Denton, Lancashire Genealogy

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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 northeast by north of Stockport and about 5 miles from Manchester Town. The chapel, dedicated to St. James, was erected about 1530 [chapel registers commence in 1696].

Also 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.

The Wesleyans and others have places of worship."[1]

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.

St Lawrence is a timber framed church and a Grade II* listed building; it is one of only 29 surviving timber framed churches and chapels in England. The chapelry of Denton was established in 1531 with the construction of the chapel of ease, then Roman Catholic in the Diocese of Lichfield and dedicated to St James.

The church was rededicated to St Lawrence in 1839 and became a parish church in 1854. In 1872, the church was expanded and remodelled by J Medland Taylor and Henry Taylor. The church features sixteenth stained century glass. The church was restored between 1993 and 2003.


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

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

Denton- St Lawrence
Baptisms-1696-1758- MFPR 2182
Baptisms-1758-1837- MFPR 107 or MFPR 2182
Baptisms-1837-1922- MFPR 1341
Baptisms Transcript-1696-1757- 929.3272 G1
Burials-1695-1756- MFPR 2182
Burials-1757-1757- MFPR 107
Burials-1758-1812- MFPR 107 or MFPR 2182
Burials-1813-1842- MFPR 107 or MFPR 2183
Burials-1842-1893- MFPR 1343 or MFPR 2183
Burials Transcript-1695-1756- 929.3272 G1
Marriages-1698-1700- MFPR 2182
Marriages-1700-1711- Archives L204
Marriages-1711-1723- MFPR 2182
Marriages-1723-1725- Archives L204
Marriages-1725-1754- MFPR 2182
Marriages-1854-1902- MFPR 1342
Marriages-1902-1939- MFPR 1342 or MFPR 2183
Marriages Transcript-1698-1754- 929.3272 G1

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers for St. Lawrence chapelry, Denton, 1758-1950  Microfilm of original records formerly held 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.
1408757 Items 3 - 8
Baptisms, 1837-1922. Marriages, 1854-November 1902.
Marriages, November 1902-1939. Burials, 1813-1842, 1873-1893, 1842-1873
1408953 Items 1 - 7
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.
1545649 Items 2 - 4
St. Lawrence's Church: Baptisms, 1834-1848; burials, 1833-1848; Christ Church: baptisms and burials, 1848-1855.
1545650 Item 1

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

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

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

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