Beswick, Lancashire Genealogy

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Beswick St Mary by L.S.Lowry

Chapelry History

BESWICK, an extra-parochial district, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 1½ mile (E.) from Manchester; containing 345 inhabitants. This place, which comprises 95 acres, and which at the beginning of the present century had only one solitary house, is indebted for its present extent and increase in population, to its contiguity to the town of Manchester.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 223-228. URL: Date accessed: 25 June 2010.

Beswick is an extra-parochial place prior to the foundation of Beswick St Mary ( The Bishop Lee Memorial Church). Search surrounding parishes for records and information.

Beswick St Mary was established as an ecclesiatical parish in 1878 and the living was in part linked to the Bishop of Manchester.


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

  • Manchester 1837-1874
  • Prestwich 1874-1925
  • Mancester North 1925-1934
  • Heywood 1934-1974
  • Greater Manchester post 1974

Church records

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Parish registers for St. Mary's Church, Beswick, 1878-1966 Microfilm of original records formerly held in the Manchester Central Library, Manchester.
The church is also known as "Bishop Lee Memorial Church".
Manchester Central Library call nos.: M 280/1/1/1-2. M 280/1/2/1-7.

Inventory of church records. Baptisms, 1878-1944. Marriages, 1879-Jan. 1890.
Marriages, Jan. 1890-July 1935.
Marriages, July 1935-1966.

Census records

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Poor Law Unions

Manchester 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

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Web sites

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In addition to being subject of an art work by L.S.Lowry St Mary's was featured as a location in John Schlesinger's 1962 Film "A kind of Loving" in