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Chapelry History

SKERTON, a township with a district chapel, in the parish of Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of Lancashire, ¾ of a mile north of Lancaster. The chapel, dedicated to St. Luke, was built in 1833.[1]

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.


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

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

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

AC = (£)
FMP = (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
JOIN = Joiner's Marriage Index (£)
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

  SKERTON ST LUKE Chapelry (1834) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1834-1900 1866-1900  1834-1882 
LOPC 1834-1894 1866-1900 1859-1900
JOIN 1828-1835
LANCASTER ST MARY'S PARISH (1599) Indexes (ancient parish containing SKERTON Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1599-1886 1599-1812  None
LOPC 1749-1900 1599-1900 1749-1881
FMP  None 1539-1837 None
LBMD None 1837-1998 None 
AC 1559-1748 1559-1748 1559-1748

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Skerton and comprising the whole ancient parish of Lancaster St Mary to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the LANCASTER ST MARY 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 306936.

Poor Law Unions

Lancaster 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

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

Web sites British History Online


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 113-115. Adapted. Date accessed: 21 July 2010.


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