Comprehensive List of Liverpool Parishes and Chapelries

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Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas was originally created a chapel of ease in the parish of Walton until 1698, when it was constituted by act of Parliament, a distinct parish.

Liverpool from the mid-18th century, became one of the largest township (population-wise) centres in the whole of England; by 1851, its population was approximately 300,000 inhabitants. Ecclesiastically, and for research purposes, it's important to note before 1900, the parish of Liverpool St Nicholas (with St Peter) possessed numerous chapelries and district chapels attached to it.

During the height of the Industrial Revolution, these numerous smaller churches called chapelries or chapels of ease and district chapels which lay within the boundaries of the ancient parish were created to handle Liverpool St Nicholas' expanding parish population. Liverpool St Nicholas' chapels of ease or chapelries--some of which are of ancient origin, each kept registers of baptisms, often some burials and in only a few cases, marriages.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the chapelries associated with the ancient parish of St Nicholas and Peter Liverpool as of 1851. By far the vast majority of the church registers (of which many are now being transcribed and posted online) are located at the Liverpool Central Archives; a few may be available at the Lancashire Record Office in Preston. Most (but not all) of these are microfilmed and available for ordering and viewing at The Family History Library and its 4,600 satellite Family History Centers worldwide.  

It is important to note that all reference guides and treatises on Lancashire's ancient parishes differ--some much more than others--in that they each contain some inaccuracies in identifying, nor does one single such guide all of Liverpool's [ecclesiastical] districts and townships with chapelries lying within St Nicholas' boundary. This is extremely problematic for large township parishes like Liverpool, but throughout all of Lancashire. This problem occurs much more frequently than normal, and is an under-lying cause for unresolved and often decades-old genealogical research problems.

To overcome this 'pitfall' it is therefore imperative that several key reference aids and resources be used simultaneously in order to compile the most comprehensive and accurate list of all chapels of ease and chapelries throughout Liverpool. To help you, the following Comprehensive List of Liverpool St Peter's Chapelries has been compiled here:

Also part of the civil parish of Liverpool are the following district chapelries which formed the southern suburb of and also within the boundaries of Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas:

Due to its close proximity, see also Walton-on-the-Hill Parish and its chapelries, i.e. Everton. 

Liverpool also had in-ordinately large Irish population, many of which were Roman Catholic. By 1831, Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (published 1831) identified that there were at least five Roman Catholic parishes lying within its boundaries. However, on further study, here is a list all those known Roman Catholic churches within the boundaries of the city--including ten (10) of them; the Family History Library has a few of them (see hyper-links below); there were, prior to 1900, nearly 40 Catholic parishes within Liverpool proper:

Here are related links to Roman Catholics living in the City of Liverpool area:

Helpful Links: 

  1. Some of Liverpool's Nonconformist church registers, as well as many Church of England chapelry registers have also been indexed and posted online at the outstanding Lancashire "Online Parish Clerk" project.
  2. Website, "A Church Near You" provides some information on some chapelries and parishes: 
  3. - provides online access to one of the best gazetteers (topographical dictionary) for England. In the "Liverpool" entry, especially read towards the end where its churches are discussed and outlined in some detail (published about 1870; see Bibliography).
  4. Website: "Genuki" gives a list of parishes and many of their chapelries, and also some considerable detail about each, and in particular, the year when each church's history begins:


Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, by Youngs, Frederic A. Pub: The Royal Historical Society, London 1991

Topographical Dictionary of England. Lewis Samuel. Pub: Samuel A. Lewis & Co. London 1841 &1831  

A Comprehensive Gazetteer of England. Bell, James. A. Pub.: Fullarton & Co. Glasgow 1836

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. A. Fullarton & Co. Glasgow and London ca. 1869 (see also

Atlas & Index to Parish Registers. Edited by Cecil Humphrey-Smith. Pub by  Phillimore & Co. Ltd.Chichester, Sussex. 2003.

Lancashire Record Office website: see "Church Registers"

Liverpool Central Library website: search the terms--"baptisms", "marriages" or "burials", or, name of the chapel or church--if known.