Bury St Mary, Lancashire Genealogy
Bury [St Mary] is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Lancashire. Heywood, Lancashire is a chapelry of Bury [St Mary].
Other places in the parish include: Bamford, Newhallhey, Coupe and Lenches, New Hall Hey and Hall Carr, Cowpe, Cowpe Lench, Cowpe Lenches, Hall Carr, Heap, Hooley Bridge, Lench, Middle Division, Musden Head, New Hall Hey and Hall Carr, Newhall Hey and Hall Carr, and Bramford.
Bury Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin is located at the highest point in the town centre. Although the present building is Victorian there has been a church on the site for over 1,000 years: in medieval times the west door would have looked out across the market place to the castle.
The steeple pre-dates the church, having been built in 1842. The church was designed a few years later by J S Crowther on a much grander scale and, with the nave now higher than the base of the spire, the two were cleverly joined by the addition of a narthex.
The highly decorative mosaic floor is by Minton.
The present church was consecrated on 2nd February 1876, having taken 5 years to build.
The church was the garrison church for the Lancashire Fusiliers and colours of the Regiment hang proudly from their pikes around the walls of the nave.
The nave stands 76ft 6ins high, 84ft 6ins long and 30ft wide. The windows on the north wall depict Old Testament figures whilst the south windows are of New Testament figures.
The detailed stonework includes over 150 heads, many said to represent members of the congregation and community. On the west wall are heads depicting the churchwardens, architect and clerk of works, whilst the Earl and Countess of Derby are to be found on the chancel arch.
Sharp eyed observers will find a “green man” in the decorative stone on the north wall.
The west wall is inspired by Westminster Abbey, rising in four stages to the great rose window.
The pulpit was given in memory of Revd Roger Kay, who re-founded Bury Grammar School in 1726 (and who is believed to be buried beneath the pulpit).
The font is in memory of Revd Geoffrey Hornby. It was given in 1854 and was brought from the previous church to the baptistery here before being relocated in 2008.
The lectern was given by the staff of the Central School in 1875.
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
Part of the Family History Library's microfilm for this parish is digitized online under England, Lancashire – Cheshire – Yorkshire Parish Registers, 1603-1992 where is can be viewed for free.
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
Bury- St Mary the Virgin
Banns-1754-1762- MFPR 1978
Baptisms-1590-1699- MFPR 2075
Baptisms-1699-1766- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 1978 or MFPR 2075
Baptisms-1766-1771- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 1978 or MFPR 2076
Baptisms-1771-1775- MFPR 1037 or MFPR 1978 or MFPR 2076
Baptisms-1775-1782- MFPR 1978 or MFPR 2076
Baptisms-1782-1812- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 1980 or MFPR 2076
Baptisms-1813-1817- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 1981
Baptisms-1817-1819- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 1981 or MFPR 2076
Baptisms-1819-1821- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 1982 or MFPR 2077
Baptisms-1821-1826- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 1983 or MFPR 2077
Baptisms-1826-1834- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 1983 or MFPR 1984 or MFPR 2077
Baptisms-1834-1837- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 1983 or MFPR 1984 or MFPR 1985 or MFPR 2077
Baptisms-1837-1943- MFPR 1983 or MFPR 1984 or MFPR 1985 or MFPR 2077
Baptisms-1844-1854- MFPR 1983 or MFPR 1986 or MFPR 2078
Baptisms-1854-1859- MFPR 1983 or MFPR 1897 or MFPR 2078
Baptisms-1859-1882- MFPR 1987 or MFPR 2078
Baptisms-1882-1943- MFPR 1987 or MFPR 2079
Baptisms-1943-1948- MFPR 1987
Baptisms Transcript- 1590-1699- 929.3272 B12
Burials-1590-1699- MFPR 1978 or MFPR 2075
Burials-1699-1753- MFPR 1035 or MFPR 1978 or MFPR 2075
Burials-1753-1782- MFPR 1035 or MFPR 1978 or MFPR 2075 or MFPR 2076
Burials-1782-1812- MFPR 1035 or MFPR 1980 or MFPR 2076
Burials-1813-1819- MFPR 1035 or MFPR 1981 or MFPR 2087
Burials-1819-1820- MFPR 1035 or MFPR 1982 or MFPR 2087
Burials-1820-1826- MFPR 1035 or MFPR 1982 or MFPR 2088
Burials-1826-1831- MFPR 1035 or MFPR 1983 or MFPR 2088
