensive List of Chapels and Churches" which&nbsp;more thoroughly lists&nbsp;all chapels&nbsp;attached to&nbsp;each parish. Print it out as a check-off List for your research. (If your 'parish' is not listed in the "Parishes" page, then consider the stronger likelihood that it actually ''wasn't''&nbsp; a "Parish" per se, but rather, was a large chapel of ease or chapelry standing within the boundary of an ancient parish. [Note: Some of Lancashire's 400-plus chapels became a "parish" by act of Parliament, later on.]
  
Here is an excellent 1870, historical view of the county in&nbsp;[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/entry_page.jsp?text_id=2121490 Wilson's''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales''].&nbsp;<ref>Wilson, John Marius, [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/entry_page.jsp?text_id=2121490 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales] (1870). Adapted. Date accessed: 30 Apr 2012</ref>
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==== Lancashire "Search" Strategy&nbsp;<br> ====
  
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In Lancashire research--
  
== Featured Content  ==
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#Identifying all chapel registers within each ancient parish--is a "must" before searching in the next contiguous ancient parishes! Why? Because most parishes have multiple chapelries attached to them. The mistake oft repeated is the failure to accurately identify all chapels within the parish and instead moving on to the next parish anyway before having researched in every one of the chapelries' registers! This is the major reason for decades-old unsolved research problems. To exasperate the problem, there is no single treatise, reference aid or published resource tool anywhere--that accurately identifies ALL chapelries found within each ancient parish. These (Lancashire) Wiki pages offer researchers--for the first time a singular tool and reference aid to help you identify and create the most accurate list of chapelries within each ancient parish compiled from several reference tools and aids. Still, additional chapelries occasionally come to light which need to be added to each parish's lists found herein!
 
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#Never advance research in the next ancient parish church's registers unless or until you've searched all the chapels of ease's (chapelries') registers, of those chapelries lying within the target ancient parish's boundary! For example, the ancient parish of St Chad's Rochdale has about 20 chapels and district churches attached to and subdividing its parish boundary; thus all 20 of them need to be searched before continuing the research in the next ancient parish, such as the parish of Radcliff (St Mary)!
=== Research Tools  ===
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#Many of Lancashire's chapelries sent couples off to the mother (ancient) parish for marrying. This is because nearly&nbsp;95 percent of all chapelries were never granted permission to marry.&nbsp;Burials are often found in the ancient parish yard (to which it was attached) or else in another nearby chapel with a burial yard. Many chapelries simply did not possess or maintain a church burial ground'.
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#Marriages in the City of Manchester occurred mostly at Manchester Cathedral--England's largest ancient parish which possessed over 150 chapelries, district churches and ecclesiastical parishes subdividing its border. The Cathedral retained 'licence' to marry most couples within it own border with but very few exceptions especially during the Lord Hardwick era between 1754 and 1837. Note the following few churches within the borders of Manchester ancient parish (the Cathedral of St Mary, St George &amp; St Denys) which, like the Cathedral Church, held rights and privileges to marry couples in their respective chapelries:
  
==== Jurisdictions  ====
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*Manchester St John's Deansgate - from 1804
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*Manchester St Mary's Chapelry - from 1806
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*Ardwick St Thomas - 1740 <br>By about 1840 numerous chapelries were granted permission to marry couples in their own chapel.
  
Lancashire is one of the most complex of all England's counties. The following interactive&nbsp;map&nbsp;enables researchers to make sense of this county's jurisdictional makeup:&nbsp; [http://maps.familysearch.org 1851 Jurisdictions Map].&nbsp;If&nbsp;you want to know those parishes (or chapelries) immediately surrounding and contiguous to&nbsp;your&nbsp;target parish&nbsp;in which an ancestor possibly&nbsp;lived,&nbsp;was born or married,&nbsp;or to know in which diocesan court in order to search for a probate (will) record, or a marriage licence, allegation or bond,&nbsp;etc.,&nbsp;'''''use this&nbsp;map&nbsp;to find each parish and all of its&nbsp;chapelries.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''''
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''IF the above Maps do&nbsp;not list or mention your place, then see the "Parishes" section under "Lancashire" and click the name of the parish (see double '''**''')&nbsp;in which your ancestor resided. Then&nbsp;click the "Comprehensive List of Chapels and Churches" which&nbsp;more thoroughly list&nbsp;all chapels&nbsp;attached to&nbsp;each parish.''
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See Maps above-mentioned, or the links to the "Comprehensive List of Chapels"--found on the main page to each ancient parish--to help you create an accurate list of chapelries to search.&nbsp;  
  
