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Parish History

Whittington St Michael is an Ancient Parish in the county of Lancashire.Other places in the parish include: Newton with Docker and Docker.

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.
WHITTINGTON,a parish, in the union of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of Lancashire, 2 miles southwest by south of KirkbyLonsdale.[1]

Whittington was one of the few ancient parishes in Lancashire with no known chapelries attached to it.


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

This outstanding web site with its team of volunteers has transcribed many years of the parish registers for christenings, marriages and burials and posted them at no cost. Try this extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes and their chapelries at http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/.

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

Online Records

Whittington St Michael the Archangel 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
JOIN = Joiner's Marriage Index (£)
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1538-1876
LOPC 1664-1749, 1813-1914
1664-1749, 1813-1914
1664-1749, 1813-1914
FMP None
AC 1538-1764
JOIN 1813-1837

Whittington-in-Lonsdale- St Michael the Archangel
Baptisms Transcript-1538-1764- 929.3272 W1
Burials Transcript-1564-1764- 929.3272 W1
Marriages Transcript-1558-1764- 929.3272 W1

Original Records

The Lancashire Record Office at Bow Lane, Preston PR2 1RE, holds the original parish registers in its vast collections. Contact their website for contact information.

The Family History Library has microfilmed the parish registers and Bishop's transcripts of Whittington parish for the years 1538-1920. These films are available for ordering/circulating and researching at any one of its satellite FamilySearch Centers worldwide.

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

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

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 306916.

Poor Law Unions

Lunesdale 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


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 557-560. Adapted. Date accessed: 03 August 2010.


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