Ashworth, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Ashworth, Lancashire family history and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

St James' Church, Ashworth, Rochdale, Lancashire .jpg

Chapelry History

ASHWORTH, a parochial chapelry, in the parish of Middleton, union of Bury, hundred of Salford, S.division of the county of Lancaster, 3½ miles (W.)from Rochdale. The chapel, a plain stone fabric, dedicated to St. James, stands on the summit of a hill to the north of Ashworth Hall; it was for the most part rebuilt in 1789, and in 1837 the chancel, which was part of a former edifice, was taken down, and the east end of the chapel considerably enlarged.[1]


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.

Church records

Online Records

Ashworth chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Middleton to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

AC = (£)
FMP = (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

ASHWORTH ST JAMES Chapelry (1813) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1813-1869 1813-1845  1836-1869
LOPC None None None
LBMD None None None
MIDDLETON ST LEONARD PARISH (1541) Indexes (ancient parish containing ASHWORTH)

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1541-1752

1541-1752; 1813-1818;  1828-1830

1609-1678; 1805-1819; 1827-1832;

1838-1847; 1865-1874

LOPC  1695-1874  1541-1836  1541-1874
LBMD  None  1837-1974 None 
FMP None 1541-1752 None
AC 1541-1752 1541-1752 1541-1752
FREG 1541-1630, 1653-1729 1541-1644, 1658-1729 1641-1729

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Ashworth and comprising the whole ancient parish of Middleton to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the MIDDLETON PARISH page.

Parish registers, St. James' Church, Ashworth (Lancashire), 1813-1958 Microfilm of original records in the Manchester Central Library, Manchester. Ashworth was a chapelry in the parish of Middleton until 1735, at which time it became a separate ecclesiastical parish. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. The chapel is dedicated to St. James.Manchester Central Library call nos.: L 101/1/1/3-8, L 101/1/3/2-4.

Baptisms, 1813-1843; marriages, 1824-1835; burials, 1813-1848.
Baptisms, 1813-1843; marriages, 1824-1835; burials, 1813-1848 (another filming).
Inventory of church records. Baptisms, 1843-1958. Burials, 1848-1913.

Bishop's transcripts for Ashworth, 1813-1869 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston. Bishop's transcripts of the chapelry of Ashworth in the parish of Middleton in Lancashire, England. Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/231a-233

Baptisms, 1813-1846; marriages, 1824-1825, 1832-1835, 1838-1846; burials, 1813-1846.
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Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1846; Baptisms and burials, 1847-1869.
1545705 Items 1 - 2

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.

Poor Law Unions

Bury 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.

Websites British History Online Ashworth


  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date accessed: 29 August 2013.