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Return to the [[Lancashire|Lancashire]] page.  
 
Return to the [[Lancashire|Lancashire]] page.  
  
Lancashire originally and from early&nbsp;times was divided into approximately 70 ancient parishes, making this county unique compared to all of England's other counties, almost without exception.&nbsp;England's other counties, i.e. Cornwall were comprised of&nbsp;hundreds of parishes, including&nbsp;some of the lesser populated ones. By contrast, Lancashire was comprised ecclesiastically of a mere 70 parishes, but nearly 500 chapels of ease (sometimes called chapelries)--''<u>all attached</u>'' to each ancient parish! On average, each Lancashire ancient parish, had at least 8 chapelries attached to it!&nbsp;  
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Lancashire from early&nbsp;times was divided into approximately 71 ancient parishes, making this county unique compared to the rest&nbsp;of England's&nbsp;counties,&nbsp;without exception.&nbsp;England's other counties, i.e. Cornwall were comprised of&nbsp;hundreds of parishes, including&nbsp;some of the lesser populated ones. By contrast, Lancashire was comprised ecclesiastically of a mere 71 parishes, but nearly 500 chapels of ease (sometimes called chapelries)--''<u>all attached</u>'' to each ancient parish! On average, each Lancashire ancient parish, had at least 8 chapelries attached to it!&nbsp;  
  
By the 19th Century, Lancashire&nbsp;had become&nbsp;one of England's most populated counties, due mostly to the Industrial Revolution. To handle the dramatic population explosion within its county boundaries, the Established Church, that is the Church of England, created hundreds of chapels of ease (or chapelries) in order to handle the county's burdgeoning populations.&nbsp;  
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Due mostly to the Industrial Revolution, by the 19th Century, Lancashire&nbsp;had become&nbsp;one of England's most populated counties. To handle the dramatic population explosion within its county boundaries, the Established Church, that is the Church of England, created hundreds of chapels of ease (or chapelries) and district churches.&nbsp;  
  
Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project&nbsp;aims to extract and preserve the records from various parish and provide free online access to the transcriptions. [http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/ To learn more and access their database visit their site].
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'''Note to all Lancashire Researchers''':  
  
'''Note to all Lancashire Researchers''': The list below, of Lancashire's parishes and chapels of ease (chapelries, district chapels, parochial chapelries,etc) is '''''not''&nbsp;''' a complete list. Unlike&nbsp;other England counties (except Cheshire, Greater London and most big cities), identifying, listing and then researching in Lancashire parishes requires you to identify&nbsp;''all'' chapelries&nbsp;attached to each ancient parish. Until now, this&nbsp;was quite difficult to accomplish, and yet&nbsp;''critical'' in order to conduct&nbsp;more thorough research in Lancashire.&nbsp;Lancashire's parishes average close to 8 chapelries each.&nbsp;<u>No ''single'' reference aid, tool, or source is complete or accurate in identifying all chapels of ease within each ancient parish.</u> So, to help you determine&nbsp;all chapelries within an ancient parish,&nbsp;see or view the [["Lancashire Ancient Parishes"]] page or, just click on any&nbsp;of&nbsp;the ancient parishes listed below (see double asterisked ["**"] names below); then&nbsp;click the "''Comprehensive List of Parishes and Chapelries''" link found at the top of each&nbsp;parish's ''main page''.
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The following list of Lancashire's parishes and chapels of ease (chapelries, district chapels, parochial chapelries,etc) is '''''not'''''<i>yet</i>'''&nbsp;'''a complete list. So, to help you determine&nbsp;all chapelries within an ancient parish,&nbsp;see or view the [["Lancashire Ancient Parishes"]] page or, just click on any&nbsp;of&nbsp;the ancient parishes listed below (see double asterisked ["**"] names below); then&nbsp;click the "''Comprehensive List of Parishes and Chapelries''" link found at the top of each&nbsp;parish's ''main page''.Unlike&nbsp;other England counties (except Cheshire, Greater London and most big cities), identifying, listing and then researching in Lancashire parishes requires you to identify&nbsp;''all'' chapelries&nbsp;attached to each ancient parish. Until now, this&nbsp;was quite difficult to accomplish, and yet&nbsp;''critical'' in order to conduct&nbsp;more thorough research in Lancashire.&nbsp;Lancashire's parishes average close to 8 chapelries each.&nbsp;<u>But no&nbsp;''single'' reference aid, tool, or source is complete or accurate in identifying all chapels of ease within each ancient parish.</u>&nbsp;  
  
 
''These "Comprehensive Lists", links found in each parish's Main page, are printable and provide as&nbsp;complete&nbsp;a study as may be compiled, of '''all''' chapels and chapelries attached to and standing within each parish, with their beginning dates and links to their records availability--all critical for conducting thorough research within each parish. After&nbsp;completing a search in the original ancient parish registers, be certain to ask yourself if you have also searched in each chapelry attached to the parish as listed in the "Comprehensive Lists"&nbsp;of parishes and chapels. To not follow this strategy in your research will result in&nbsp;less&nbsp;thorough searching, and failure to solve your research problems or objectives. These lists will greatly&nbsp;aid&nbsp;you as you attempt to progress your research into surrounding, contiguous chapelries,&nbsp;and then the next nearby&nbsp;parishes.''&nbsp;Incomplete lists of&nbsp;chapels and chapelries&nbsp;lying within an ancient&nbsp;parish is a major&nbsp;reason many&nbsp;researchers&nbsp;have&nbsp;decades-old 'brickwall'&nbsp;problems in tracing ancestral lines&nbsp;in of Lancashire!  
 
