Denton, Lancashire Genealogy

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Denton Th'Owd peg St Lawrence

Chapelry History

DENTON, a chapelry, in the parish of Manchester, union of Ashton-under-Lyne, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 3¾ miles (N. E. by N.) from Stockport; containing 3440 inhabitants. It lies west of the river Tame, on the road from Stockport to Ashton-under-Lyne, and contains 1630 acres of land. The village, which is five miles distant from Manchester, probably derived its name from Dane-town, an etymology countenanced by the appellations of Danehead-bank and Daneditch-bourne, places in the neighbourhood. The manufacture of hats, both for the home trade and exportation, is carried on upon a large scale; and coal is obtained at several places within the chapelry. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Grosvenor family; net income, £135; impropriators, the Dean and Canons of Manchester. The chapel, dedicated to St. James, was erected about 1530, and has portions in the early and decorated English styles, with some fragments of stained glass in the windows. A church district, comprising part of the township of Denton, and part of that of Haughton, and called Christ-Church, was formed in April, 1846, under the act 6 and 7 Victoria, cap. 37; the population of the district is about 4000, and the living is in the gift of the Crown and the Bishop of Chester, alternately. The Wesleyans and others have places of worship.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 28-32. URL: Date accessed: 29 June 2010.

Th'Owd Peg as it is known locally due to the timber frame construction St Lawrence Denton  was founded in 1468.

Originally the timber-framed structure was neither a parish church nor dedicated to St. Lawrence. It began as a chapel of ease for the medieval manor of Denton within the Parish of Manchester, dedicated to St. James. It became a parish church under the name St. Lawrence in 1839.

The Church was dedicated to St. Lawrence as a result of the discovery within the structure of fragments of glass depicting the martyrdom of St. Lawrence. These fragments are now incorporated into a window on the south side of the sanctuary.


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.

Church records

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Parish registers for St. Lawrence chapelry, Denton, 1758-1950  Microfilm of original records in the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, and the church of St. Lawrence, Denton, England.
Denton is a chapelry in the parish of Manchester. This chapelry is known as St. Lawrence. Manchester Archives Central Library call no.: L204.

Baptisms, 1696-1724; marriages, 1698-1700, 1711-1723; burials, 1695-1725. Baptisms, 1724-1757; marriages, 1725-1754; burials, 1725-1756. Baptisms, burials, 1758-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1837.
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Baptisms, 1837-1922. Marriages, 1854-November 1902.
Marriages, November 1902-1939. Burials, 1813-1842, 1873-1893, 1842-1873
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Baptisms, 1758-1837. Burials, 1758-1842. (another filming)
Baptisms, 1829-1886 (another filming).
Baptisms, 1883-1910 (another filming). Burials, 1813-1842 (another filming). Burials, 1842-1950
Marriages, 1854-1915 (another filming).

Bishop's transcripts for St. Lawrence Chapelry, Denton, 1700-1855 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston. The chapelries of St. Lawrence and Christ Church are in the township of Denton, parish of Manchester.Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/208a-208b

St. Lawrence's Church: Baptisms 1700, 1723-1833; Marriages, 1723; Burials, 1700, 1723-1832.
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St. Lawrence's Church: Baptisms, 1834-1848; burials, 1833-1848; Christ Church: baptisms and burials, 1848-1855.
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Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for the parish: baptism transcripts including surname index burial transcripts including surname index

Census records

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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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Web sites

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