Pendlebury, Lancashire Genealogy

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Pendlebury St John the Evangelist

Chapel History

Pendlebury St John the Evangelist was created a district chapelry in 1842 from, and lying within the boundaries of Eccles, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Here is an 1848 historical perspective on Pendlebury by the topographer, Samuel A. Lewis:

"PENDLEBURY, a township [chapelry], in the parish of Eccles, union and hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 4¼ miles (N. W. by W.) from Manchester; containing 2198 inhabitants. Mention of the local family of Pendlebury occurs as early as the time of Henry I. The Longleys or Langleys subsequently held lands here; of this family was Cardinal Thomas Langley, son of Sir Thomas, who flourished at the beginning of the 16th century. The manor passed by marriage to Sir Edward Coke's fifth son, and was sold by the late Earl of Leicester, when Mr. Coke, to the Drinkwater family. Agecroft Hall, a fine large wood-and-plaster mansion principally of the age of Elizabeth, stands on an eminence overlooking the course of the river Irwell; it was successively the residence of the Langley and Dauntesey families, and at the end of the last century came into the possession of the Rev. Richard Buck. The windows are ornamented with stained glass, exhibiting the armorial bearings of John of Gaunt, emblems of Henry II., and arms and crests of the Langleys: the apartment now used as a library, was a domestic chapel in the reign of Elizabeth, at which time there was a moat in front of the Hall. The Bolton and Bury canal and the Manchester and Bolton railway run through the township, as does the road from Manchester to Bolton. The population is chiefly employed in the manufacture and printing of cotton. St. John's church, here, is a plain square-built Norman structure, without a chancel, erected by the Manchester and Eccles Church-Building Society. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £200; patrons, Trustees. There is a place of worship for Independents, and on the road to Bolton are schools in connexion with the Church."

Adapted from: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 545-549. URL: Date accessed: 20 July 2010.


Civil Registration

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Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

  • Salford

Church records

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Pendlebury- St John the Evangelist
Baptisms-1842-1862- MFPR 1549 or MFPR 2007
Baptisms-1862-1930- MFPR 2007
Baptisms-1930-1980- Archives L112
Burials-1842-1945- MFPR 2008
Burials-1945-1991- MFPR 2009
Marriages-1849-1908- MFPR 2007
Marriages-1908-1930- MFPR 2008
Marriages-1930-1981- Archives L112

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers for Pendlebury, 1842-1991 Microfilm of original records formerly held at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
Pendlebury is a village, a township and two chapelries in Eccles parish. St. John's was formed in 1843.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L 112/1/1/1-4; L 112/1/2/1-4; L 112/1/3/1-7.

Baptisms, 1842-1931. Marriages, 1849-July 1908.
Marriages, June 1908-1931. Burials, 1842-Mar. 1945.
Burials, Jan. 1945-1991.
2355969 Items 1 - 3

Bishop's transcripts for Pendlebury, 1844-1855 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
St. John the Evangelist in Pendlebury is a chapelry in the parish of Eccles.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/108a

Baptisms and burials, 1844-1855
1545555 Item 1

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Salford, 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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