Lumb, Lancashire Genealogy

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Lumb St Michael contributor Alexander P Kapp

Chapelry History

Lumb St Michael was created a district chapelry in 1846 from, and lying within the civil boundaries of Haslingden, Lancashire Ecclesiastical Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Higher Booths and Lower Booths.

The church was declared redundant in 2001 and has now been converted to residential accommodation.

"LUMB, a hamlet and ecclesiastical district, in the parochial chapelry of Newchurch-in-Rossendale, parish of Whalley, union of Haslingden, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire, 10 miles (N. N. W.) from Rochdale; containing 2262 inhabitants. The hamlet, which is of small extent, is situated in a picturesque valley, along which runs the stream or brook Whitewell; the scenery around is bold and mountainous, reminding the traveller much of the hills of Derbyshire. There are numerous quarries of good building-stone, and abundance of coal, in the district; articles of great importance to the several woollen and cotton mills built along the banks of the stream. The foundation stone of the church, to be called St. Michael's, was laid by John Hargreaves, Esq., the donor of the site, on Michaelmas-day, 1847, and it is intended that the building shall contain 600 sittings: divine service is at present performed in a licensed room. The patronage is vested, conformably with the provisions of the act 6th and 7th Victoria, cap. 37, in the Crown and the Bishop of Manchester, alternately. The Baptists and Methodists have places of worship."

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 190-194. URL: Date accessed: 19 July 2010.


Civil Registration

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Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church records

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Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Haslingden, Lancashire 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.

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