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

Online Records

Church of England

Smallbridge chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials (inside the jurisdiction of Wardle), along with those of the ancient parish of Rochdale 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
AC = Ancestry.co.uk
FREG = FreeReg

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1834-1850 None 1848-1857
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1901 1838-1925 1837-1901

ROCHDALE ST CHAD PARISH (1582) Indexes (ancient parish containing SMALLBRIDGE Chapelry)

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 Wardle and comprising the whole ancient parish of Rochdale to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the ROCHDALE ST CHAD PARISH page.

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.)
1545494 Item 16

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.

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

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Web sites


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