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Parish History

PRESTWICH (St. Mary), a parish, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire; comprising the parochial chapelry of Oldham (in which are the townships of Oldham, Chadderton, Crompton, and Royton), and the townships of Alkrington, Great and Little Heaton, Pilkington, and Tonge; the whole containing 78,548 inhabitants, of whom 3180 are in the township of Prestwich, 4 miles (N. W. by W.) from Manchester, on the road to Bury. The founder of the knightly family of Prestwich, Adam de Prestwych, held lands here in the reign of Henry III.; and the family appear to have been proprietors until they removed to Hulme, on acquiring that manor, previous to the 12th of Henry VI. About the same time, the estate of Prestwich came by marriage to the Langleys. Sir Robert Langley died seised of the manor of Prestwich in 1561: his eldest daughter married Alexander Reddish, of Reddish, a coheiress of whom brought the manor to a son of Sir Edward Coke, the celebrated lawyer; and it continued with the Cokes of Norfolk, until Mr. Coke, afterwards Earl of Leicester, wishing to increase his landed property in Norfolk, sold his estates in Lancashire, and with them this manor, to the father of Thomas Drinkwater, Esq., of Irwell House. The parish is about fifteen miles in length, and four in breadth; much of the land is in pasture, and laid out for dairy-farming, the produce affording to the inhabitants of Manchester a large portion of their daily supplies. Within the last century, the number of families in the parish, even exclusively of Oldham, has immensely increased; and manufactures, spreading in this direction from Manchester, have made considerable progress, though less generally than in the chapelry of Oldham. A large portion of the population is employed in the weaving of cotton and silk, in spinning, calicoprinting, &c. In Prestwich township, the inhabitants are principally engaged in hand-loom weaving and in the dye-houses of the vicinity, and to some extent in agricultural pursuits. Its elevated position, the salubrity of the air, and its contiguity to Manchester, have led to the erection of numerous handsome mansions and villas, occupied by the bankers and merchants of that town. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £46. 4. 9.; net income, £1230; patron, the Earl of Wilton. The tithes of the township have been commuted for £160, and the glebe consists of 116 acres. The church is a stately structure in the pointed style, with a lofty tower, that forms a fine object in the landscape: it was rebuilt in the 16th century. The rectoryhouse was rebuilt in 1837. There are churches at Ringley, Stand, and Unsworth, all in Pilkington township; a church at Tonge, and numerous incumbencies in the parochial chapelry of Oldham. In the parish are also numerous places of worship for dissenters; in Prestwich township is one for Wesleyans.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 616-618. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51224 Date accessed: 20 July 2010.

Prestwich St Mary is an Ancient Parish in the county of Lancashire.

Other places in the parish include: Outwood, Pilkington, Prestolee, Little Heaton, Rigley, Great Heaton, and Rayton.

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

  • Manchester 1837-1874
  • Prestwich 1874-1925
  • Mancester North 1925-1934
  • Heywood 1934-1974
  • Greater Manchester post 1974

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

Parish registers for St. Mary's Church, Prestwich, 1450-1950 Microfilm copy of originals formerly held at the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.
The parish church is known as St. Mary's.
Manchester Central Library call nos.: L160/1/8/1-7; L160/1/1/1-6; L160/1/2/1-2; L160/1/3/1-7; L160/1/4/1-50; L160/1/1/1-8; L160/1/9/1-2, 4, 6-11.

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Film
List of records, ca. 1450-1950. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1603-1746.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356156 Items 3 - 8
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1752-1768 (marriages to 1754). Baptisms and burials, 1769-1812. Baptisms, 1813-Mar. 1834.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356182
Baptisms, Mar. 1834-1936.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356183
Marriages, 1754-Nov. 1799.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356184
Marriages, Nov. 1799-May 1826.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356185
Marriages, May 1826-July 1838.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356186
Marriages, July 1838-Jan. 1843.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356187
Marriages, Jan. 1843-June 1851.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356188
Marriages, June-August 1851, April 1846-May 1850.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356189
Marriages, August 1851-July 1857.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356227
Marriages, July 1857-September 1864.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356228
Marriages, September 1864-October 1876.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356229
Marriages, October 1876-November 1895.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356230
Marriages, November 1895-September 1946.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356232
Marriages, September 1946-1950. Burials, 1813-November 1865.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356233
Baptisms, 1712-1843 (another filming).
FHL BRITISH Film
2113204
Marriages, 1713-1813 (another filming).
FHL BRITISH Film
2113205
Marriages, Dec. 1813-June 1837 (another filming).
FHL BRITISH Film
2113206
Burials, 1712-Mar. 1843 (another filming).
FHL BRITISH Film
2113207
Index of baptisms, 1695-1813; index of marriages, 1695-1713; index of burials, 1695-1821. Indexes to baptisms, 1813-1850; burials, 1821-1868. Index to baptisms, 1851-1940; index to burials, 1869-1918.
FHL BRITISH Film
2113208
Marriage indexes, 1713-1934. Burial index, 1918-1939.
FHL BRITISH Film
2113209
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Burials, November 1865-1921. Banns of marriages, 1809-1821, 1851-August 1852.
VAULT BRITISH Film
2356234
Banns of marriages, July 1852-1856, 1874-1948.
FHL BRITISH Film
2356235

