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Guide to The Cathedral Church of Blackburn St Mary the Virgin, Lancashire family history and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Here is a Comprehensive List of Chapels in Blackburn St Mary Parish. View this updated list of chapelries (which held baptismal and burial registers and which subdivided this ancient parish) before researching in this large parish.

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Parish History

BLACKBURN (St Mary), a parish, fourteen miles in length and ten in breadth, was formerly part of Whalley Parish. Blackburn is the head of a union, in the Lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the County of Lancaster; comprising the market-town and newly-enfranchised borough of Blackburn, which includes the chapelries of Balderston, Billington-Langho, Brownhill, Over Darwen, Salesbury, Samlesbury, and Tockholes, and the townships of Clayton-leDale, Cuerdale, Lower Darwen, Dinkley, Eccleshill, Great and Little Harwood, Livesey, Mellor, Osbaldeston, Pleasington, Ramsgrave, Rishton, Walton-le-Dale, Wilpshire, and Witton, 31 miles southeast by south from Lancaster.[1]

Researchers may view a Comprehensive List of Chapels in Blackburn St Mary Parish. A chapel also dedicated to St Clement has been erected; and the Vicar likewise presents to the incumbencies of Balderstone, Bamber-Bridge, Billington-Langho, Lower and Over Darwen, Feniscowles, Great Harwood, Mellor, Mellor-Brook, Salesbury, Samlesbury, Tockholes, Walton, and Witton. In the town are places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Warrenites, also a Scottish kirk and a Roman Catholic chapel; and in the rural parts of the parish are various other meeting-houses for different denominations. The union of Blackburn comprises the entire parish, with the exception of the townships of Cuerdale, Samlesbury, and Walton, which are in the union of Preston; together with four townships of the parish of Whalley.

Blackburn Cathedral

With the creation of the Diocese of Blackburn in 1926 (taken from the Diocese of Manchester) the impressive parish church of St Mary the Virgin was raised to cathedral status. The church, which was built in 1826 and designed by architect John Palmer, now forms the cathedral's nave.

In the early 1930s, fundraising began to enlarge the cathedral so that the building complemented its newfound importance. By 1938, enough money had been raised and work began on enlarging the new cathedral. Although work was interrupted by the war, it was resumed afterwards and continued through the 1950s and into the early 1960s. After the death of architect W.A. Forsyth in 1950, architect Laurence King joined the project and designed the distinctive lantern tower. The lantern tower, which consists of 56 different panes of coloured glass and an aluminium spire, was completed in 1967.

The cathedral was finally completed in 1977 and what had been built over the past decades was finally consecrated as Blackburn Cathedral.

The North transept contains eight misericords dating from the 15th century. It is not known at what time they arrived at the Cathedral, but they are believed to have originated at Whalley Abbey. This could mean that they were removed to a builder's yard after the Dissolution, but with the cathedral not being built until the 19th century, this allows for the possibility that they had lain unused for some 300 years.


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.

Blackburn's Marrying Chapels

Most of Lancashire' chapelries (nearly 90 percent) were not granted permission to marry couples prior to 1837. However, the following chapelries (chapels of ease) were granted sanction to marry couples within the parish boundary of St Mary Blackburn--besides the ancient parish of St Mary's itself:

  1. Bamber-Bridge St Saviour's - 1761
  2. Great Harwood St Bartholomew - 1547
  3. Samlesbury St Leonard the Less - 1634
  4. Walton le Dale St Leonard- 1609

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.

Church records

Online Records

Blackburn St Mary is an ancient parish with chapelries totalling about 45. The following chart lists those chapelry and parish registers which have thus far been transcribed and posted online in some format. Click the years to view online data for each church for the pertinent years you are trying to search. Original parish registers, Bishop’s transcripts and some transcribed church records exist for this parish, and including additional records such as parish chest records.  These are held at the Lancashire Record Office, in Preston, Lancashire or, be sure to view a Comprehensive List of Chapels in Blackburn St Mary Parish (then click the link for each church which takes you directly to the Family History Library online catalog for available microfilms to original registers).

