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Chapelry History

SPOTLAND, a division or township with a chapel, in the parish and union of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 1¼ mile northwest of Rochdale, containing, the hamlet of Whitworth. The church, dedicated to St Clement 'was erected in 1835'.

In 1846 a portion of the township was formed into the church district at Healey. At Whitworth is a third, more ancient chapel established by the year 1748.

There are places of worship for Wesleyans and other dissenters.[1]

Spotland St Clement is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1840 from Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Brandwood, Brandwood Higher End, Brandwood Lower End, Catley Lane, Chadwick, Woodhouse Lane, Clay Lane, Failinge, Failworth, Wolstonholme and Cheesdon, and Cheesedon.


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.

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

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

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1835-1894 1837-1892 1835-1864
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1901 1837-1974 1837-1953
AC  None None None

ROCHDALE ST CHAD PARISH (1582) Indexes (ancient parish containing SPOTLAND Chaplery)


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1582-1894 1582-1898  None
LOPC 1642-1835 1582-1898 1582-1837;1862-1896
LBMD None 1837-1940 None
AC  1582-1616 1701-1801 1582-1616

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Spotland and comprising the whole ancient parish of Rochdale St Chad to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the ROCHDALE ST CHAD PARISH page.

Parish registers for Spotland, 1835-1919 Microfilm of original records at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England. Spotland was a chapelry in Rochdale parish. The church was known as St. Clement.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L 247.

Baptisms, 1835-1894.
2356366 Items 5 - 6
Marriages, 1835-1892. Burials, 1835-March 1864.
Burials, February 1864-1871. Banns, 1859-1919.
2356369 Items 1 - 4

Bishop's transcripts for Spotland, 1837-1843 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.Bishop's transcripts of the chapelry of Spotland (St. Clements), in the parish of  Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire.Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/305a

Baptisms and burials, 1837-1843.
1545804 Item 5

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 306934.

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53029 British History online Spotland


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 159-164.Adapted. Date accessed: 21 July 2010.