Glodwick, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Glodwick Christ Church was created a chapelry in 1844 from Prestwich Parish.

Glodwick, one of the oldest parts of Oldham, was recorded in 1212 as being one of five parts of the thegnage estate of Kaskenmoor, which was held on behalf of King John by Roger de Montbegon and William de Nevill.The other parts of this estate were Crompton, Oldham, Sholver and Werneth.Glodwick later formed part of the township of Oldham within the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, in the hundred of Salford.

In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, Glodwick provided a base for many of the cotton mills that made Oldham the most productive mill town in the world. Spinning companies like Samuel Milne, James Collinge & Sons and Bagley & Wright brought employment to the area

"GLODWICK, a district chapel and one of about 11 such churches, standing with in the parochial chapelry and poor-law union of Oldham, and all laying within the parish boundary of Prestwich, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, ¾ of a mile southeast of Oldham. The church, dedicated to Christ [Church], was built in 1843." The following chapels formed the Oldham Parochial Chapelry, and searches must be conducted in these if your ancestors' name does not appear in Glodwick Christ Church chapel registers:  Oldham St Peter (1765), Oldham St James (1829), Oldham St Mary (1558), Hollinwood (1835), Royton (1835), Shaw (1835), Chadderton St John, Chadderton St Matthew, Coldhurst, East Crompton, Waterhead, and Werneth, which see. Subsequently a second chapelry was formed in Glodwick, called Glodwick St Mark in 1876.

There were places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Kilhamites, Moravians, Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists, Unitarians, and Roman Catholics. [1]


On 20 May 1962, following the closure of Christ Church in Hamilton Street, the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt. Rev. William Greer, led members of the church in procession to a point on Glodwick Road where the Parish boundaries met; whereupon they joined with a similar session from St. Mark's and went together to worship in the latter church. To commemorate the amalgamation of the two parishes, a chapel dedicated to Our Lady and Christ the King was formed in the south aisle at St Mark’s. The chapel was dedicated by the Bishop of Manchester on 17 September 1967.


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

Church of England

Glodwick Christ Church 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 = (£)
FMP = (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

GLODWICK CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1844) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1844-1910 1845-1902 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1845-1974 None
PRESTWICH ST MARY PARISH (1600) Indexes (ancient parish containing GLODWICK CHRIST CHURCH 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 Glodwick Christ Church and comprising the whole ancient parish of Prestwich to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the PRESTWICH ST MARY PARISH page.

Parish registers for Christ Church, Glodwick, 1844-1938 Microfilm of original records formerly hedl at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
Glodwick is a chapelry in Prestwich parish. It later became a parish. The church was known as Christ Church.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L 47/2/1/1-3, L 47/2/2/1-5.

Baptisms, 1844-1931. Marriages, 1845-Aug. 1902.
Marriages, June 1902-1938.
2355939 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. The first film number is 306932.

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

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Web sites for details of the parish for image of the church before demolition


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 298-301. URL: Date accessed: 01 July 2010.