The following on-line indexes exist for this church:

  • Baptisms and Marriages 1603-1712 are indexed on the International Genealogical Index.
  • Marriages 1837-1900 are indexed on Lancashire BMD.
  • Baptisms 1603-1854; Marriages 1603-1838 (some gaps); and Burials 1603-1850 (some gaps) are indexed and transcribed on the Lancashire Online Parish Clerks website.

Banns-1809-1821- MFPR 2038
Banns-1851-1852- MFPR 2038
Banns-1852-1856- MFPR 2039
Banns-1874-1947- MFPR 2039
Baptism Index-1695-1940- MFPR 1084
Baptisms-1603-1712- MFPR 2037
Baptisms-1712-1752- MFPR 108 or MFPR 2037
Baptisms-1752-1843- MFPR 108 or MFPR 2253-2254
Baptisms-1843-1891- MFPR 1561 or MFPR 2254
Baptisms-1891-1936- MFPR 1562 or MFPR 2254
Baptisms Transcript-1599-1600- 929.3272 P13
Baptisms Transcript-1603-1688- 929.3272 P13
Baptisms Transcript-1689-1711- 929.3272 M1
Burial Index-1695-1918- MFPR 1084
Burial Index-1918-1939- MFPR 1085
Burials-1603-1678- MFPR 2037
Burials-1678-1681- MFPR 2037 or MFPR 2040
Burials-1681-1712- MFPR 2037
Burials-1712-1752- MFPR 111 or MFPR 2037
Burials-1752-1812- MFPR 111 or MFPR 2253
Burials-1813-1843- MFPR 111 or MFPR 2258
Burials-1843-1865- MFPR 1576 or MFPR 2258
Burials-1865-1885- MFPR 1576 or MFPR 2038
Burials-1885-1921- MFPR 1577 or MFPR 2038
Burials Transcript-1599-1600- 929.3272 P13
Burials Transcript-1603-1688- 929.3272 P13
Burials Transcript-1689-1711- 929.3272 M1
Marriage Index-1713-1939- MFPR 1085
Marriage Index-1695-1713- MFPR 1084
Marriages-1603-1713- MFPR 2037
Marriages-1713-1752- MFPR 109 or MFPR 2037
Marriages-1752-1813- MFPR 109 or MFPR 2253-2255
Marriages-1813-1837- MFPR 110 or MFPR 2256-2257
Marriages-1837-1840- MFPR 1563
Marriages-1840-1843- MFPR 1564
Marriages-1843-1846- MFPR 1565
Marriages-1846-1849- MFPR 1566
Marriages-1849-1852- MFPR 1567
Marriages-1852-1856- MFPR 1568
Marriages-1856-1860- MFPR 1569
Marriages-1860-1867- MFPR 1570
Marriages-1867-1875- MFPR 1571
Marriages-1875-1882- MFPR 1572
Marriages-1882-1908- MFPR 1573
Marriages-1908-1942- MFPR 1574
Marriages-1942-1972- MFPR 1575
Marriages Transcript-1599-1600- 929.3272 P13
Marriages Transcript-1603-1688- 929.3272 P13
Marriages Transcript-1689-1712- 929.3272 M1

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Bishop's transcripts for Prestwich, 1599-1883 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/259-264

Content
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Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1599-1641; 1670- 1696; 1707-1769
FHL BRITISH Film
1545722 Items 2-4
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1770-1835
FHL BRITISH Film
1545723
Baptisms and burials, 1835-1854; 1865-1874; marriages to 1837
FHL BRITISH Film
1545724
Baptisms and burials, 1874-1883
FHL BRITISH Film
1545743 Item 1


Census records

http://www.1881pubs.com/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Prestwich 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.

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Web sites

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http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53001 British History Online

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53002

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53006 Pilkington



 

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