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For a list of all the churches in Whalley Parish, see "A Comprehensive List of Whalley Chapelries".

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Contents

Part of this parish is in Yorkshire. See also Whalley, Yorkshire.

Parish History

Whalley St Mary is an Ancient Parish, mostly in the county of Lancashire and partly in Yorkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Wheatley Booth, Twiston, Wheatley Carr Booth, Wheatley Lane, Wiswell, Wolfendenen-in-Newchurch, Worston, Wycoller, Barley, Barley with Wheatley Booth, Blacko, Booth Rough-lee, Booth Laund Old, Bowland, Bowland Forest Low, Coldcoats, Constable, Crawshaw Booth, Dunnockshaw, Dunnockshaw Close, Elfenden, Entwistle, Foulridge, Gambleside, Great Mearley, Hapton, Henthorn, Higham with West Close Booth, Higher Booths, Laund Booth, Little Bowland and Leagram, Little Mearley, Little Mitton, Henthorn and Coldcoats, Love Clough, Lower Booths, Mearley, Monkride and Barnside, Monkroyd and Barnside, Oakenheadwood, Old Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Read, Standen and Standen Hey, Tunstead, and Wheatley Carr.

The chapelries of the Ancient parish are scattered; see England Jurisdictions 1851

The parish church of St Mary and All Saints dates to 628 in the period when St. Paulinus was said to have preached at Whalley. The church has a large number of notable misericords - eighteen 15th century and four Victorian, the former known to have originated at Whalley Abbey. The church-yard has three Anglo-Scandinavian crosses.


Here is an 1848 historical perspective on Whalley Parish by the topographer, Samuel A. Lewis:

"WHALLEY St Mary, a parish, chiefly in the Higher and Lower divisions of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire, but extends partly into the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, West Riding of Yorkshire, 4 miles south by west from Clitheroe (Yorks). In 1848, the breadth of the parish, from the northern boundary of the parliamentary borough of Clitheroe to the southern boundary of the hundred in the Forest of Rossendale, within its limits, is fifteen miles 3 and its length, from the western boundary in the township of Oswaldtwistle to the eastern boundary, where the counties of Lancaster and York are separated by the division line at Wolfstones in Trawden Forest, is eighteen miles.  The Yorkshire portion consists of the township of Low Bowland-Forest, and is three miles in length from north to south, and in breadth from west to east two and a half miles. The parish comprises the parliamentary borough of Clitheroe, which includes the townships of Chatburn, Downham, Mearley, Little Mitton, Pendleton, Twiston, Whalley, Wiswell, and Worston; the parochial chapelry of Altham, including Clayton-le-Moors, and New and Old Accrington; the parochial chapelry of Burnley, which includes the market-town of Burnley, and the townships of Briercliffe cum Extwistle, Cliviger, Habergham-Eaves, Ightenhill-Park, New Laund Booth with Filley-Close and Reedley-Hallows, and Worsthorn with Hurstwood, the parochial chapelry of Church, including Huncoat, Oswaldtwistle, and Yate cum Pickup-Bank, the parochial chapelry of Colne, including the market town of Colne, and the townships of Barrowfield, Foulridge, Great and Little Marsden, and Trawden; the parochial chapelry of Haslingden, including Henheads, and Higher and Lower Booth, the parochial chapelry of Newchurch-in-Pendle-Forest, including Barley-cum-Wheatley, Goldshaw-Booth, Old Laund Booth, Rough-Lee Booth, and Wheatley-Carr, the parochial chapelry of New-church-in-Rossendale-Forest, including part of the consolidated chapelry of Bacup, and the hamlets of Deadwin-CIough and Wolfenden; and the parochial chapelry of Padiham, which includes the townships of Dunnockshaw, Hapton, Higham Booth with Hey-Houses, Read, and Simonstone. In the parish is also the township of Little Bowland with Leagram, separated by the Hodder from Yorkshire, to which county part of it was anciently considered to belong. 

There are nearly 40 churches and chapels in different parts of the parish, erected by private individuals, by subscription, and various grants from Royal Bounty and Her Majesty's Commissioners.

