Friezeland, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Friezeland, Cheshire 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.

For more information and records see Friezeland, Yorkshire.

Parish History

Friezeland see Saddleworth; Saddleworth is a hamlet, a chapelry, a township, and a district, in Rochdale parish and W R. Yorkshire. Saddleworth-with-Quick; is divided into four meres or quarters, called Friar mere, Lord's mere, Quick mere, and Shaw mere; contains the villages of Upper Mill, Dobcross Delph, and Greenfield, a number of hamlets, and parts of the villages of Lees, Besides the chapelry of Saddleworth, it contains the chapelries of Dobcross, Lydgate, and Friar-Mere, and parts of the chapelries of Friezland and Hay.[1]

Friezeland Christ Church is an Ecclesiastical Parish partly in the county of Cheshire and mostly in Yorkshire, created in 1848 from Saddleworth Ecclesiastical Parish and Lydgate Ecclesiastical Parish (both in Yorkshire) and Stalybridge St Paul  Ecclesiastical Parish (in Cheshire). Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Friezland lies between the village of Grasscroft and nearby town of Mossley.

Friezland was, in earlier times, a hamlet in Saddleworth, in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. It is situated four miles east of the town of Oldham. The chapelry of Friezland at one time was in the parish of Rochdale.

Historically part of the Diocese of Chester until the creation of the Diocese Of Manchester.


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.

Church records

Friezeland Christ Church parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts

Friezeland Christ Church Parish (1849) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Church of England. Chapelry of Friezland (Lancashire), Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah : Salt Lake City, Utah, 1990 on 2 microfilm reels, microreproduction of original records housed at the Central Library, Oldham.

Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L262/DRO 1-

Baptisms, 1849-1974. Burials, 1850-1934. Marriages, 1889-1908. FHL BRITISH Film 1656443 Items 1 - 4
Baptisms, 1849-1931 (another filming). Marriages, 1850-1889. Burials, 1850-1934. FHL BRITISH Film 1408572 Items 7 - 9

Non Conformist Churches


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage a nd death indexes available:

Registration Districts

  • Ashton under Lyne

Poor Law Unions

  • Ashton under Lyne

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

see also England Cheshire Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Web sites


  1. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) adapted 1 March 2013
Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.