East Crompton, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to East Crompton, Lancashire family history and genealogy. Parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites.

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Chapelry History

East Crompton Saint James was created a chapelry in 1845, lying within Prestwich ancient parish.

Other places in the parish include: Cowlishaw and High Crompton.

"CROMPTON, a township,in the borough, parochialchapelry (with at least two separate district chapels), and union of Oldham, in the parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 3 miles north by east from Oldham; containing, with the villages of Shaw, High Compton, and Cowlishaw.

In 1845 a district chapel was erected, called East Crompton; and a church, dedicated to St. James, was built in 1847."[1]


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

Online Records

Church of England

East Crompton chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Prestwich to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

EAST CROMPTON ST JAMES Chapelry (1845) Indexes - see also SHAW
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1845-1910 1845-1938 1847-1928
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1847-1974 None
PRESTWICH ST MARY PARISH (1600) Indexes (ancient parish containing EAST CROMPTON Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1603-1910 1600-1935 1712-1921
LOPC 1603-1936 1603-1895 1603-1921
LBMD 1837-1902 1837-1925 1837-1877
FMP None 1603-1712 None
AC 1603-1711 1603-1711 1603-1711

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding East Crompton and comprising the whole ancient parish of Prestwich to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the PRESTWICH PARISH page.

Parish registers for East Crompton, 1845-1964 Microfilm of original records formerly held at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
East Crompton was a chapelry in Crompton township, Prestwich parish. It became an ecclesiastical parish in 1844. The church is known as St. James'.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L 216.

Baptisms, 1845-1935.
2356151 Items 3 - 5
Marriages, 1847-Aug. 1938.
Marriages, Aug. 1938-1951. Burials, 1847-1928, 1954, 1964.
2356153 Items 1 - 3

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53008 British History online Crompton


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 729-733. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50906 Adapted. Date accessed: 29 June 2010.