Blackburn St Mary parish registers and those registers of all of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
BLACKBURN ST MARY THE VIRGIN PARISH (1600) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1600-1910 1600-1704, 1720-1900 1720-1900
LOPC 1600-1611, 1614-1628, 1653-1848, 1854-1881 1600-1680, 1698-1705, 1722-1900 1651-1652, 1746-1900
LBMD 1837-1885 1837-1951 1837-1885
FMP None 1600-1705 None
AC 1600-1660 1600-1660 1600-1660
BLACKBURN ALL SAINTS Chapelry  (1840) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1872-1981 None
BLACKBURN CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry  (1859) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1860-1975 None
BLACKBURN HOLY TRINITY Chapelry  (1848) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1854-1980 None
BLACKBURN ST BARNABAS Chapelry  (1876) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1887-1951 None
BLACKBURN ST CLEMENT (GREEN HAWORTH) Chapelry (1836) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
BLACKBURN ST JOHN Chapelry  (1825) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1825-1853
None None
LOPC 1847-1853 None 1847-1853
LBMD None 1854-1974 None
BLACKBURN ST JUDE Chapelry  (1901) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1915-1962 None
BLACKBURN ST LUKE BANK TOP Chapelry  (1861) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1861-1897 1878-1900 None
LOPC 1861-1900 1878-1900 None
LBMD None None None
BLACKBURN ST MATTHEW HIGHER AUDLEY Chapelry  (1886) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1887-1970 None
BLACKBURN ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS Chapelry (1839) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None
LOPC None None None
BLACKBURN ST PAUL Chapelry  (1792) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1792-1888 1854-1900 None
LOPC 1792-1825, 1877-1900 1854-1873, 1878-1884, 1892-1900 1811-1900
LBMD None 1854-1955 None
BLACKBURN ST PETER Chapelry  (1821) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1821-1922 1854-1891, 1903-1919 1821-1866, 1869-1947
LBMD None 1854-1973 None
BLACKBURN ST PHILIP Chapelry  (1880) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1888-1900 1881-1900 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None None None
BLACKBURN ST SILAS Chapelry  (1885) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1901-1983 None
BLACKBURN ST THOMAS Chapelry  (1865) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1866-1900 1866-1900 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1866-1980 None
BAMBER BRIDGE ST SAVIOUR Chapelry  (1761) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1761-1807, 1837-1900 1761-1806, 1839-1900 1761-1806, 1838-1900
LOPC 1837-1900 1839-1900 1838-1900
LBMD None 1839-1991 None
BALDERSTONE ST LEONARD Chapelry  (1751) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1751-1891 1855-1900 1813-1815, 1848-1850
LOPC 1751-1934 1838-1900 1785-1900, 1906-1981
LBMD None 1838-1995 None
BILLINGTON-LANGHO ST LEONARD Chapelry  (1725) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1816-1846 None 1816-1846
LOPC 1725-1921 1837-1921 1765-1901
LBMD 1837-1964 1837-2003 1837-1964
AC Various Years Various Years Various Years
BROOKHOUSE ST JAMES Chapelry  (1874) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1874-1907 1875-1987 part. None
LBMD None None None
BROWNHILL ST GABRIEL (1828) Chapelry  Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None None None
COPY NOOK ST THOMAS Chapelry  (1865) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1865-1900 1866-1900 None
LBMD None None None
DAISYFIELD ST MICHAEL Chapelry  (1848) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1848-1854 None None
LBMD None None None
FENISCLIFFE ST FRANCIS Chapelry  (1887) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1887-1909 None None
LBMD None 1894-1992 None
FENISCOWLES IMMANUEL Chapelry  (1836) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1836-1890 1879-1900 None
LOPC 1836-1900 1838-1900 None
LBMD None 1838-2007 None
GREAT HARWOOD ST BARTHOLOMEW Chapelry  (1547) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1547-1901 1560-1920 1560-1901
LOPC 1563-1728, 1739-1901 1547-1900 1813-1900
LBMD 1837-1969 1837-1992 1837-1969
AC 1547-1812 1547-1812 1547-1812
KNUDZEN ST OSWALD'S Chapelry (1874) Indexes - see also Whalley Parish
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LBMD None None None
LOPC None None None
LARK HILL HOLY TRINITY Chapelry  (1848) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1848-1854 None None
LBMD None None None
LITTLE HARWOOD ST STEPHEN Chapelry  (1892) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1892-1899 None None
LBMD None None None
LIVESEY ST ANDREW Chapelry  (1877) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1877-1924 1877-2007 None
LBMD None None None
LOWER DARWEN ST JAMES Chapelry  (1829) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1829-1832 None 1829-1832
LBMD None 1838-1981 None
MELLOR ST MARY Chapelry  (1829) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1829-1901 1837-1900 None
LOPC 1829-1908 1837-1900 1830-1900
LBMD 1837-1964 1837-2010 1837-1964
MELLOR-BROOK ST SAVIOUR Chapelry  (1824) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1836-1858 None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None None None
OVER DARWEN ST JAMES Chapelry  (1781) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1813-1836, 1847-1851 None 1829-1836, 1847-1851
LOPC 1781-1814, 1816-1836, 1847-1851 None 1782-1814, 1816-1836, 1847-1851
LBMD None None None
OVER DARWEN ST CUTHBERT Chapelry  (1872) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1872-1900 1878-1900 None
LBMD None None None
OVER DARWEN HOLY TRINITY (later known as ST PETER) Chapelry  (1829) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None 1829-1857, 1861-1900
LOPC 1829-1890 1837-1882 1829-1834, 1857-1861
LBMD None None None
OVER DARWEN ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST Chapelry  (1864) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None 1865-1899 None
LOPC 1864-1900 1865-1879, 1899-1900 None
LBMD None None None
OVER DARWEN LOWER Chapelry  (1751) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1751-1794, 1796-1838, 1852-1884 None 1785-1819
LBMD None None None
SALESBURY ST PETER Chapelry  (1807) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1807-1901 1842-1900 None
LOPC None 1843-1900 None
LBMD None 1843-1989 None
SAMLESBURY ST LEONARD THE LESS Chapelry  (1634) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1634-1638, 1663-1900 1635-1638, 1663-1900 1816-1845
LOPC 1722-1900 1685-1754, 1778-1900 1722-1900
LBMD None 1837-1998 None
FMP None 1685-1837 None
TOCKHOLES ST STEPHEN Chapelry  (1775) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1777-1856 1841-1900 1785-1900
LOPC 1777-1900 1840-1900 1775-1900
LBMD None 1840-1993 None
WALTON-LE-DALE ST LEONARD Chapelry  (1609) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1609-1854, 1872-1889 1609-1637, 1654-1848 1809-1894
LOPC 1751-1760, 1807-1831, 1839-1854, 1871-1900 1751-1760, 1807-1812, 1815-1848 1751-1760, 1807-1812, 1815-1889
LBMD 1837-1974 None 1837-1974
AC 1609-1812 1609-1812 1609-1812
WITTON ST MARK Chapelry  (1837) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None 1897-1900 None
LOPC 1838-1901 1854-1897 1843-1895
LBMD 1837-1905 1854-1989 1837-1905
WITTON ST PHILIP Chapelry  (1881) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None 1830-1831 None
LOPC 1888-1900 1881-1900 None
LBMD None 1881-1974 None

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 306890.

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

 

References

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 270-275.Greatly adapted. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.

 

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