Hollinfare, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Hollinfare St Helen was created a chapel of ease by 1654, in the township of Rixton cum Glazebrook; it later became an ecclesiatical parish [or chapelry] in Warrington parish. Hollingfare was historically within the Winwick deanery Diocese of Chester and later part of the Diocese of Liverpool. It is part of the Winwick deanery in the modern Diocese of Liverpool and forms a united benefice with Warrington All Saints.

RIXTON, with Glazebrook, a township, in the parish and union of Warrington, hundred of West Derby, S. division of Lancashire, 5½ miles (E. by N.) from Warrington; containing 843 inhabitants, of whom 410 are in the hamlet of Rixton. In the reign of John this was the seat of a family of the local name, the last male descendant of whom was Alan Rixton, in the reign of Edward III. His heiress married Sir Hamon Massey, second son of Hugh Massey, of Tatton, Cheshire; and this family held the lordship until 1760, when Francis Massey died, leaving three co-heiresses: the eldest of these married into the Tempest family, of Broughton, Yorkshire, who became the principal owners here. The township is situated on the Mersey, and comprises 2692 acres, of which 650 are common or waste land. A quarry of rough stone produces a good material for flooring. The road from Liverpool to Manchester passes through. A small collection of dwellings here is called Fisherton, or Fishertown, the "Piscaria of Glazebrook" frequently mentioned in ancient inquisitions. Hollin's Green, formerly called Hollingfare or Hollinferry, is a rural village in the township, on the bank of the river; and gives name to a chapelry, of which the living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Rector of Warrington; income, £136. The chapel was erected in 1835, and is a plain edifice of brick. The Roman Catholics have a place of worship; and a school is supported by subscription. A chalybeate spring here is strongly impregnated, but it is not much used.

From: Samuel A. Lewis'  A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 679-686. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51241 Date accessed: 09 March 2011.

The priests’ board fixed to the north wall shows a chantry chapel was established on this site by the then Lord of the Manor of Rixton, Hamlet Mascy, in 1497. A daughter church of St Elphin in Warrington, it was dedicated to St Helen, that church’s original patron saint.

It was extensively rebuilt in the 1700's and had subsequent restoration in the 1870's before establishment as a parish Church.

The cupola bell tower dates the rebuilding  it was not until 1778 that the bell was installed. It is inscribed John Wright.

Due to its proximity to the historic county of Cheshire and ecclesiastical link to Chester Diocese confusion arises as to which county it belongs to. Although often described as part of Cheshire it was always in the county of Lancashire. Winwick is a village and civil parish in the borough of Warrington. Until 1 April 1974, Winwick was administered as part of Lancashire with the rest of north Warrington. Since then it is part of the ceremonial county of Cheshire.

These County boundary changes were to make Warrington non-contiguous with Lancashire, under the local government reforms of 1974, Warrington, incorporating Lymm Urban District and part of Runcorn Rural District from Cheshire, and part of Warrington Rural District, was made a borough within Cheshire County Council.

On April 1, 1998 Warrington became an independent unitary authority, though it is still served by Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, and forms part of Cheshire for ceremonial purposes, such as the Lord Lieutenancy. The current borders of Warrington Borough cover the former County Borough of Warrington, Lymm Urban District, Warrington Rural District and part of Golborne Urban District, part of Runcorn Rural District and part of Whiston Rural District.


Registration District

  • Warrington

registration events for Hollinfare St Helens may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church Records

Cheshire Record Office reference P 295 Hollinfare Parish Date 17th century - 20th century Description Registers: Christenings 1654-1953, Marriages 1654-1987, Burials 1654-1943. Records other than registers 1755-1981


Parish registers, 1659-1900 Microfilm of typescripts in possession of Archives Centre, Salford.Includes indexes by name, place, and occupation. Hollinfare is a chapelry in the parish of Warrington. The name of the church is St. Helen's.

Parish Registers Content FHL Film
Baptismal registers, 1659-1872. Marriage registers, 1875-1900. Burial registers, 1709-1890. BRITISH 1786533 Items 2-6

Bishop's transcripts for Hollinfare, 1800-1870 Hollinfare is a chapelry in the parish of Warrington. Microfilm of original records in the Lancashire Record Office, Preston, England.

Bishop's Transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, 1800-1813, 1815-1838. BRITISH 1469048 Item 4
Hollinfare: Baptisms, burials, 1839-1856, 1858-1870. Padgate: Baptisms, burials, 1841, 1846-1861. BRITISH 1469049 Item 1

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.

Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)

Poor Law Union

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

http://www.liverpool.anglican.org/index.php?p=390 Winwick Deanery Diocese of Liverpool

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_churches_in_Cheshire List of Churches in Cheshire