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Ribchester St Wilfrid

Parish History

Ribchester is an Ancient Parish in the county of Lancashire.Other places in the parish include: Hothersall, Alston, Hatherall, Dutton, and Dilworth.

St Wilfrid's Church is an anglican church in the village of Ribchester in Lancashire, England; it is situated close to the site of a Roman fort. It is an active parish church in the Diocese of Blackburn. It has been designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage.

St Wilfrid's dates from the 13th century, built on a site close to that of a Roman fort, Bremetennacum. A chapel and porch were added in the 14th century. A tower was added to the west in the late 15th century. In the 16th century, the roofs were removed in order to increase the height of the chancel walls and new windows were added to the aisle wall. Major repairs to the building took place in 1685–6 and 1711. A west gallery was added in 1736. The church underwent restoration in 1881 that included the rebuilding of the north wall of the chancel.

In November 1966, it was designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage. The Grade I listing is for buildings "of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important". St Wilfrid's is an active Anglican parish church in the Diocese of Blackburn, the Archdeaconry of Lancaster and the Deanery of Preston.

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.

RIBCHESTER St Wilfrid, a parish, in the union of Preston, partly in the hundred of Amounderness, and partly in the Lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire; containing, with the chapelry of Longridge, and the townships of Alston, Dilworth, Dutton, and Hothersall, 6 miles north by northwest of Blackburn. At Longridge is a separate incumbency (chapel of ease) that was established by the year 1760.

There are a place of worship for Independents, and two chapels for Roman Catholics: one of the latter at Dutton, was built about a century ago.[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

Ribchester St. Wilfrid parish registers and those registers of all of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries 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; LBMDLancashire BMD.org.uk; AC = Ancestry.co.uk; FREG =FreeReg ]

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1598-1900 1599-1885 None
LOPC 1773-1921 1735-1916 1773-1931
LBMD None 1837-2006 None
FMP None 1599-1837 None
AC 1598-1694 1598-1694 1598-1694
FREG 1598-1695 1599-1694 1598-1694
LONGRIDGE ST LAWRENCE Chapelry  (1760) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1762-1900 1838-1900 1795-1883
LOPC 1760-1900 1838-1900 1795-1900
LBMD 1937-1974 1838-1939 1937-1974
Original Records

The Lancashire Record Office at Bow Lane, Preston PR2 1RE, holds the original parish registers in its vast collections. Contact their website for contact information.

The Family History Library has microfilmed the parish registers and Bishop's transcripts of Ribchester St. Wilfrid parish for the years 1598-1900. These films are available for ordering/circulating and researching at any one of its satellite FamilySearch Centers worldwide.

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 306894.

Poor Law Unions

Preston 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


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 659-665.&amp;nbsp;Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010.