Warton (near Kirkham), Lancashire Genealogy

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Warton St Paul
England]] RTENOTITLE Lancashire RTENOTITLE Lancashire Parishes

Chapelry History

Warton St Paul (near Kirkham) was created a chapel of ease which prior to the establishment of the Diocese of Blackburn was from 1847 in the Amounderness deanery of the Diocese of Manchester in the county of Lancashire, created in 1724 from, and lying within the boundaries of Kirkham, Lancashire Ancient Parish.
Other places in the parish include: Freckleton.

The village is about six miles from Preston and eight miles from Blackpool. It is located on the banks of the River Ribble, close to its entry into the Irish Sea. It is best known for its airfield, BAE Warton and its associated aircraft works of BAE Systems Military Air Solutions. The village is part of the borough of Fylde.

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.

"WARTON, an ecclesiastical [chapel], in the parish of Kirkham, union of the Fylde, hundred of Amounderness, N. division of Lancashire; comprising the townships of Warton, Freckleton, and Bryning with Kellamergh, 3 miles south by southwest of Kirkham. The church, dedicated to St. Paul, was consecrated as a chapel in 1725." [1]The chapel registers are missing for the years 1784 to 1846.


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.

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 records

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Census records

http://www.1881pubs.com/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Fylde Poor Law Union, Lancashire

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

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  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 475-482.Adapted.  Date accessed: 03 August 2010.