Blackpool St John, Lancashire Genealogy

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Blackpool St John

Chapelry History

BLACKPOOL, a chapelry [as of 1821] and bathing-place, in the township of Layton with Warbrick, parish of Bispham, union of the Fylde, hundred of Amounderness, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 4 miles (S. W. by W.) from Poulton, 19 (W. by N.) from Preston, and 25 (S. W. by W.) from Lancaster. The chapel was built in 1821. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; and a free school, established in 1817, is conducted on Dr. Bell's plan. In the peat bog here, numerous antediluvian trees are found.—See South-Shore.[1]

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.


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

Online Records

Church of England

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

FS =
LOPC Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
AC =
FREG = FreeReg

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1821-1900 1836-1900 None
LOPC 1821-1890 1836-1900 w/ banns 1821-1898
LBMD 1890-1919, 1962-1963 1837-1974 1890-1919
BISPHAM ALL HALLOWS PARISH (1599) Indexes (ancient parish containing BLACKPOOL Chapelry)
Baptisms       Marriages Burials 
FS 1599-1754 1631-1837 None
LOPC 1599-1900 1631-1900 1632-1900
LBMD None 1837-1970 None
FMP None 1631-1857 None
AC 1601-1811 1601-1811 1601-1811

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

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

Fylde 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

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Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 270-275. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.