Liverpool St Thomas, Lancashire Genealogy
Liverpool St Thomas Park Lane was created a chapel of ease in 1750 from and lying within the boundaries of Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas ecclesiastical parish.
The area to the South and East of the Old Dock of Liverpool and was built to serve the needs of the families who lived nearby and who worked in the dock. The area rapidly changed and as the residents began to become largely Roman Catholic, the Diocese was forced to consider closure.
In 1885 St Thomas' churchyard was closed and part used for street improvement, the remainder to be laid out as ornamental gardens. (See Inscriptions of gravestones removed at Liverpool Record office Ref No. 352 CEM 1/17/1).
By 1900 sixty five per cent of the population of the parish was estimated to be Roman Catholic and in 1903 The Bishop of Liverpool's Commission to enquire into the spiritual needs of the Diocese recommended the closure of St. Thomas' Church. The Liverpool and Wigan Churches Act, 1904 confirmed this recommendation and the church was closed on 31 December 1905. The parish was absorbed into that of St. Michael, Upper Pitt Street.
"The church dedicated to St Thomas, in Parklane, built under the authority of an act passed in the 21st of George II., and consecrated in 1750. This chapel stood within the civil parish of St Peter and Nicholas Liverpool."
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
Lancashire Online Parish Clerks
An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/
Transcripts for this parish are available.
Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection
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 438717.
Poor Law Unions
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.
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- A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 104-118. Adapted. Date accessed: 19 July 2010.