Mawdesley with Bispham, Lancashire Genealogy
Mawdesley with Bispham St Peter was created a chapelry in 1840 from Croston, Lancashire Ancient Parish. Other places in the parish include: Holland Meadow and Bispham.
The name Mawdesley is thought to have originated in the reign of Edward the First (1272 - 1308). The suffix 'ley' signifies a field, meadow or clearing, showing the village's rural origins. Records show that a Manor existed in 1250 AD on the site of the present Mawdesley Hall.
Mawdesley is a village and civil parish of the Borough of Chorley in Lancashire, England
Here's an 1848 historical perspective by the topographer, Samuel A. Lewis on this chapelry:
"MAWDESLEY, a township with a district chapel,in the parish of Croston, union of Chorley, hundred of Leyland, N. division of Lancashire, 7 miles west by southwest from Chorley. It forms, with Bispham, an ecclesiastical district, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Rector of Croston. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, and consecrated in June, 1840.
The Roman Catholic chapel here, also dedicated to St. Peter, was built in 1832.
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/
Church of England
Mawdesley with Bispham chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Croston to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:
|FS = FamilySearch.org|
|LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project|
|FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk|
|LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk|
|AC = Ancestry.co.uk|
|FREG = FreeReg|
|MAWDESLEY Chapelry (1840) Indexes|
|CROSTON ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS(ancient parish containing MAWDESLEY Chapelry)|
For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Mawdesley with Bispham and comprising the whole ancient parish of Croston to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the CROSTON ST MICHAEL PARISH page.
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 306911.
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.
Maps and Gazetteers
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- A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 277-280. Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010.