Eccles, Lancashire Genealogy

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Here is A Comprehensive List of Chapelries in Eccles St Mary Parish

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Parish History

Eccles St Mary is an Ancient Parish in the county of Lancashire.

Other places in the parish include: Boothstown, Weaste, Cadishead, Charleston, Clifton, Croft, Dumplington, Ellenbrook, Foxhill, Higher Irlam, Hope, Irlam, Little Houghton, Lostock, Lower Irlam, Monton, Patricoft, Walkden, and Boysnope.

ECCLES St Mary de Eccles, a parish, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 4 miles west from Manchester; containing, with the townships of Barton-upon-Irwell, Clifton, Pendlebury, and Worsley, and the chapelry of Pendleton. There are numerous villages; that of Eccles is in Barton township. The church, once belonged to Whalley Abbey, but at the Dissolution was made parochial. Seven additional churches have been erected, viz.: at Barton, Ellenbrook, Pendlebury, Pendleton, Swinton, Walkden-Moor, and Worsley.

Places of worship were built for Independents, Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists, Methodists of the New Connexion, Swedenborgians, Unitarians, and Roman Catholics.[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.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church records

Online Records

The parish of St Mary's Eccles (with parish registers commencing in the year 1563) has much online data which is now accessible to view and not only for its own parish registers but for many of its attached chapelries as well. These parish and chapel registers are now available for the following chapels and range of years:

Eccles St Mary - 1563
Barton-upon-Irwell - 1843
Ellenbrook - 1760
Pendlebury - 1842
Pendleton - 1776
Swinton -1791
Walkden Moor St Paul - 1839
Worsley - 1846
Paddington -1846

[Note: FS =;  LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk; AC =]

Baptisms Marriages Burials 
FS 1564-1632 1564-1632 None
LOPC 1819-1848  1565-1873 1810-1842
AC 1563-1666 1563-1666 1563-1663
ECCLES ST JAMES Chapelry (1878) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None 1880-1948  None
AC None None None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1844-1850 None 1844-1850
AC None None None
Baptisms Marriages  Burials 
FS   None None None
LOPC  1768-1852 None None
AC  None None None
PENDLEBURY ST AUGUSTINE Chapelry (1874) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC  None None
AC None None None
PENDLEBURY CHURST CHURCH Chapelry (1859) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages  Burials
FS  None None
LOPC  None None None
AC None None None
  Baptisms Marriages   Burials 
FS  None    
LOPC   None None
AC  None None None
Chapelry () Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS   None None
LOPC None None
AC None None None
PATICROFT Chapelry () Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS  None None None
LOPC  None None None
AC None None None
 St Chapelry (1756) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
LOPC None None None
FS 1756-1822 None None
AC None None None
SWINTON ST PETER Chapelry (17) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages  Burials 
LOPC 1776-1906 1864-1906 1777-1867
AC None None None
FS 1782-1822 No marr reg. till 1864 None
 Chapelry (1841) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
LOPC  1846-1930 1841-1901  1846-1901 
FS None None None
AC None None None

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. for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Salford, 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

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

Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 136-139. URL: Adapted. Date accessed: 29 June 2010.