Scarisbrick, Lancashire Genealogy

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Scarisbrick St Mark

Chapelry History

Scarisbrick was created a chapelry from, and lying within the boundaries of Ormskirk, Lancashire Ancient Parish. Other places in the parish include: Snape
Scarisbrick parish, the largest in Lancashire, was, in early times, an area much avoided by travellers. With its vast tracts of poorly drained peat marshes and the huge lake of Martin Mere, it was difficult terrain to cross. Much of the flat land between Southport and Liverpool is polder reclaimed from marshes and the lake. The original small scattered farmsteads of the parish now form the basis of today's hamlets of Barson Green, Bescar, Carr Cross, Drummerdale, Hurlston, Pinfold, and Snape.

SCARISBRICK, a village, a township-chapelry, in the parish of Ormskirkin the southern division of Lancashire, 2 miles northwest of Ormskirk. The township includes the hamlets of Bescar and Snape-Green, and parts of Martin Mere. In 1814 a Roman Catholic chapel was built at Bescar.[1][2]


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

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Scarisbrick chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Ormskirk to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

FS =
LOPC Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
AC =
FREG = FreeReg

SCARISBRICK ST MARK Chapelry (1837) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1853-1900 1870-1900 1855-1901
LOPC 1853-1900 1870-1900 1855-1900
LBMD 1837-1907 1870-1952 1837-1907
AC 1853-1894 1870-1900 None
ORMSKIRK ST PETER & ST PAUL PARISH (1557) Indexes (ancient parish containing SCARISBRICK Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1557-1837 1557-1836  None
LOPC 1557-1901 1557-1911  1557-1906
LBMD None 1837-1955 None 
AC 1557-1626 1557-1626 1557-1626
FREG 1557-1901 var. yrs 1557-1901 var. yrs 1557-1901 var.yrs

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Scarisbrick and comprising the whole ancient parish of Ormskirk to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the ORMSKIRK 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

Ormskirk 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

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Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 26-30. Adapted. Date accessed: 21 July 2010.
  2. The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales by John Marius Wilson. Published 1870 in London.