Gressingham, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Gressingham St John the Evangelist is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1725 from chapelry in Lancaster [St Mary] Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Eskrigg.

St John the Evangelist's Church was originally built in the 12th century and is a Grade I listed building. It was partly rebuilt in 1734, and restored by Edward Paley in 1862.

GRESSINGHAM, a chapelry, in the parish of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of Lancashire, 8 miles (N. E.) from Lancaster; containing 185 inhabitants. A family of the same name was seated here at a very early period; and mention is made of several families who subsequently held lands within the township, amongst them the De Burghs, in the reign of Henry III., and Stanleys, in that of Elizabeth. The place is situated on the west side of the river Lune, and has some beautiful sites for building, with fine views of Hornby Castle, the vale of the Lune, Ingleborough, and other distant Yorkshire hills. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar of Lancaster; net income, £80, with a house; impropriator, Francis Pearson, Esq., of Kirkby-Lonsdale, in right of his ancient estate of Gressingham Hall. The church is an old structure, with a square tower, and fine Saxon porch, and contains two small brasses.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 338-340. URL: Date accessed: 01 July 2010.


Civil Registration

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Probate records

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