A Comprehensive List of All Pre-1851 Manchester Parishes and Chapelries

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Manchester is one of the largest township (population-wise) centres in the whole of England. The parish (the cathedral) is the largest parish in all England! It's comprised of the parish, that is, the Collegiate Cathedral and (by 1880) over 150 chapelries within its boundary!

During the height of the Industrial Revolution, numerous additional smaller churches called chapelries or chapels of ease, or district chapels (a district within an ancient parish but lying out in more remote areas within its boundary, and assigned to a chapel), or ecclesiastical parishes (but were not considered to be an ancient parish at first), within the Manchester City township-proper, all were created to handle Manchester's massive population growth during especially the era from about 1700 to 1900. These chapelries kept church registers of baptisms and burials (and in very rare cases, marriages during the era, 1754-1837), many of which are ancient in origin.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the chapelries associated with the Cathedral (parish) of Manchester Our Lady, St Denys and St George as of 1851. By far the vast majority of the church registers (of which a few are now transcribed and available online at the following two key web sites:

  • Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project - an outstanding website for online transcriptions from hundreds of chapels and some parishes in the county; already nearly ten million entries published online at no cost.
  • FamilySearch about 19 million entries for baptisms, marriages and burials from 1538-1912
  • Ancestry.co.uk - has nearly 10.6 million published online entries from various parish and chapelry registers from 1538 to 1900
  • LancashireBMD - about 9.5 million-plus births, marriages and deaths for post-1837

Manchester original parish (and chapel) registers are held mostly at the Manchester Central Library. Most of these in recent years have been scanned and imaged (and also microfilmed and available at The Family History Library and its 4,900 satellite Family History Centers worldwide) with indexes and images now online at especially Ancestry.co.uk, and additionally at FamilySearch.org.

Manchester City Parish (Cathedral) and Its Chapelries & Ecclesiastical Parishes

Recognizing that all authoritative treatises on Manchester's ancient and civil parishes differ from one another regarding all of its [ecclesiastical] chapelries and townships, the following list has been compiled from several key reference publications and resources here to compile a more complete/comprehensive list of Greater Manchester parishes and all its associated chapelries within its large boundary.


The chapelries listed below also subdivided the ecclesiastical boundary of Manchester Cathedral (ancient parish) and were considered to be in the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Parish of Manchester:

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For finding additional chapelries and district churches built after 1851, we strongly recommend the following online reference aids and sites:

  • Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. John M. Wilson London [1870] - one of the best aids for identifying chapelries or district churches from 1851 to about 1868, and the civil [and ecclesiastical] parish to which they were attached.
  • Lancashire Record Office website: click on "Church Registers" - search under name of ancient parish to find the names of all associated or attached chapels of ease or district church names.
  • Cassell's Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland. London: 1900 - Somewhat helpful aid; this published work does not always] provide--from an ancient parish perspective--the names of each chapelry and township chapels and district churches for each ancient parish in Lancashire.] and when commissioned or built; it is rife many omitted ones.


Helpful Links:

Some of the chapelries of Manchester and their ;christening, marriage and burial registers have also been indexed and posted online at the Lancashire "Online Parish Clerk" project.

The website, "A Church Near You" provides some information on some chapelries (and parishes): www.achurchnearyou.com

Bibliography:

Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, by Youngs, Frederic A. Pub: The Royal Historical Society, London 1991

Topographical Dictionary of England. Lewis Samuel. Pub: Samuel A. Lewis Co. London 1841 1831

A Comprehensive Gazetteer of England. Bell, James. A. Pub.: Fullarton Co. Glasgow 1836

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. A. Fullarton Co. Glasgow and London ca. 1869

Atlas & Index to Parish Registers. Edited by Cecil Humphrey-Smith. Pub by Phillimore Co. Ltd.Chichester, Sussex. 2003.