Manchester St Peter, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapel History

St. Peter's, erected by subscription among the inhabitants, and consecrated in 1794, is a handsome edifice of Runcorn stone, in the Grecian style, with a stately tower and a noble portico of the Doric order; the interior is remarkable for the elegance and chasteness of its decoration, and the altarpiece is embellished with a fine painting of the Descent from the Cross, by Annibal Caracci. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £160; patrons, Trustees.

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

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

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Census records 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.

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Web sites

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