Manchester St Peter, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapel History

St. Peter's, erected by subscription among the inhabitants, and consecrated in 1794.[1]

The parish of St Peter, in the Cathedral rural deanery, was formed March 29, 1839: the church in the centre of St Peter's square and consecrated in 1794, is a cruciform building of stone in the Classic style, consisting of nave, transepts, two north and two south porches and a south tower containing a clock and one bell: there are sittings for 1000 persons, 150 being free. The register dates from the year 1794. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £220, in the gift of the Dean and Canons of Manchester, and held since 1889 by the Rev. William Bedford, M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin."

Manchester St Peter is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1838 from Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire Ancient Parish; located on Mosley Street.

The church was closed in 1906.


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

Church records

Online Records 

St Paul Manchester chapelry has online data transcriptions for many of its baptisms, marriages and burials. Since it resided within the Manchester Cathedral (the ancient parish) boundary, also note links to the parish (Cathedral) of Our Lady, St George and St Denys as well. Displayed below are the web sites indicated; note the ranges of years: 

LOPCLancashire Online Parish Clerk
FMP =  FMP = FindMyPast
LBMDLancashire BMD
AC =

MANCHESTER ST PAUL'S NEW CROSS Chapelry (1765) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1765-1910 1838-1932 None
LOPC 1822-1843 None None
LBMD 1837-1881 1838-1973 1837-1881



Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1573-1872 1573-1889  None
LOPC 1573-1616;1777-1837 1573-1616;1782-1836 - part. yrs 1573-1616;1792-1836 - part. yrs
LBMD 1837-1881 1837-1946 1837-1881 
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616

To view a full list of all of Manchester City's chapelries and district church registers and the links to their online data of baptisms, marriages and burials, see the ancient parish (Cathedral) of MANCHESTER, OUR LADY, ST GEORGE & ST DENYS page.

Original Records

Parish registers for St. Paul's Church, New Cross, Manchester, 1765-1960 have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. Copies of originals are at the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England and previously held at Manchester Central Library.

Baptisms, 1765-1924. Marriages, 1838-1960. Marriage banns, 1879-1948. Document of consecration, 1765.

Census records

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. for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Manchester 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


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 221-247. Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010.