Liverpool St John, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

St John Liverpool (Old Haymarket) was built as a chapel of ease within the civil parish boundaries of St Nicholas Liverpool. It was erected in 1784.[1]

St John's Gardens is a memorial park in Liverpool, England, located behind St George's Hall. It takes its name from St John's Church which stood on the site from 1783 until 1887. The terraced gardens, laid out by Thomas Shelmerdine, the City Surveyor, opened in 1904. It is part of the William Brown Street conservation area.

The churchyard is a most significant place in the city's history. In the year it was completed, St John’s served one of the most crowded and poorest areas of the city. Mid-1780’s Burial records indicate the degree of abject poverty to be found locally. Nearly one-in-two of the deaths that occurred were of children whilst in only one–in-four cases were people able to fund their own, or a relative’s, funeral. One quarter of  burials were of paupers, two thirds of them from the Poorhouse.

St John's churchyard was closed for burials on 11th June 1865, 82,491 bodies having been interred in the grounds. St John's Church was closed under the terms of the Liverpool City Churches Act 1897 The last Sunday service took place in St John's on 27th March 1898.

The records of this church indicate Liverpool's Black History as many entries refer either to mariners or slaves with references to Africa West indies and Guyana.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Transcripts for this parish are available.

Church records

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

Deposited registers Liverpool Record Office Ref No 283 JOH
Early Registers 1767 - 1812
Baptism Registers 1813 - 1898
Marriage Registers 1785 - 1898
Burial Registers 1813 - 1865
Banns Registers 1858 - 1866
Grave Register 19th century

Bishop's transcripts for St. John's Church, Liverpool Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Lancashire Record Office: DRL 2/131-159

Burials, 1773-1780. FHL BRITISH Film 1068946 Item 5
Burials, 1781-1806, baptisms, 1783-1806; marriages, 1785-1806. FHL BRITISH Film 1068947
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1808-1819. FHL BRITISH Film 1068948
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1820-1829. FHL BRITISH Film 1068949
Baptisms and burials, 1830-1852, marriages, 1830-1841. FHL BRITISH Film 1068950

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Liverpool, Lancashire Poor Law Union

Probate records

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

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Web sites

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