Burnley St Peter, Lancashire Genealogy

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England Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Parishes

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Chapelry History

"BURNLEY, a market-town and a parochial chapelry [as of 1562], and the head of a union, in the parish of Whalley, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 25 miles north of Manchester, comprising the townships of Burnley, Habergham-Eaves, Ightenhill Park, Reedley Hollows, Briercliffe-cum-Extwistle, Worsthorn-with-Hurstwood, and Cliviger.

Here is a list of chapelries attached to the parochial chapelry of Burnley:

  • Burnley St Peter - 1562
  • Burnley St James - 1846
  • Burnley St Paul's Lane-Bridge -  1845
  • Burnley St Andrew - 1868
  • Briercliffe - 1835
  • Habergham All saints - 1845
  • Habergham-Eaves - 1837
  • Holme St John - 1742
  • Worsthorn - 1835

There were places of worship built for the Baptists, Independents, Primitive Methodists, Wesleyan Methodists, and Roman Catholics (1846).[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

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

Burnley- St Peter
Baptisms Transcript-1562-1653- 929.3272 B22
Baptisms Transcript-1653-1690- Archives LPRS Transcript
Baptisms Transcript-1653-1690- 929.342764 Bu(456)
Burials Transcript-1562-1653- 929.3272 B22
Burials Transcript-1653-1695- Archives LPRS Transcript
Burials Transcript-1653-1691- 929.342764 Bu(456)
Marriage Index-1813-1837- Rossendale Fiche B26
Marriages Transcript-1562-1653- 929.3272 B22
Marriages Transcript-1653-1688- Archives LPRS Transcript
Marriages Transcript-1653-1688- 929.342764 Bu(456)

For the originals of the above please enquire at Lancashire Record Office.

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Census records

http://www.1881pubs.com/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Burnley 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

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. 440-445. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50845 Date accessed: 25 June 2010.