Great Lever, Lancashire Genealogy

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St Michaels church, Great Lever.jpg

Chapelry History

Great Lever, St Michael, was created a district church or chapelry in 1851 from, and lying within the boundaries of Middleton, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

"LEVER, GREAT, a township, in the parish of Middleton, union of Bolton, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 1½ mile (S.) from Bolton. A church was completed in 1848."[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

Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Great Lever- St Michael
Baptisms-1851-1907- MFPR 606
Baptisms-1907-1930- MFPR 2035
Baptisms-1930-1997- Archives L65/1
Burials-1851-1928- MFPR 607
Burials-1928-2004- MFPR 2035
Marriages-1851-1924- MFPR 606
Marriages-1924-1950- MFPR 2035
Marriages-1950-1990- Archives L65/1

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers for the chapelry of Great Lever, 1851-1966 Microfilm copy of originals formerly held at the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.Great Lever is a township-chapelry in Middleton parish. The church is known as St. Michael's.
Manchester Central Library call nos.: L65/1/1/1, L65/1/2/1-3, L65/1/3/1-3.

Baptisms, 1851-1907. Marriages, 1851-1924.
Burials, 1851-1928.
Baptisms, 1907-1930. Marriages, 1924-1950. Burials, 1928-1966.
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Census records 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Web sites British History Online Great Lever


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 74-78. URL: Adapted. Date accessed: 01 July 2010.