Over Kellet, Lancashire Genealogy

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Over Kellet St Cuthbert contributor David Medcalf

Chapelry History

Over Kellet St Cuthbert was created a chapel of ease by 1682 from, and lying within the boundaries of Bolton le Sands, LancashireAncient Parish. Other places in the parish include: Capernwray.

The parish, which is in the City of Lancaster, includes the village of Capernwray, at its northern end and the Lancaster Canal passes through the parish.

The village was referred to as Chellet in the the Domesday Book, and more recently has also been known as Lesser Kellet. It is approximately 1 mile ( east of Carnforth, and 0.6 miles east of junction 35 of the M6 motorway.

The parish church is St Cuthbert's, which has existed since 1215. The current building a Grade II listed building, mostly built in the 16th century. It was restored in 1864, and is now a joint Anglican/Methodist church.

"KELLET, OVER, a chapelry, in the parish of Bolton-le-Sands, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of Lancashire, 6¼ miles north by northeast of Lancaster, to the right of the road to Kendal. The chapel, dedicated to St. Cuthbert, has a 'chapelyard'."[1]


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

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Over Kellet chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Bolton le Sands 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
AC = Ancestry.co.uk
FREG = FreeReg
JOIN =Joiner's Marriage Index

OVER KELLET Chapelry (1648) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1661-1812 1653-1812 1682, 1689-1778
LOPC 1648-1948 1653-1948 1653-1947
JOIN 1813-1837
AC 1652-1812 1652-1812 1652-1812
BOLTON Le SANDS HOLY TRINITY PARISH (1642) Indexes (ancient parish containing OVER KELLET Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1655-1769; 1851-1885 1653-1820 None
LOPC 1737-1902 1653-1896 1737-1920
JOIN 1813-1837
AC 1655-1736 1655-1736 1655-1736

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Over Kellet and comprising the whole ancient parish of Bolton le Sands to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the BOLTON LE SANDS HOLY TRINITY PARISH page.

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. The first film number is 306914.

Poor Law Unions

Caton Gilbert Union,Lancashire

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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 643-646. Adapted. Date accessed: 01 July 2010.