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Parish History

MIDDLETON St. Leonard, a market-town and a parish, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire; containing, with the chapelries of Ainsworth and Ashworth, and the townships of Birtle cum Bamford, Hopwood, Great Lever, Pilsworth, and Thornham, is 6 miles north by northeast from Manchester.

At Ainsworth, Ashworth, Birch, and Birtle Thornham, are separate incumbencies [chapels of ease with parish registers--all of which lay within the boundary of St Leonard  Middleton Parish]. There are places of worship for Independents, Primitive Methodists, Wesleyans, the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, and Swedenborgians.[1]

Resources

Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two outstanding Internet sites with indexes to vital births, marriages and deaths for Lancashire and England in general:

  1. FreeBMD - from 1837 to 1940; later (part.) with free B M Ds for the county and country
  2. Lancashire BMD - Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths; and provides the parish or place of marriages 

 

Church records

Online Records

Middleton St Leonard's parish registers and those registers of many of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries have been transcribed and are displayed online at the web sites listed below and for the following ranges of years:

FS = FamilySearch.org
LOPC Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk
LBMDLancashireBMD.org.uk
AC = Ancestry.co.uk
FREG = FreeReg
MIDDLETON ST LEONARD PARISH (1541) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1541-1752

1541-1752; 1813-1818;  1828-1830

1609-1678; 1805-1819; 1827-1832; 1838-1847; 1865-1874

LOPC  1695-1874  1541-1836  1541-1874
LBMD  None  1837-1974 None 
FMP None 1541-1752 None
AC 1541-1752 1541-1752 1541-1752
FREG 1541-1630, 1653-1729 1541-1644, 1658-1729 1641-1729
MIDDLETON HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1862) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LBMD None 1862-1965 - part. 1863-1970
AINSWORTH CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1727) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1727-1912 1731-1754; 1808-1837; 1843-1948 1727-1948
LOPC None None  None
LBMD None 1837-1900 None
ASHWORTH ST JAMES Chapelry (1813) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1813-1869 1813-1845  1836-1869
LOPC None None None
LBMD None None None
BIRCH IN HOPWOOD ST MARY Chapelry (1829) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1829-1839 None 1829-1839
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1839-1974 None 
BIRTLE ST JOHN THE BAPTIST Chapelry (1846) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS  1846-1910 1857-1935 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1854-1925 None 
BOWLEE ST THOMAS Chapelry (1877) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LBMD None None None
GREAT LEVER ST BARTHOLOMEW Chapelry (1879) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1879-1934 1880-1927
GREAT LEVER ST MICHAEL WITH ST BARTHOLOMEW Chapelry (1851) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1851-1910
1851-1935 None
LOPC 1851-1906 1851-1924 1851-1928
LBMD None None None 
HOPWOOD Chapelry - see Birch St Mary Chapelry
RHODES ALL SAINTS Chapelry (1864) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None  None
LBMD None 1864-1974 None
THORNHAM ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST Chapelry (1841) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1911-1974 None 

Middleton parish registers may be found at the Manchester Archives and Local Studies, Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD.

Bishop's transcripts for Middleton, 1609-1874 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Lancashire Record Office: ref. DRM/2/221-230

Here's some of the microfilm copies of Middleton St Leonard's Parish available at The Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, U.S.A.. These can be circulated to any one of its satellite FamilySearch Centers worldwide 

Content
Film
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1609-1641, 1662- 1690, 1721-1729
FHL BRITISH Film
1545656 Item 6
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1730-1805
FHL BRITISH Film
1545698
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1805-1819
FHL BRITISH Film
1545699
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1820-1826
FHL BRITISH Film
1545700
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1827-1832
FHL BRITISH Film
1545701
Baptisms and burials, 1833-1839; marriages, 1833- 1837
FHL BRITISH Film
1545702
Baptisms, burials, 1840-1847, baptisms, 1865-1868, burials, 1865-1868, baptisms, 1869-1870, burials, 1869-1870, baptisms, burials, 1871, 1873.
FHL BRITISH Film
1545703
Baptisms and burials, 1873-1874
FHL BRITISH Film
1545704 Item 1


Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 306910.


Poor Law Unions

Oldham 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

Here are some major websites affecting Lanacashire online family history research:

Civil Registration:

  1. FreeBMD - from 1837 to 1940; later (part.) with free B M Ds for the county and country
  2. Lancashire BMD - Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths; and provides the parish or place of marriages 

Church Records:


http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53020 British History Online Middleton

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53020 Pilsworth

References

  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis  (1848), pp. 306-310. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51148 Adapted. Date accessed: 09 June 2010.



 

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