Smallbridge, Lancashire Genealogy

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Smallbridge St John contributor Alexander P.Kapp

Chapelry History

SMALLBRIDGE, an ecclesiastical district [in 1834], in the parish and union of [St Chad] Rochdale, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 2 miles (N. E.) from Rochdale, on the road to Halifax; containing 5875 inhabitants. This district comprises the greater part of the township of Wuerdale with Wardle: the soil is generally clay, the surface undulated, and the scenery wild and romantic. There are coal-mines and good stonequarries, which, with two woollen-mills and three cottonmills, chiefly employ the population. Great Howarth, the property of J. S. Entwisle, Esq., stands on a fine eminence, and commands an extensive view. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar of Rochdale; net income, £150, partly derived from the interest of £2000 left in 1840 by Jonathan Fildes, Esq., of Quarry Hill. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, was erected in 1833, at a cost of £3071, and is in the later English style, with a campanile turret; the eastern window is of painted glass. There are excellent national schools.

Adapted from: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 123-125. URL: Date accessed: 21 July 2010.


Civil Registration

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Church records

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Bishop's transcripts for Smallbridge, 1834-1857 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Bishop's transcripts of the chapelry of Smallbridge (St. John) in the township of Wuerdle-with-Wardle, Rochdale parish, Lancashire. Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/308

Baptisms and burials, 1834-1857.
1545950 Item 1

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Rochdale 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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