Lancashire Ancient Parishes

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England Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Parishes
Below is the list of the approximately 75 ancient parishes (with links) that comprise Lancashire. Each parish link contains a treasure of information--including information about the creation of and parish/chapel history, about census records, civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, and  numerous church record links to parish online data from baptism, marriage and burial (and etc) registers.

The county's 75 parishes, unlike most other England counties, possessed just over 400 chapelries. These smaller chapels (chapelries) subdivided each parish to which they were attached with Manchester possessing by far the greatest number of chapels within its boundary (with approximately 150, by 1885!), and making it England's largest parish.

Click the link (below) to find out which chapelries were attached to each ancient parish and then be certain to search for your ancestor in not only the parish registers but in all of those chapelries (their registers as well) which are attached to each ancient parish.

You can click a "Comprehensive List of Chapelries" link in each Parish page to view and printout a list of chapelries attached to the parish.

Key Strategies:

  1. Where available, always search indexes first.
  2. For the sake of thoroughness in research, always search parish registers; then search the registers of each attached chapels as well.

These are "must-do" steps, in order to locate and prove Lancashire ancestral connections in especially the pre-Civil Registration period (pre-1837).

Aldingham Altcar Ashton in Makerfield St Thomas (became a parish in 1845)
Ashton under Lyne St Michael Aughton   Bispham
Blackburn St Mary Bolton le Moors St Peter Bolton le Sands
Brindle Bury St Mary Cartmel
Childwall Chorley St Laurence Claughton St Chad
Cockerham  Colton Croft with Southworth
Croston Dalton in Furness Deane
Eccles Eccleston St Mary (near Croston) Flixton
Garstang Golborne Halsall
Halton Hawkshead Hesketh with Becconsall
Heysham Hoole Huyton
Kirkby Ireleth Kirkham Lancaster St Mary
Leigh Leyland Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas
Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys Melling Middleton
Mitton St Michael Newchurch North Meols
Ormskirk Pennington Penwortham
Poulton le Fylde Prescot Preston St John
Prestwich St Mary Radcliffe St Mary Ribchester
Rochdale St Chad Rufford Sefton
St Michael on Wyre Standish Tarleton
Tatham Thornton in Lonsdale Tunstal
Ulverston St Mary Urswick  Walton on the Hill St Mary
Warrington St Elphin Warton (near Lancaster) Whalley
Whittington Wigan All Saints Winwick