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Chapel History

Preston St Paul, St Paul's Square was created a district chapel by 1823 from Preston St John, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

The first stone of St. Paul's Church was laid on Tuesday, 21st October, 1823. It was one of two churches ( the other Preston St Peter, Lancashire) funded by money secured from parliament by the Bishop of Chester. Originally intended to build St Peter, petitioned by the Vicar of preston who saw the need for two parishes.  The land forming the site of St. Paul's was given by Samuel Pole Shawe, Esq. The full cost of the building was about 6,500 pounds.

The church closed in the 1990's.

St. Paul's is a handsome structure, in the later English style, with four turrets; it was erected in 1825, and lay within the civil parish boundaries of St John Preston.[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. 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 http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/


Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Preston St Paul chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Preston St John 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


PRESTON ST PAUL Chapelry  (1864) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD
1864-1974
PRESTON ST JOHN PARISH (1609) Indexes (ancient parish containing PRESTON ST PAUL Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1611-1635, 1732, 1767-1792, 1795-1900 1611-1631, 1654-1704, 1729-1906 1731-1732, 1763-1792, 1795-1946
LOPC 1753-1770, 1776-1825, 1828-1861, 1863-1932 1611-1635, 1726-1839, 1841-1847, 1868-1902 1753-1770, 1775-1792, 1795-1827, 1858-1861, 1864-1872
LBMD
1837-1990 1878-1903
FMP None 1609-1837 None
AC 1611-1635 1611-1635 1611-1635


For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Preston St Paul and comprising the whole ancient parish of Preston St John to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the PRESTON ST JOHN PARISH page.


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 306887.


Poor Law Unions

Preston Poor Law Union, Lancashire

Probate records

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

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

References

  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 609-616. Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010.

 

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