Birch in Hopwood, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Birch in Hopwood St Mary was created a chapelry in 1828, taken from, and lying within the boundaries of  Middleton, Lancashire ancient parish.

"BIRCH, a district chapelry in village of, and with'in the parish of Middleton', union of Oldham, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 2½ miles west by northwest of Middleton. 

Another chapel with an attached district was formed out of the parishes of Middleton and Bury."[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

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist 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

Bishop's transcripts for Birch, near Middleton, 1829-1839 Micro-reproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Bishop's transcripts of the chapelry of Birch, also called Birch-St. Mary, which is in the township of Hopwood, parish of Middleton, Lancashire, England.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/233

Baptisms and burials, 1829-1839.
1545705 Item 3

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Oldham 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

Contributor: Add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above. fro information about the parish Hopwood British History Online for images of the church


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 248-255. URL: Adapted. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.