''These "Comprehensive Lists", links found in each parish's Main page, are printable and provide as&nbsp;complete&nbsp;a study as may be compiled, of '''all''' chapels and chapelries attached to and standing within each parish, with their beginning dates and links to their records availability--all critical for conducting thorough research within each parish. After&nbsp;completing a search in the original ancient parish registers, be certain to ask yourself if you have also searched in each chapelry attached to the parish as listed in the "Comprehensive Lists"&nbsp;of parishes and chapels. To not follow this strategy in your research will result in&nbsp;less&nbsp;thorough searching, and failure to solve your research problems or objectives. These lists will greatly&nbsp;aid&nbsp;you as you attempt to progress your research into surrounding, contiguous chapelries,&nbsp;and then the next nearby&nbsp;parishes.''&nbsp;Incomplete lists of&nbsp;chapels and chapelries&nbsp;lying within an ancient&nbsp;parish is a major&nbsp;reason many&nbsp;researchers&nbsp;have&nbsp;decades-old 'brickwall'&nbsp;problems in tracing ancestral lines&nbsp;in of Lancashire!  
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While the list (below) indicates most of Lancashire's churches including the 70 ancient parishes (**), it is in the "Comprehensive Lists" that you find as complete and thorough&nbsp;a list of all chapelries which are attached to that&nbsp;ancient parish''':'''  
 
While the list (below) indicates most of Lancashire's churches including the 70 ancient parishes (**), it is in the "Comprehensive Lists" that you find as complete and thorough&nbsp;a list of all chapelries which are attached to that&nbsp;ancient parish''':'''  
  
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<br>Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project&nbsp;aims to extract and preserve the records from various parish and provide free online access to the transcriptions. [http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/ To learn more&nbsp;visit their site].
  
 
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*[[Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill, Lancashire|Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill]]  
 
*[[Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill, Lancashire|Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill]]  
 
*[[Walton Breck]]  
 
*[[Walton Breck]]  
*[[Wardle St James, Lancashire|Wardle St James]] - see also Hundersfield
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*[[Wardle St James, Lancashire|Wardle St James]] - see also Hundersfield  
 
*[[Wardleworth St James, Lancashire|Wardleworth St James]]  
 
*[[Wardleworth St James, Lancashire|Wardleworth St James]]  
 
*[[Wardleworth St Mary, Lancashire|Wardleworth St Mary]]  
 
*[[Wardleworth St Mary, Lancashire|Wardleworth St Mary]]  

Revision as of 15:16, 26 March 2012

Return to the Lancashire page.

Lancashire from early times was divided into approximately 71 ancient parishes, making this county unique compared to the rest of England's counties, without exception. England's other counties, i.e. Cornwall were comprised of hundreds of parishes, including some of the lesser populated ones. By contrast, Lancashire was comprised ecclesiastically of a mere 71 parishes, but nearly 500 chapels of ease (sometimes called chapelries)--all attached to each ancient parish! On average, each Lancashire ancient parish, had at least 8 chapelries attached to it! 

Due mostly to the Industrial Revolution, by the 19th Century, Lancashire had become one of England's most populated counties. To handle the dramatic population explosion within its county boundaries, the Established Church, that is the Church of England, created hundreds of chapels of ease (or chapelries) and district churches. 

Note to all Lancashire Researchers:

The following list of Lancashire's parishes and chapels of ease (chapelries, district chapels, parochial chapelries,etc) is notyet a complete list. So, to help you determine all chapelries within an ancient parish, see or view the "Lancashire Ancient Parishes" page or, just click on any of the ancient parishes listed below (see double asterisked ["**"] names below); then click the "Comprehensive List of Parishes and Chapelries" link found at the top of each parish's main page.Unlike other England counties (except Cheshire, Greater London and most big cities), identifying, listing and then researching in Lancashire parishes requires you to identify all chapelries attached to each ancient parish. Until now, this was quite difficult to accomplish, and yet critical in order to conduct more thorough research in Lancashire. Lancashire's parishes average close to 8 chapelries each. But no single reference aid, tool, or source is complete or accurate in identifying all chapels of ease within each ancient parish. 

These "Comprehensive Lists", links found in each parish's Main page, are printable and provide as complete a study as may be compiled, of all chapels and chapelries attached to and standing within each parish, with their beginning dates and links to their records availability--all critical for conducting thorough research within each parish. After completing a search in the original ancient parish registers, be certain to ask yourself if you have also searched in each chapelry attached to the parish as listed in the "Comprehensive Lists" of parishes and chapels. To not follow this strategy in your research will result in less thorough searching, and failure to solve your research problems or objectives. These lists will greatly aid you as you attempt to progress your research into surrounding, contiguous chapelries, and then the next nearby parishes. Incomplete lists of chapels and chapelries lying within an ancient parish is a major reason many researchers have decades-old 'brickwall' problems in tracing ancestral lines in of Lancashire!

While the list (below) indicates most of Lancashire's churches including the 70 ancient parishes (**), it is in the "Comprehensive Lists" that you find as complete and thorough a list of all chapelries which are attached to that ancient parish:


Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project aims to extract and preserve the records from various parish and provide free online access to the transcriptions. To learn more visit their site.