Haslingden, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

HASLINGDEN, a market-town and parochial chapelry, and the head of a union, in the parish of Whalley, Higher and Lower divisions of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 17 miles north of Manchester. This chapelry, which is divided into four parts, namely, Haslingden, Henheads, and Higher and Lower Booths. Haslingden St James was erected and in operation by the year 1598 and was a parochial chapelry. As such, it also held ecclesiastical jurisdiction over the chapels in the church districts at both Rawtenstall and Higher Booths, which see.

In this township were numerous dissenting groups, including places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Primitive Methodists, Roman Catholics, Unitarians, Society of Friends, Wesleyan Methodists, Sandemanians, and Swedenborgians.[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.

Church records

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Census records

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


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 435-441. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51013 Adapted. Date accessed: 01 July 2010.