Caton with Littledale, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Caton with Littledale St Paul is a chapelry in the county of Lancashire, created by 1585 from Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Littledale.

The parish contains the villages of Caton, Brookhouse, Caton Green, Littledale and Townend. Brookhouse is the original village of Caton but it was renamed after Brookhouse Hall and is separated from Caton by Artle Beck. The parish church of St Paul situated in Brookhouse is generally of 17th century construction but retains some Norman features.

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.

CATON, a parochial chapelry, and a township, in the parish of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster,5 miles (N. E. by E.) from Lancaster.The chapelry comprises four districts or quarters, viz.: Brookhouse, Caton Green, Littledale,and Town-End.There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Independents. [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

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Caton chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Lancaster St. Mary 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

CATON Chapelry (1585) Indexes 
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1585-1859 1586-1718  1846-1859
LOPC 1586-1900 1586-1900 1585-1900
FMP None 1586-1837 None
AC  1585-1718 1585-1718  1585-1718 
LANCASTER ST MARY'S PARISH (1599) Indexes (ancient parish containing CATON Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1599-1886 1599-1812  None
LOPC 1749-1900 1599-1900 1749-1881
FMP  None 1539-1837 None
LBMD None 1837-1998 None 
AC 1559-1748 1559-1748 1559-1748

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Caton and comprising the whole ancient parish of Lancaster St. Mary to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the LANCASTER ST MARY PARISH page.

Caton- St Paul
Baptisms Transcript- 1585-1719- 929.3272 C25
Burials Transcript- 1585-1718- 929.3272 C25
Marriages Transcript- 1586-1718- 929.3272 C25

For original registers of above please enquire at Lancashire Record Office.

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

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. The first film number is 306936.

Poor Law Unions

Caton Gilbert 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. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 531-534.Date accessed: 10 September 2013.