'''''In Lancashire research,''' ''''''<i>kno</i>'''''<i>'''wing and then searching&nbsp;all chapel registers within an ancient&nbsp;parish--is a&nbsp;"must" before searching in the next contiguous ancient parish!'''</i>'''&nbsp;'''''<i>'''Why? Because most parishes have multiple chapelries attached to it and the chapelries often sent couples off to&nbsp;the mother&nbsp;(ancient) parish for marrying and&nbsp;for their dead to&nbsp;be buried,&nbsp;as 80 percent of all chapelries were not granted permission to marry, and some of them&nbsp;possessed no&nbsp;burial yard&nbsp;(some&nbsp;did not&nbsp;maintain&nbsp;church burial grounds)'''</i>'''''.&nbsp;Do '''<u>'''not&nbsp; search'''</u>''<u>'''''the next parish church's registers'''''</u>'''''unless&nbsp;or until you've&nbsp;searched&nbsp;<u>all</u> chapels of ease registers, of those lying&nbsp;within&nbsp;the target parish's boundary!'''''<i>&nbsp;</i>
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Two&nbsp;great (free) resources&nbsp;for also finding chapelries in each ancient parish (1848 and 1870, respectively) are Lewis' ''[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=445 <font color="#800080">Topographical Dictionary of England</font>]'', published in 1848 or,&nbsp; Wilson's ''[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp <font color="#800080">Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales</font>]'',&nbsp;(in 1870),&nbsp;Both of these publications help you determine whether a Lancashire&nbsp;place was--
  
Two&nbsp;great resources&nbsp;(free)&nbsp;to help you determine whether a Lancashire&nbsp;place was an ancient parish or a chapelry (a chapel of ease) and the name of the parish in which it resided,&nbsp;are 1)&nbsp;Lewis' ''[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=445 Topographical Dictionary of England]''&nbsp;(published 1848) and 2) Wilson's ''[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales]''.
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*the ancient parish  
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*a chapelry (a chapel of ease)&nbsp;  
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*district church
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*an ecclesiastical parish
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*parochial chapelry (holding jurisdiction over one or more other chapelries within an ancient parish)  
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*a parish and then&nbsp;identifies by&nbsp;name--all chapelries within its borders
  
Also all the key jurisdiction levels in which&nbsp;each ancient (civil) parish and&nbsp;most chapelries (but not yet all)&nbsp;are attached&nbsp;and viewable in the above Jurisdiction Map tool.
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===== Civil Registration District Jurisdictions&nbsp; =====
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'''Civil Registration District Jurisdictions&nbsp;'''
  
When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Lancashire was divided into nearly&nbsp; 40 registration districts, each containing numerous&nbsp;parishes and their attached chapelries.&nbsp;To [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/lan.htm view and see a list of Lancashire districts] and the parishes they contain, will&nbsp;help you&nbsp;quickly identify the correct registration district name when searching for ancestors&nbsp;in the civil registrations of births, marriages&nbsp;and deaths&nbsp;(in the post-1837 era).  
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When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Lancashire was divided into nearly&nbsp; 40 registration districts, each containing numerous&nbsp;parishes and their attached chapelries.&nbsp;[http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/lan.htm View and see a list of Lancashire districts] and the parishes they contain, which will&nbsp;help you&nbsp;quickly identify the correct registration district name when searching the indexes to&nbsp;the civil registrations of births, marriages&nbsp;and deaths&nbsp;(post-1837 to the present).  
  
