Adlington, Lancashire Genealogy

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Parish History

ADLINGTON, a township with a district church (chapelry), in the parish of Standish (which also see), in the union of Chorley, hundred of Leyland, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 4 miles (N.) from Wigan. The townships of Adlington, Anderton, Duxbury, and Heath-Charnock, in the parish, form this district chapelry with a church.[1]

Adlington is a town in Lancashire, England, near the West Pennine Moors and the larger town of Chorley. A chapelry called St Paul was created by 1839 from the ancient parish of Standish, Lancashire, and flourished around the textile industry.

The present church dates from 1883 and replaced the earlier church:

The church of St. Paul, erected in 1883-4, from designs by Messrs T. D. Barry and Son, of Liverpool, consists of chancel, with organ chamber and vestries, nave, aisles and south porch : the pulpit and font are of Caen stone and marble : there are 646 sittings, all of which are free. The register dates from the year 1839. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £300, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Manchester, and held since 1839 by the Rev. Thomas Carpenter M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin.
from Slater's Directory, Lancashire 1895

The parish is an active parish in Diocese of Blackburn.

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.



The following two web sites provide online data at no cost, which covers Adlington chapelry for 1881 and the 1901 censuses:

1881 - FamilySearch

1901 - 1901CensusOnline

Lancashire census records have been indexed and transcribed countywide, and made available online by the following subscription web sites for the census years, 1841-1911:

Also see for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Church records

Online Records

Adlington chapelry registers, along with those of the ancient parish of Standish to which it is attached, have been transcribed to a considerable extent, and are available online at the following websites:

FS =
LOPC Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
AC =
FREG = FreeReg

Here are the online transcriptions and indexes by chapelry and ranges of years:

ADLINGTON CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry  (1837) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1839-1846 1843-1900 1839-1900
LOPC 1839-1900 1843-1886 1839-1900
LBMD 1837-1959 1934-1975 1837-1959
ADLINGTON ST PAUL Chapelry  (1843) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1885-1900 1886-1900 None
LBMD None 1843-1975 None

STANDISH ST WILFRID PARISH (1560) Indexes (ancient parish containing ADLINGTON)

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1560-1656 1560-1656 None
LOPC 1653-1900 1653-1900 1653-1900
LBMD 1837-1950 1837-1950 1837-1953
FMP None 1558-1837 None
AC 1560-1653 1560-1653 1560-1653

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding and contiguous to Adlington, be certain to see "Church Records" on the STANDISH PARISH page.

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths - 1837 to the Present

Learn key information about England Civil Registration (vital records) of birth, marriages and deaths on the England main page.

Online Indexes

There are two separate (free) indexes available for Lancashire civil registration of births, marriages and deaths. One index covers all registrations nation-wide, and one index covers the copies of the local registration district office's certificate copies for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, as follows:

  • FreeBMD - an online (free) index to the certificates held at the General Registrar's Office, formerly in London, now in Solihull, Merseyside, UK. The years currently covered in this index include July, 1837 to at least 1940.
  • LancashireBMD - an online index (free) to the local superintendant's registrar of births, marriages and deaths for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, for the following range of years and their events:  births 1837-1974; marriages 1837-2010; deaths 1837-1975.
  • provides numerous parish and chapel transcriptions online (free) for the post-1837 to 1910 period, including some marriages which are replicas of those marriage certificates kept by the General Registrar's Office and local Registration District Offices throughout the country.

Other Indexes

FamilySearch's Family History Library British collections holds the quarterly indexes of births, marriages and deaths from July, 1837 to 1983 in microform media.

Poor Law Unions

Chorley Poor Law Union, Lancashire


Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. To search indexes and original probate records, go to the Lancashire Probate Records and follow the steps to find possible wills for ancestors in Lancashire.


Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 15-17. Adapted. Date accessed: 02 May 2012.