Pilling, Lancashire Genealogy

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Pilling St John the Baptist

Chapelry History

Pilling St John the Baptist was created a chapel of ease by 1630 from and lying within the boundaries of Garstang, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Pilling is an ancient settlement, founded on what was essentially an "island" with the sea on one side and marsh on the others.

Pilling is a village and civil parish within the Wyre borough of Lancashire, England. It is 6.5 miles (10.5 km) north-northeast of Poulton-le-Fylde, 9.4 miles (15.1 km) south-southwest of Lancaster and 14.5 miles (23.3 km) northwest of Preston, in a part of the Fylde known as Over Wyre.

The civil parish of Pilling, which includes the localities of Stake Pool, Scronkey and Eagland Hill.

The Older St John the Baptist was built in 1717. The only structural alteration since then has been the raising of the walls in 1813 to accommodate galleries. It became redundant when the new church was built in 1887.

St John the Baptist was built by the Lancaster firm of Paley & Austin in 1885-87 at a cost of £7,000. It is a large church with a spire recessed in the west tower and replacement for the earlier church in the same churchyard. The old chapel founded in the fifteenth Century is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
Here is an 1848 historical perspective on Pilling Chapelry by topographer, Samuel A. Lewis; note that  according to Lewis and again in John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, Pilling was a chapelry attached to Garstang Parish; see also notes in FHLC:

"PILLING,a chapelry,in the parish and union of Garstang, hundred of Amounderness, N. division of Lancashire, 7½ miles west by north of Garstang. The chapel was erected in 1719-21.

There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists."

A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 567-571. Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010.


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/

Transcripts for this parish are available.

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Pilling chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Garstang 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

PILLING Chapelry (1630) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1631-1900 1630-1900 None
LOPC 1630-1900 1630-1900 1685-1900
AC 1655-1753 1655-1753 1655-1753
GARSTANG ST HELEN PARISH (1563) Indexes(ancient parish containing PILLING Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials 
FS 1567-1889 1567-1900 None
LOPC 1689-1862 1689-1900 1689-1842 
AC 1567-1734 1567-1734 1567-1734

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Pilling and comprising the whole ancient parish of Garstang to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the GARSTANG ST HELEN 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.

Poor Law Unions

Garstang Poor Law 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

Churches Conservation Trust for old chapel http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/findachurch/st-john-the-baptist-pilling/?region=Lancashire