Bacup, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Bacup St John th Evangelist is a chapelry created by 1788 from, and lying within the boundaries of Whalley Parish.

'Th'owd Parish Church' (The Old Parish Church), the original building was the first Anglican Church in Bacup and dated from 1788. The present building dates from 1881 after the partial collapse of the earlier chapelry building in 1871. The sloping floor of the present church hints at some of the earlier problems on the site.

Bacup was a chapelry linked with the parishes of Whalley and Rochdale, and divided between the townships of Newchurch[-in-Rossendale] and Spotland in the hundred of Blackburn.

Here is part of a 19th Century historical perspective by the famed topographer, Samuel A. Lewis:

"BACUP, [or Bacop] St John the Evangelist, a consolidated chapelry [by 1788], in the townships of Newchurch [which is distinctly different from Newchurch (Culcheth, near Leigh Parish)] and Spotland, parishes of Whalley and Rochdale, union of Haslingden, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire, 7 miles north and west from Rochdale.

There were two places of worship for Particular Baptists, and two for Wesleyan Methodists."[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.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church records

Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Haslingden, 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by samuel Lewis  (1848), pp. 124-128. URL: Adapted. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.