Coldhurst, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Coldhurst Holy Trinity was created a district chapel (chapelry) in 1848, lying within Prestwich parish.

"COLDHURST, a chapelry in Oldham township, Prestwich parish, Lancashire; in the north-eastern neighbourhood of Manchester. It was constituted in 1844. Post town, Oldham. Pop., 3, 046. Houses, 555. The living is a vicarage in-the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church is good."

(From:  John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (pub. London: 1870)

[It was] "an ecclesiastical parish or district [church], in the parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, union of Oldham, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 7 miles (N. E. by N.) from Manchester. It is nearly three miles in circumference, and is principally pasture and meadow land, of hilly surface. The turnpike-road from Oldham to Rochdale passes through it. Coal-mines are wrought, and cotton and hat manufactories carried on. An old Hall here, belonging to Abram Crompton, Esq., is now converted into cottages. The district was constituted in October, 1844, under the act 6th and 7th Victoria, cap. 37, and the erection of a church was commenced in the summer of 1847; it is in the early English style, and built on a site presented by Mr. Crompton. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £150; patrons, the Crown and the Bishop of Chester, alternately. Within the district are some fine springs. Coldhurst is said to have been the scene of an action in the rebellion, in which the parliamentarians were defeated."

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 659-663. URL: Date accessed: 29 June 2010.


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

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Parish registers for Holy Trinity Church, Coldhurst, 1848-1967 Microfilm copy of originals formerly held at the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.
Coldhurst is a chapelry in  Prestwich St Mary, Lancashire parish.
Manchester Central Library call nos.: L180/1/1/1-2, L180/1/2/1-8.

Inventory of church records. Baptisms, 1848-1942. Marriages, 1849-Jan. 1871.
Marriages, Jan. 1871-Nov.1920.
Marriages, Nov. 1920-Mar. 1967.

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Oldham Poor Law Union

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.

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