Walton le Dale, Lancashire Genealogy
WALTON-LE-DALE, a township and chapelry, in the parish, and Lower division of the hundred, of Blackburn St Mary, Lancashire, union of Preston, N. division of Lancashire, 2 miles southeast of Preston. The chapel, dedicated to St. Leonard and was built by the year 1609. The church of St Leonard, situated on an eminence to the east of the town, was originally erected in the 11th century. The earliest portions of the present building are the Perpendicular chancel and tower, the nave having been rebuilt in 1798, while the transepts were erected in 1816. Other places in the parish include: Higher Walton and Cuerdale. 
Close to Walton-le-Dale on the River Ribble in 1840 at Cuerdale workmen found the Cuerdale Hoard, the largest Viking treasure discovered in Western Europe.
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.
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
Walton le Dale chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Blackburn 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|
|JOIN = Joiner's Marriage Index (£)|
|LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk|
|LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk|
|WALTON-LE-DALE ST LEONARD Chapelry (1609) Indexes|
|FS||1609-1854, 1872-1889||1609-1637, 1654-1848||1809-1894|
|LOPC||1751-1760, 1807-1831, 1839-1854, 1871-1900||1751-1760, 1807-1812, 1815-1848||1751-1760, 1807-1812, 1815-1889|
|BLACKBURN ST MARY THE VIRGIN PARISH (1600) Indexes (ancient parish containing WALTON-LE-DALE ST LEONARD Chapelry)|
|LOPC||1600-1611, 1614-1628, 1653-1848, 1854-1881||1600-1680, 1698-1705, 1722-1900||1651-1652, 1746-1900|
For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Walton le Dale and comprising the whole ancient parish of Blackburn to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the BLACKBURN ST MARY 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 306893.
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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- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 453-457. Adapted. Date accessed: 03 August 2010.