Astley Bridge, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Astley Bridge St Paul is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1844 from Little_Bolton_All_Saints,_Lancashire  Ecclesiastical Parish and  Bolton_le_Moors_St_Peter,_Lancashire Ancient Parish. Other places in the parish include: Sharples.

St. Paul’s, built in 1847-8, was consecrated by the first Bishop of Manchester, James Prince Lee on the 22nd June 1848.

ASTLEY-BRIDGE, an ecclesiastical parish, in the parish and union of Bolton, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 1½ mile (N.) from Bolton, on the roads to Blackburn and Belmont; containing 2325 inhabitants. This parish was formed in 1844, out of the townships of Little Bolton and Sharples, under the act of the 6th and 7th of Victoria, cap. 37. It comprises 1468 acres, the rivers Astle and Eagle forming its southern and eastern boundary. The population is chiefly employed in bleach-works and cotton-mills. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Crown and the Bishop of Chester, alternately; net income, £150. The church, dedicated to St. Paul, was erected in 1847, at a cost of £3000, raised by subscription aided by public grants: the body of the edifice is in the Norman style; and the tower, surmounted by a spire, is early English. The Wesleyans have a place of worship; and there are some national schools.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 100-104. URL: Date accessed: 25 June 2010.


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

Church records

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Parish registers for St. Paul's Church, Astley Bridge Microfilm copy of originals at the Manchester Central Library in Manchester, England.
Astley-Bridge is a chapelry in Bolton-le-Moors parish.
Manchester Central Library call nos.: L 83/1/1/1-7, L 83/1/2/1-9, L 83/1/3/1-5.

Baptisms, 1845-Oct. 1881. Marriages, 1848-Apr. 1879. Burials, 1848-Feb. 1877. FHL BRITISH Film 2148103
Inventory of church records. Baptisms, Oct. 1881-1959. FHL BRITISH Film 2148104
Marriages, May 1879-Dec. 1919. FHL BRITISH Film 2148105
Marriages, Dec. 1919-May 1939. FHL BRITISH Film 2148106
Marriages, June 1939-1965. FHL BRITISH Film 2148107
Burials, 1877-1964. Vault BRITISH Film 2148108

Census records

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Poor Law Unions

Bolton, Lancashire Poor Law Union

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.

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