Silverdale, Lancashire Genealogy
Silverdale St John was created a chapel of ease by 1679 from, and lying within the boundaries of Warton (near Lancaster), Lancashire Ancient Parish.
The Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) regularly holidayed in Silverdale and is said to have written some of her works in Lindeth Tower in the village; the Gaskell Memorial Hall in the centre of the village is named after her. The English poet Gordon Bottomley (1874–1948) lived in Silverdale in later life.
The parish church of St John is a Grade 2* listed building, built in 1885-86. The Methodist church was also built in the 19th century. Silverdale is within the Anglican Diocese of Blackburn, the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster and the Lancaster Methodist Circuit.
"SILVERDALE, a[n ancient] chapel, in the parish of Warton, union of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of Lancashire, 3¾ miles northwest of Yealand-Conyers. This chapelry is situated on Morecambe bay. The chapel, erected in 1679, was rebuilt in 1829."
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 of England
Silverdale chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Warton 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|
|LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk|
|AC = Ancestry.co.uk|
|FREG = FreeReg|
|SILVERDALE ST JOHN Chapelry (1871) Indexes|
|WARTON ST OSWALD PARISH (1568) Indexes (ancient parish containing SILVERDALE Chapelry)|
For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Silverdale and comprising the whole ancient parish of Warton to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the WARTON PARISH page.
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 306916.
Poor Law Unions
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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http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53292 British History online
- A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 107-110. Adapted. Date accessed: 21 July 2010.