Didsbury, Lancashire Genealogy

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Didsbury Christ Church contributor Anthony Parkes

Church History

Didsbury Christ Church was created as an Ecclesisatical Parish in 1882 from Didsbury St James, Lancashire Ecclesiastical Parish within the Diocese of Manchester.

William Roberts was a brewer in Manchester and owned the Crown Brewery in Hulme in 1851. In the 1870s he employed 62 men and lived at Oaks Farm which occupied the site which is now St. Ambrose's Church.

During the 1860s and 70s the area between Palatine Road and Burton Road was developed and St. Luke’s Church was built as a chapel-of-ease for Didsbury St James, Lancashire. Plans were in hand for the creation of a new parish and a group of residents obtained an option of a site at the corner of Burton Road and Barlow Moor Road (the site of the Burton Road Mosque). At this point Mr. Roberts offered to build a church and rectory at his own expense but insisted on the present site, the corner of Darley Avenue and Princess Road.
In 1881 he was still living on the Chorlton/Didsbury boarder and would have watched the building of the Church and Rectory,


Civil Registration

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Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/

Church records

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Didsbury- Christ Church
Banns-1882-1955- MFPR 2174
Baptisms-1882-1931- MFPR 2173
Baptisms-1905-1930- MFPR 2173 (St Mary's Chapel)
Baptisms-1931-1959- Archives M652
Marriages-1882-1931- MFPR 2173
Marriages-1931-1954- MFPR 2174
Marriages-1954-1984- Archives M652

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers for Christ Church, Didsbury, 1882-1956 Microfilm of original records formerly held at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
Didsbury was a chapelry in Manchester parish.Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: M652/DRO 1-2, 4-5, 10-11.

Baptisms, 1882-1931, 1905-1930 (St. Mary's chapel). Marriages, 1882-1931.
1408609 Items 4 - 9
Marriages, 1931-1954. Banns of marriages, 1882-1900, 1926-1956.

Census records

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http://www.1881pubs.com/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Chorlton Poor Law 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.

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