 
===== Ancient Parishes Jurisdictions  =====
 
===== Ancient Parishes Jurisdictions  =====
  
See a list&nbsp;of [[Lancashire Parishes|<font color="#0066cc">Lancashire</font>]]'s 75 parishes (see&nbsp;double asterisks) with links to articles and its 500-plus chapelries.&nbsp;  
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See a list&nbsp;of [[Lancashire Parishes|<font color="#0066cc">Lancashire's</font>]] 75 parishes (see&nbsp;double asterisks) with links to articles and its 400-plus chapelries.&nbsp;  
  
 
===== Probate Court Jurisdictions  =====
 
===== Probate Court Jurisdictions  =====
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Before 1858, every town and parish in&nbsp;Lancashire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and one or more secondary courts. &nbsp;To see a list of&nbsp;Lancashire parishes and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, go to&nbsp;[[Lancashire Probate Records|<font color="#0066cc">Lancashire Probate Records</font>]].  
 
Before 1858, every town and parish in&nbsp;Lancashire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and one or more secondary courts. &nbsp;To see a list of&nbsp;Lancashire parishes and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, go to&nbsp;[[Lancashire Probate Records|<font color="#0066cc">Lancashire Probate Records</font>]].  
  
You will find for any given place name, all of the jurisdiction levels and more, in the above map.  
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You will find for any given place name, all of the jurisdiction levels and more, in the above map.
  
 
=== Useful Resources  ===
 
=== Useful Resources  ===
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Raymond, Stuart A. ''Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography'', vol. 3. ''Lancashire family histories and pedigrees. ''Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.  
 
Raymond, Stuart A. ''Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography'', vol. 3. ''Lancashire family histories and pedigrees. ''Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.  
  
=== Useful Websites  ===
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=== &nbsp;Useful Websites  ===
  
 
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/ <font color="#0066cc">Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks</font>]&nbsp;&nbsp;Links to extracted data from many of the parishes in Lancashire.  
 
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/ <font color="#0066cc">Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks</font>]&nbsp;&nbsp;Links to extracted data from many of the parishes in Lancashire.  
 
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/ <font color="#0066cc">GENUKI UK &amp; Ireland Genealogy</font>]  
 
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/ <font color="#0066cc">GENUKI UK &amp; Ireland Genealogy</font>]  
 
*[http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/ <font color="#800080">Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths</font>]  
 
*[http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/ <font color="#800080">Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths</font>]  
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2478 Lancashire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812] (£). 931,033 entries.<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2478 Lancashire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812] (£). 931,033 entries.  
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2575 Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911] (£). 850,138 entries.<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2575 Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911] (£). 850,138 entries.  
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2577 Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986] (£). 441,009 entries.<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2577 Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986] (£). 441,009 entries.  
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2576 Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936] (£). 645,187 entries.<br>
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2576 Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936] (£). 645,187 entries.  
*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2578 Lancashire, England, Confirmations, 1856-1922] (£). 3,807 entries.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2578 Lancashire, England, Confirmations, 1856-1922] (£). 3,807 entries.
 
*[http://www.liverpoolhistoryprojects.co.uk/liverpoolrcburials/ Liverpool burials online]  
 
*[http://www.liverpoolhistoryprojects.co.uk/liverpoolrcburials/ Liverpool burials online]  
 
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Liverpool/index.html Liverpool church register transcripts at Lanc OPC]  
 
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Liverpool/index.html Liverpool church register transcripts at Lanc OPC]  
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/lancashireenglandgenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Lancashire]
 
*[http://www.burialrecords.manchester.gov.uk/ Manchester burials online]  
 
*[http://www.burialrecords.manchester.gov.uk/ Manchester burials online]  
 
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Manchester/index.html Manchester church register transcripts online at Lanc-OPC]  
 
*[http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Manchester/index.html Manchester church register transcripts online at Lanc-OPC]  
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Be sure to visit both "The Parishes A-Z" and "The Chapelries A-Z" links (to the right) and click to find your parish or chapel to 1) determine if it was indeed an ancient parish, or, if a chapel of ease and to which ancient parish it was attached and, 2) find links to rich online (free) data content for each.

