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Chapelry History

Tonge cum Alkrington St Michael was created a district chapelry in 1842 from, and lying within the boundaries of Prestwich St Mary, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Alkrington.

TONGE, a township, in the parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, union of Oldham, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 5½ miles (N. N. E.) from Manchester; containing 2423 inhabitants. It is probable that the family of Tonge gave name to this place, which in the 43rd of Elizabeth was possessed by a member of it named Christopher Tonge. The township adjoins Middleton, and forms a populous part of the environs of that town. The soil here is various, chiefly sand, gravel, and clay: a coal-mine is in operation. The population is mostly employed in silk hand-loom weaving, and in cotton-mills and print-works. Tonge, with Alkrington, forms an ecclesiastical district: the church, dedicated to St. Michael, was built in 1839, by Her Majesty's Commissioners, at a cost of £1773, and is a plain brick edifice. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Rector of Prestwich; net income, £150, of which £137 are granted by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The tithes of Tonge have been commuted for £20. There are national schools.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 372-377. URL: Date accessed: 31 July 2010.


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

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Parish registers for St. Michael's Church, Tonge-cum-Alkrington, 1839-1947 Microfilm copy of originals formerly held at the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.
Tonge is a township and a chapelry in Prestwich parish. The chapelry includes Alkrington township.
Manchester Central Library call nos.: L148/1/1/1-7, L148/2/1-4, L148/1/3/1-3.

Baptisms, 1839-March 1906.
Baptisms, March 1906-1923. Marriages, 1840-1922.
Marriages, June 1922-1943.
2356369 Items 5 - 6
Burials, 1839-1925.
Banns, 1917-1947.

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 306932. for details of public houses in the 1881 census

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.

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Web sites British History Online Alkrington Tonge


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