Moss Side, Manchester, St James, Lancashire Genealogy

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Parish History

St James, Princess Rd, Moss Side,Manchester was built in 1887-8 and was an ecclesiastical parish in the Diocese of Manchester created within Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire Ancient parish.

Historically a part of Lancashire, Moss Side was formerly a rural township and chapelry within the parish of Manchester and hundred of Salford. Following the Industrial Revolution there was a process of unplanned urbanisation and a rapid increase in population size. The industrial growth of the area resulted in a densely populated area, so much so, that a part of the township of Moss Side was amalgamated into the expanding city of Manchester in 1885, with the rest joining in 1904.

The original St James's Church, Princess Road, was built in 1887-88 (architect John Lowe): of red brick in the Perpendicular revival style. This has now been replaced by a modern brick building which also contains offices used by local community groups. the modern parish is St James with St Clement Moss Side


Civil registration

Registration events since 1837 may be searche donline at Free BMD

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Parish Records

Moss Side- St James
Baptisms-1888-1960- MFPR 1528
Marriages-1889-1920- MFPR 1529
Marriages-1920-1938- MFPR 1530
Marriages-1938-1960- MFPR 1531

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers for St. James' Church, Moss-Side, 1888-1947 Microfilm of original records formerly held at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: M 551/1/1/1-4, M 551/1/2/16.

Baptisms, 1888-1930. Marriages, 1889-Sep. 1894.
2356125 Items 4 - 8
Marriages, Sep. 1894-Aug. 1936.
Marriages, Aug. 1936-1947.
2356127 Items 1 - 2

Census Information

Poor Law Unions

Manchester Poor Law Union

Maps and Gazetteers

England Jurisdictions 1851

Websites British History Online for the history of the manor and township of Moss Side