Lancashire originally had only 75 parishes, and unlike most other England counties, was comprised by far of mostly (over 400) chapelries. These chapelries (or chapels of ease) subdivided each parish to which they were attached. Key Strategy: Always be certain to search for the events of your ancestor[s] in ALL chapelries of a parish and their registers as well in the registers of its ancient parish.

  
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Lancashire, is a maritime county located in the North West of England. It is sometimes called the County of Lancaster.

By 1850 Lancashire was comprised of only 75 ancient parishes, each with mostly large boundaries. However, with over 400 smaller chapels  in Lancashire (called chapelries, chapels of ease, district chapels or ecclesiastical churches), most parishes on average had 8 chapels which sub-divided them.  

Each chapel of ease possesses 'parish' registers of baptisms, and (where extant) marriages and burials of their own, and many of them, from ancient times.

You can click The Parishes A-Z link or, The Chapelries A-Z below it, to find your Lancashire church. On most parish pages you can find (click) a link to view a "Comprehensive List" of Chapels attached to each ancient parish.

You can also check John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales or, Samuel A. Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England to determine whether your 'parish' was in fact a "parish" or, if it was instead a chapel of ease (chapelry) within a large parish boundary, etc.[1]

Contents

Lancashire's Ancient Parishes And Their Chapels: 

   The Parishes(A-Z)

   The Chapelries(A-Z)


Lancashire's numerous smaller chapels of ease and district chapels comprises a vast portion of its geographical tapestry and each one possessed registers of baptisms, and sometimes marriages and burials. Because of this unique attribute, thoroughness in Lancashire research especially requires comprehensive, diligent study to determine all chapels of ease, chapelries, district churches, and parochial chapels lying within the boundary of each ancient parish.

Lancashire contains also "parts of 4 other [border] parishes, and at least 9 extra-parochial places. Prior to 1870, the county was divided into the city of Manchester, and the boroughs of Ashton-under-Lyne, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Clitheroe, Lancaster, Liverpool, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, and Wigan, and included parts of the Cheshire boroughs of Stalybridge, Stockport, and Warrington...

Lancashire's assizes (higher courts) were held at Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. The quarter sessions (smaller courts) were held at Lancaster, Preston, Liverpool, and Manchester.

Featured Content

Research Tools

Jurisdictions Project

Lancashire is one of the most complex of all England's counties. The following interactive map enables researchers to make sense of this county's jurisdictional makeup:  1851 Jurisdictions Map. If you want to know those parishes (or chapelries) immediately surrounding and contiguous to your target parish or chapel in which an ancestor possibly lived, was born or married, or to know in which diocesan court in order to search for a probate (will) record, or a marriage licence, allegation or bond, etc., use this map to find each parish, or all (or most) of its chapelries, and jurisdictions.  

Also all the key jurisdiction levels to which each ancient (civil) parish and most chapelries (but not yet all) are attached, and of which are viewable may be located in the above Jurisdiction Map tool.

 Wiki "Lancashire Parishes" Pages

Because the above Maps might not list all chapelries or mention your place (i.e. a chapelry for especially post-1851 Lancashire), we have also created the following pages (with "Lists") as yet another tier/recourse to help you organize your approach[es] to researching in Lancashire:

On the "Lancashire" main page, click "The Parishes (A-Z)" or, click "Parishes" on the left margin and click the name of the parish (see those with a double **) in which your ancestor resided. Then click the "Comprehensive List of Chapels and Churches" which more thoroughly lists all chapels attached to each parish. Print it out as a check-off List for your research. (If your 'parish' is not listed in the "Parishes" page, then consider the stronger likelihood that it actually wasn't  a "Parish" per se, but rather, was a large chapel of ease or chapelry standing within the boundary of an ancient parish. [Note: Some of Lancashire's 400-plus chapels became a "parish" by act of Parliament, later on.]

