Lancaster St Thomas, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapel History

Lancaster St Thomas was created a district church or chapel in 1844 from, and lying within the boundaries of Lancaster St Mary, Lancashire ancient parish.

St Thomas' was built between 1840 and 1841 to a design by the local architect Edmund Sharpe. In 1852–53 Sharpe's successor, E. G. Paley added the northeast steeple and the chancel in a similar architectural style.

The modern parish is in the deanery of Lancaster, the archdeaconry of Lancaster and the diocese of Blackburn. The church is a Grade II listed building.

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.

St. Thomas's district church was consecrated on the 14th June, 1841. Its style is early English, and it forms a good specimen of Mr. Edmund Sharpe's acknowledged skill, for, though devoid of ornament, its proportions are symmetrical, and its appearance both within and without strikingly elegant; the edifice is of beautiful white freestone obtained in the neighbourhood, and the cost of its erection was about £3000.[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. Here are two major Internet sites with name lists or indexes: 

  1. FreeBMD.  - over 250 million births, marriages and death entries
  2. Lancashire BMD - Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

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

AC = (£)
FMP = (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

LANCASTER ST THOMAS Chapelry (1845) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1845-1859 None  None
LOPC None None None
LBMD  None 1847-2005  None
LANCASTER ST MARY'S(ancient parish containing LANCASTER ST THOMAS Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1599-1886 1599-1812  None
LOPC 1749-1900 1599-1900 1749-1881
LBMD None 1837-1998 None 
AC 1559-1748 1559-1748 1559-1748

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Lancaster St Thomas and comprising the whole ancient parish of Lancaster St Mary to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the LANCASTER ST MARY PARISH page.

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. The first film number is 306936.

Poor Law Unions

Lancaster Poor Law Union,Lancashire

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. 6-17. URL: Date accessed: 01 July 2010.