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Chapel History

Oldham St Mary is an ancient parochial chapel and a market town in the county of Lancashire, created as early as 1427 [chapel registers commence from 1558] from, and lying within the boundaries of Prestwich St Mary, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Other towns and places in the parish include: Oldham below Town, Westwood, Mumps, Greenacres, Oldham above Town, Clarkesfield, Chadderton, and Moor.

Here is a brief 1848 historical perspective by the topographer, Samuel A. Lewis, for this place [adapted]:

"OLDHAM, an enfranchised borough, a parochial chapelry with several attached chapelries, and the head of a union, in the parish of Prestwich, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 7 miles northeast by east of Manchester. The ancient chapel was dedicated to St. Mary.[1] While Oldham St Mary was a mere chapelry, however it was a parochial chapelry and as such it held some ecclesiastical jurisdiction over several additional chapelries. These churches included:

There were additional, more modern built chapels within Oldham as well. See John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales,  to determine their names.[2]

There were places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Kilhamites, Moravians, Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists, Unitarians, and Roman Catholics.

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. 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

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Oldham St Mary chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Prestwich to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and 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


OLDHAM ST MARY Chapelry  (1558) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1558-1896 1558-1816
LOPC 1766-1850, 1866-1872 1744-1843 1726-1748
LBMD 1961-1974 1837-1974
FMP 1598-1818 1558-1932
PRESTWICH ST MARY(ancient parish containing OLDHAM ST MARY Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1603-1910 1600-1935 1712-1921
LOPC 1603-1936 1603-1895 1603-1921
LBMD 1837-1902 1837-1925 1837-1877
FMP None 1603-1712 None
AC 1603-1711 1603-1711 1603-1711


For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Oldham St Mary and comprising the whole ancient parish of Prestwich to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the PRESTWICH ST MARY PARISH page.


Parish registers for St Mary's Church (Oldham, Lancashire), 1558-1968 Microreproduction of original records housed at the Central Library, Oldham.
St. Mary's is the parish church of Oldham.
Includes some records for the chapelries of Shaw and Royton.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L 73/2/10-22, L 73/3/1, L 73/4/1-2; L 185/DRO2-6, 14.

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Film
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1660-1725 (registers in very poor condition)
FHL BRITISH Film
1656073
Marriages, 1744-1809
FHL BRITISH Film
1656117
Marriages, 1809-1828
FHL BRITISH Film
1656118
Marriages, 1828-1837
FHL BRITISH Film
1656119
Marriages, 1837-1843
FHL BRITISH Film
1656120
Marriages, 1843-1848
FHL BRITISH Film
1656121
Marriages, 1848-1854
FHL BRITISH Film
1656156
Marriages, 1854-1861
FHL BRITISH Film
1656157
Marriages, 1861-1873
FHL BRITISH Film
1656158
Marriages, 1873-1882. Item 4 is a duplicate of item 3, both ending with February, 1882 marriages.
FHL BRITISH Film
1656159 Items 1 - 4
Marriages, 1884-1903
FHL BRITISH Film
1656160
Baptisms, 1726-1812; Baptisms for Shaw, 1747-1767; Baptisms for Royton, 1757-1758.
FHL BRITISH Film
1656161
Baptisms, 1813-1838
FHL BRITISH Film
1656162
Baptisms, 1822-1838, including some from St. James' Church, 1834-1836 (another filming). Marriages, 1816-1831 (another filming).
FHL BRITISH Film
2148002
Baptisms, 1838-1866
FHL BRITISH Film
1656163
Baptisms, 1866-1881
FHL BRITISH Film
1656223
Baptisms, 1881-1894
FHL BRITISH Film
1656224
Baptisms, 1894-1902; Burials, 1726-1812; Burials for Shaw, 1748-1770; Burials for Royton, 1758; Burials for St. Peter's, 1768-1770.
FHL BRITISH Film
1656225
Burials, 1813-1833
FHL BRITISH Film
1656226
Burials, 1833-1848
FHL BRITISH Film
1656227
Burials, 1848-1932 (very few burials after 1855); Baptisms and burials, 1558-1611; Marriages, 1598-1611, 1633-1634; Baptisms, 1624-1631; Burials, 1623-1631; Marriages, 1627-1631 (these last 3 in very poor condition); Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1633-1660; Baptisms for Shaw chapelry, 1653-1660.
FHL BRITISH Film
1656228
Marriages, 1903-1920
FHL BRITISH Film
1656521 Items 4-5
Marriages, 1920-1930
FHL BRITISH Film
1656522 Item 1
Banns of marriages, 1827-1874.
FHL BRITISH Film
2358253
Banns of marriages, 1787-1818 (includes marriage licenses, 1789-1802), 1874-1921.
FHL BRITISH Film
2358254


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 306930.



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

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53007 British History Online Oldham

References

  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 472-476. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51192 Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010. <br>
  2. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Published Edinburgh 1870. See at: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp

 

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