Lancashire "Search" Strategy 

In Lancashire research--

  1. Identifying all chapel registers within each ancient parish--is a "must" before searching in the next contiguous ancient parishes! Why? Because most parishes have multiple chapelries attached to them. The mistake oft repeated is the failure to accurately identify all chapels within the parish and instead moving on to the next parish anyway before having researched in every one of the chapelries' registers! This is the major reason for decades-old unsolved research problems. To exasperate the problem, there is no single treatise, reference aid or published resource tool anywhere--that accurately identifies ALL chapelries found within each ancient parish. These (Lancashire) Wiki pages offer researchers--for the first time a singular tool and reference aid to help you identify and create the most accurate list of chapelries within each ancient parish compiled from several reference tools and aids. Still, additional chapelries occasionally come to light which need to be added to each parish's lists found herein!
  2. Never advance research in the next ancient parish church's registers unless or until you've searched all the chapels of ease's (chapelries') registers, of those chapelries lying within the target ancient parish's boundary! For example, the ancient parish of St Chad's Rochdale has about 20 chapels and district churches attached to and subdividing its parish boundary; thus all 20 of them need to be searched before continuing the research in the next ancient parish, such as the parish of Radcliff (St Mary)!
  3. Many of Lancashire's chapelries sent couples off to the mother (ancient) parish for marrying. This is because nearly 95 percent of all chapelries were never granted permission to marry. Burials are often found in the ancient parish yard (to which it was attached) or else in another nearby chapel with a burial yard. Many chapelries simply did not possess or maintain a church burial ground'.
  4. Marriages in the City of Manchester occurred mostly at Manchester Cathedral--England's largest ancient parish which possessed over 150 chapelries, district churches and ecclesiastical parishes subdividing its border. The Cathedral retained 'licence' to marry most couples within it own border with but very few exceptions especially during the Lord Hardwick era between 1754 and 1837. Note the following few churches within the borders of Manchester ancient parish (the Cathedral of St Mary, St George & St Denys) which, like the Cathedral Church, held rights and privileges to marry couples in their respective chapelries:
  • Manchester St John's Deansgate - from 1804
  • Manchester St Mary's Chapelry - from 1806
  • Ardwick St Thomas - 1740
    By about 1840 numerous chapelries were granted permission to marry couples in their own chapel.


See Maps above-mentioned, or the links to the "Comprehensive List of Chapels"--found on the main page to each ancient parish--to help you create an accurate list of chapelries to search. 

Two great (free) resources for also finding chapelries in each ancient parish (1848 and 1870, respectively) are Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England, published in 1848 or,  Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, (in 1870), Both of these publications help you determine whether a Lancashire place was--

  • the ancient parish
  • a chapelry (a chapel of ease) 
  • district church
  • an ecclesiastical parish
  • parochial chapelry (holding jurisdiction over one or more other chapelries within an ancient parish)
  • a parish and then identifies by name--all chapelries within its borders


Civil Registration District Jurisdictions 

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Lancashire was divided into nearly  40 registration districts, each containing numerous parishes and their attached chapelries. View and see a list of Lancashire districts and the parishes they contain, which will help you quickly identify the correct registration district name when searching the indexes to the civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths (post-1837 to the present).

Ancient Parishes Jurisdictions

See a list of Lancashire's 75 parishes (see double asterisks) with links to articles and its 400-plus chapelries. 

Probate Court Jurisdictions

Read more about Lancashire Probate Records.

Before 1858, every town and parish in Lancashire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and one or more secondary courts.  To see a list of Lancashire parishes and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, go to Lancashire Probate Records.

You will find for any given place name, all of the jurisdiction levels and more, in the above map.

Useful Resources

Raymond, Stuart A. Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography, vol. 1, Lancashire genealogical sources. Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.

Raymond, Stuart A. Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography, vol. 2. Registers, inscriptions and wills. Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.

Raymond, Stuart A. Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography, vol. 3. Lancashire family histories and pedigrees. Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.

 Useful Websites

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)


  1. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870). Adapted. Date accessed: 30 Apr 2012