Hey, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

LEES, or otherwise known as HEY, a hamlet, in the parish and union of Ashton-under-Lyne, and partly in Rochdale Parish, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 8½ miles northeast by east of Manchester, and 2 east by southeast from Oldham. A part of the village, which to some extent, is in Oldham chapelry, and another portion in Saddleworth Chapelry (in Rochdale Parish, which see),Yorkshire. Lees chapel, dedicated to St John, was erected in 1742. An ecclesiastical parish, named St Thomas, Leesfield, was formed in 1846, out of the parish of Ashton and the parochial chapelry of Oldham.

There are several places of worship for dissenters."[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

Online Records

Church of England

Hey chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Ashton under Lyne to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

LEES (HEY) ST JOHN Chapelry (1742) Indexes - see also Rochdale Parish
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1788-1812  No marriage registers 1758-1848, 1868-1869
LOPC None None 1867-1887
AC None None None
ASHTON UNDER LYNE ST MICHAEL(ancient parish containing HEY Chapelry)
Baptisms  (1594)        Marriages (1594)    Burials (1596)
FS 1594-1843 1754-1837 None
LOPC None 1754-1844 1892-1908
AC 1594-1720 1594-1720 1594-1720

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Hey and comprising the whole ancient parish of Ashton under Lyne to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the ASHTON UNDER LYNE ST MICHAEL PARISH page.

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.

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. 55-62. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51101 Adapted. Date accessed: 01 July 2010.