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, [as of 1585] and a township,in the parish of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 5 miles northeast by east of Lancaster. The chapelry comprises four districts or quarters, viz.: Brookhouse, Caton Green, Littledale, and Town-End. There are places of worship for Wesleyan Methodists 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

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

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 for details of public houses in the 1881 census

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. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 531-534. URL: Date accessed: 25 June 2010.