Wardle St James, Lancashire Genealogy

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See Wuerdale.

Wardle St James contributor David Dixon

Chapelry History

WUERDLE, with Wardle, a township with a chapel, in the parish and union of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 2 miles north by east from Rochdale. A small part of the township is within the present boundary-line of the town of Rochdale. The ecclesiastical district of Smallbridge (which see) comprises the greater part of Wuerdle and Wardle. The Wesleyans and Baptists have places of worship. Wardle St James was created a chapelry by 1821 from, and lying within the boundaries of Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire Ancient Parish.[1]

The church became redundant and has been converted to residential apartments.


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

Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Parish register transcripts, 1858-1879 Microfilm copy of original records filmed at the Area Central Library in Rochdale, England. Wardle is a chapelry in Rochdale parish.

Baptisms 1858-1879 Marriages 1858-1879 Burials 1858-1879 (Records extracted from Wardle Parish Magazine. Baptisms for 1874-1875 not transcribed.)
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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 306935.

http://www.1881pubs.com/ 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 698-703. Adapted. Date accessed: 03 August 2010.