Lancashire Church Records
Lancashire was comprised of 69 ancient parishes, but well over 500 extant churches prior to 1851. Recognizing that all authoritative treatises on Lancashire civil parishes differ--some much more than others--in their facts indicating extant township chapelries, several key reference publications have been used here to compile as thorough and comprehensive a list of Liverpool parishes and all associated chapelries as may be possible.
Below is as standard a list as can be identified of all Lancashire parishes and township chapelries. Also included next each parish and chapelry anem are the ecclesiastical courts which held (pre-1858) jurisdiction over them. These jurisdictions held authoritative oversight and kept additional records for such events as issuing marriage licences, bonds, allegations, oversight in ecclesiastical (church) court proceedings, probate and in other important matters pertaining to ancestry.
For all other Lancashire parishes and chapelries, click on a link:
1. The Parliamentary gazetteer of England and Wales. Dublin [Ireland] : A. Fullarton, 1846 (FHL 942 E5ful 12 vols). This topographical dictionary provides one of the most accurate historic views of parishes and their chapelries in this most complex of all England counties.
2. Youngs, Frederic A., Jr.Guide to the Local Administrative Units. London, England: Royal Historical Society, 1979, 1991. (FHL 942 C4rg no. 10, 17.) This guide helps identify Church of England ecclesiastical jurisdictions and gives an outline history of changes to the parishes.