Burials-1831-1837- MFPR 1035 or MFPR 1984 or MFPR 2088
Burials-1837-1847- MFPR 1985 or MFPR 2088
Burials-1847-1855- MFPR 1986 or MFPR 2088
Burials-1861-1862- MFPR 1986 or MFPR 2088 (3 entries)
Burials-1902-1902- MFPR 1986 or MFPR 2088 (1 entry)
Burials Transcript-1591-1699- 929.3272 B12
Marriage Index- 1820-1829- Rossendale Fiche B34
Marriage Index- 1830-1837- Rossendale Fiche B33
Marriages-1590-1647- MFPR 2075
Marriages-1647-1754- MFPR 1033 or MFPR 1978 or MFPR 2075
Marriages-1754-1770- MFPR 1033 or MFPR 1978 or MFPR 2075 or MFPR 2079
Marriages-1770-1782- MFPR 1033 or MFPR 1979 or MFPR 2075 or MFPR 2079
Marriages-1782-1790- MFPR 1033 or MFPR 1979 or MFPR 2079
Marriages-1790-1802- MFPR 1033 or MFPR 1979 or MFPR 2080
Marriages-1802-1809- MFPR 1033 or MFPR 1980 or MFPR 2080
Marriages-1809-1812- MFPR 1034 or MFPR 1980 or MFPR 2080
Marriages-1812-1818- MFPR 1034 or MFPR 1981 or MFPR 2080
Marriages-1818-1820- MFPR 1034 or MFPR 1982 or MFPR 2080
Marriages-1820-1825- MFPR 1034 or MFPR 1982 or MFPR 2081
Marriages-1825-1832- MFPR 1034 or MFPR 2081
Marriages-1832-1837- MFPR 1034 or MFPR 1985 or MFPR 2081
Marriages-1837-1838- MFPR 1988 or MFPR 2081
Marriages-1838-1844- MFPR 1988 or MFPR 2082
Marriages-1844-1845- MFPR 1989 or MFPR 2082
Marriages-1845-1848- MFPR 1989 or MFPR 2083
Marriages-1848-1849- MFPR 1990 or MFPR 2083
Marriages-1849-1852- MFPR 1990 or MFPR 2084
Marriages-1852-1853- MFPR 1991 or MFPR 2084
Marriages-1853-1858- MFPR 1991 or MFPR 2085
Marriages-1858-1860- MFPR 1992 or MFPR 2085
Marriages-1860-1874- MFPR 1992 or MFPR 2086
Marriages-1874-1879- MFPR 1993 or MFPR 2086
Marriages-1879-1947- MFPR 1993 or MFPR 2087
Marriages Transcript- 1591-1699- 929.3272 B12
Miscellaneous- MFPR 1036
The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)
Bury bishop's transcripts, 1603-1894 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Includes records from the churches of St. John (Bury), 1769-1873, St. Pa ul (Bury), 1845-1867, St. Anne (Chapelry of Tottington), 1799-1862, Christchurch (Chapelry of Walmersley), 1842-1864, All Saints Chapelry of Elton), 1843-1867, St. Stephen (Chapelry of Elton), 1882- 1894, St. Thomas (Bury), 1867-1873, and St. Luke (Chapelry of Heywood), 1807-1828.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/41-60
| Baptisms, marriages and burials of Bury, 1603- 1641, 1662-1785. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's, 1769-1785.
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| Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1785-1812. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).
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|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1813-1818. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1819-1824. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1825-1829. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1830-1833. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1834-1838. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's and St. Anne's (Tottington).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1839-1845. Includes baptisms and burials from St. John's, St. Anne's (Tottington) and Christchurch (Walmersley) from 1842.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms and burials, 1846-1853. Includes St. John's, St. Anne's (Tottington), St. Pauls from 1849 and Christchurch (Walmersley).|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms and burials, 1854-1860. Includes St. John's, St. Anne's (Tottington), St. Paul's, Christchurch (Walmersley) and All Saints (Elton) from 1858.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms and burials, 1861-1873. Includes St. John's, St. Anne's (Tottington), All Saints (Elton), Christchurch (Walmersley), and St. Thomas, 1867-1873.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
|Baptisms and burials from St. Paul's, 1845-1846, and All Saints (Elton), 1843-1846; baptisms from St. Stephen's (Elton), 1882-1894. Also includes baptisms and burials from St. Luke's in the Chapelry of Heywood, 1807-1818.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
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|Baptisms and burials from St. Luke's Chapel in the Chapelry of Heywood, 1819-1828.|| FHL BRITISH Film |
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Poor Law Unions
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.
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