The dissenters' places of worship are also numerous. [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 (Under Construction)

Whalley St Mary and All Saints 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:

 FS = FamilySearch.org; LOPC =  Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project; FMP =  FindMyPast.co.uk; LBMDLancashire BMD.org.uk; AC = Ancestry.co.uk; FREG =FreeReg ]
 

WHALLEY ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS PARISH (1538) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1538-1888 1539-1837 None
LOPC 1538-1601, 1605-1845, 1848-1860, 1862-1875 1539-1601, 1605-1647, 1653-1900 1538-1601, 1605-1840, 1843-1891
LBMD 1837-1937 None 1837-1937
FMP None 1539-1627 None
AC 1538-1601, 1605-1653
1538-1601, 1605-1653
1538-1601, 1605-1653
FREG 1538-1631 1539-1651 1538-?
ACCRINGTON ST JAMES Chapelry  (1745) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1830-1900 1809-1900 None
LOPC 1745-1747, 1791-1825, 1831-1861, 1872-1900 1773-1849, 1880-1900 1790-1900
LBMD 1837-1974 1837-1988 1837-1974
ACCRINGTON CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry  (1840) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1840-1886 None None
LOPC 1892-1900 1891-1900 1841-1900
LBMD None 1842-1988 None
ALTHAM ST JAMES Chapelry  (1518) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1518-1851 1518-1901 None
LOPC 1749-1851 1749-1900 1749-1901
LBMD None 1837-2007 None
FMP None 1598-1695 None
AC 1596-1695 1596-1695
1596-1695
FREG 1596-1695 1596-? None
BACUP ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST Chapelry  (1788) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1788-1849 None None
LOPC 1788-1846 None 1788-1853
LBMD None 1838-1950 None
FREG 1816-1818 None None
BACUP ST SAVIOUR Chapelry  (1866) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1866-1946 None
BRIERCLIFFE ST JAMES Chapelry  (1841) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1841-1900 1843-1900 1841-1900
LBMD None None 1936-1937
BURNLEY ST PETER Chapelry  (1562) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1562-1847 1562-1907 None
LOPC 1562-1887, 1891-1898, 1904-1907, 1919-1926 1562-1875 1562-1822, 1830-1896
LBMD 1837-1977 1837-1974 1837-1897
FMP None 1562-1653 None
AC 1562-1653 1562-1653 1562-1653
FREG 1562-1653 1564-1653 1562-1653
BURNLEY ST ANDREW Chapelry  (1869) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1869-1980 None
BURNLEY ST JAMES Chapelry  (1841) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None 1849-1900 None
LOPC 1845-1900 1841-1879 1850-1856
LBMD None 1849-1972 None
BURNLEY ST PAUL Chapelry  (1846) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1846-1880 1853-1876, 1896-1900 None
LBMD None None None
BURNLEY ST STEPHEN Chapelry  (1878) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1891-1901 1878-1881 None
LOPC 1879-1953 1912-1969 1879-1946
LBMD None 1879-1982 None
CHATBURN CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry  (1801) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1801-1900 1834-1900 1801-1856
LOPC 1838-1900 1839-1900 1838-1900
LBMD None None None
CHURCH-KIRK ST JAMES Chapelry  (1600) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1600-1900 1600-1901 None
LOPC 1633-1900
1600-1830. 1837-1894 1633-1899
LBMD None 1837-1993 None
AC 1600-1747 1600-1747 1600-1747
CLAYTON-LE-MOORS ALL SAINTS Chapelry  (1840) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1840-1890 1841-1900 None
LOPC 1840-1869, 1876-1883, 1890-1901 1841-1904 1840-1900
LBMD None 1841-2005 None
CLITHEROE ST MARY MAGDALENE Chapelry  (1570) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1570-1901 1570-1901
LOPC 1569-1614, 1653-1901 1570-1587, 1654-1786, 1813-1901 1570-1626, 1651-1679, 1681-1724, 1779-1835, 1844-1891
LBMD 1837-1974 1837-1990 1837-1951, 1953-1974
CLITHEROE ST JAMES Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD None
None
CLITHEROE ST PAUL Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD None
None
COLNE CHRISTCHURCH Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


COLNE-BARROWFORD Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


DOWNHAM Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


FENCE-IN-PENDLE Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


GOODSHAW Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


HABERGHAM ALL SAINTS Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


HABERGHAM EAVES Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


HASLINGDEN Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


HEYHOUSES Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


HOLME ST JOHN THE DIVINE Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


LUMB ST MICHAELS Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


LITTLE MARSDEN Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


GREAT MARSDEN Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


NEWCHURCH-IN-PENDLE Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


NEWCHURCH-IN-ROSSENDALE ST NICHOLAS Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


OSWALDTWISTLE HIPPINGS Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


OSWALDTWISTLE IMMANUEL'S Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


TRAWDEN Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


PADIHAM Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


RAWTENSTALL Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


TUNSTEAD Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


WHITEWELL Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


WORSTHORNE Chapelry  (1***) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS


LOPC


LBMD


Original Records

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 306899.

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

Poor Law Unions

Clitheroe 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

References

  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 534-537. Adapted.  Date accessed: 03 August 2010.

 

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