Leesfield, Lancashire Genealogy

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Leesfield St Thomas the Apostle contributor Alexander P Kapp

Chapelry History

Leesfield St Thomas was created a chapelry in 1846 from, and lying within the boundaries of both Prestwich and Ashton under Lyne St Michael, Lancashire ancient parishes.

"LEESFIELD, a parochial chapelry in Prestwich and Ashton-under-Lyne parishes, Lancashire; containing the post office village of Lees, and including a portion of Oldham borough. It was constituted in 1846. Pop. in 1861,5,358. Houses, 1,066. Pop. of the Prestwich portion, 1,902. Houses, 374. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £300. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church was built in 1848, at a cost of £5,200; is in the later English style; and has a fine tower. There are chapels for New Connexion Methodists, Primitive Methodists, and Brethren. There are also national schools and a large British school; and the former were built shortly before 1865, at a cost of £1,500."

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1872)


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. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church records

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Parish registers for Leesfield, 1846-1996 Microfilm of original records formerly held at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
The chapelry of Leesfield is in the parishes of Prestwich and Ashton-under-Lyne. The church is known as St. Thomas'.
Manchester Archives Central Library call no.: L 251.

Baptisms, 1846-1908. Burials, 1848-1905. Marriages, 1848-1873.
Marriages, 1873-1915.
1656521 Items 1 - 3
Baptisms, 1846-Aug. 1882 (another filming), Aug. 1909-1941.
2356098 Items 7 - 9
Marriages, 1915-1950. Burials, 1972-1996.
2356099 Items 1 - 4

Census records

http://www.1881pubs.com/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Oldham Poor Law Union

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

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