East Crompton, Lancashire Genealogy

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East Crompton St James

Chapelry History

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

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

"CROMPTON, a township, in the borough, parochial chapelry, and union of Oldham, parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 3 miles (N. by E.) from Oldham; containing, with the villages of Shaw, High Compton, and Cowlishaw, 6729 inhabitants. This, the most northern part of the chapelry, has the largest population of any of the townships connected with Oldham, and its growth in trade has fully kept pace with the other parts of this flourishing district. A bleak situation, and somewhat sterile soil, have produced a race of hardy and laborious men, and the close connexion with Saddleworth has given to the people much of the manners and character which prevail in that hilly country. The population is employed in the spinning and manufacture of cotton, the making of hats, and in collieries and stone-quarries. The ancient mansion of Crompton Hall, having fallen into decay, has lately been rebuilt by the owner, Henry Travis Milne, Esq., a descendant of the feudal family of Crompton. Shaw, which lies on the east side of the village of Crompton, has a parochial chapel. The former edifice was of great antiquity, and was twice enlarged and re-edified during the last century; the present structure was built in the latter part of it, by subscription, aided by a grant. The living is a perpetual curacy in the patronage of the Rector of Prestwich; net income, £250. In 1845 a district or parish was formed under the 6th and 7th of Victoria, cap. 37, called East Crompton; and a church, dedicated to St. James, was built in 1847: the edifice is in the pointed style, with a tower, and contains 586 sittings. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £150; patrons, the Crown and the Bishop of Chester, alternately. The tithes of the township have been commuted for £93. There are various places of worship for dissenters; and several schools."

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


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 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

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

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.

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Web sites

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