Wigan All Saints, Lancashire Genealogy

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See a List of Wigan Chapelries.

Parish History

WIGAN All Saints,a parish, borough, and markettown, which has separate jurisdiction, and the head of a union, chiefly in the hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster; containing, with the chapelries of Abram, Billinge, Haigh, Hindley, Pemberton, and Up Holland, and the townships of Aspull, Billinge Higher End, Dalton, Ince-in-Makerfield, Orrell, 18 miles west by northwest of Manchester.

Wigan St George's church, in the town, was erected as a chapel of ease, in 1781. St. Catherine's church, at Scholes, of which the first stone was laid on the 6th April 1840. Both these churches have districts assigned to them. Wigan St Thomas's church, in the Queen-street, was erected in 1848. At Abram, Billinge, Haigh, Hindley, Holland, and Pemberton are also other chapels of the Church of the Church of England.

In the town are places of worship for Baptists and Independents, a handsome meeting-house for Wesleyans, and a Scottish church. The Roman Catholics have two chapels; St Mary's, and St John's, built in 1819. In Scholes is St Patrick's Roman Catholic chapel.[1] 


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

Wigan All Saints parish registers and those registers of all of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries 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; LBMDLancashire BMD.org.uk; AC = Ancestry.co.uk; FREG =FreeReg ]

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1578-1926 1594-1880 1749-1952
LOPC 1813-1842, 1844, 1861-1869, 1884-1896 1594-1625, 1754-1898 1754-1904
LBMD 1837-1950 1837-1950 1837-1951
FMP None 1594-1837 None
AC 1580-1625
FREG 1580-1588, 1590-1625
1594-1625 1584-1597, 1600-1626
WIGAN ST GEORGE Chapelry  (1854) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None 1861-1885 None
LOPC None 1854-1885 None
LBMD None 1854-1950 None
WIGAN ST CATHERINE Chapelry  (1841) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1841-1846, 1878-1893 1854-1956 1841-1908
LBMD None 1854-1950 None
ABRAM Chapelry  (1838) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1838-1901 1856-1901 1839-1901
LOPC None None None
LBMD None None None
BILLINGE Chapelry  (1696) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1696-1857 1762-1857 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1904-1918 None 1904-1918
HAIGH Chapelry  (1833) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1833-1912 1834-1936 1834-1915
LBMD None None None
HINDLEY Chapelry  (1698) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1698-1879 1698-1881 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1950 1837-1950 1837-1951
PEMBERTON ST JOHN THE DIVINE Chapelry  (1832) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1838-1901 1835-1900 1855-1901
LOPC 1832-1901 1835-1900 1832-1901
LBMD 1837-1921 1837-1950 1837-1922
UPHOLLAND Chapelry  (1600) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1604-1900 1600-1896 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1904 1837-1950 1837-1904

Original Records

The Lancashire Record Office at Bow Lane, Preston PR2 1RE, holds the original parish registers in its vast collections. Contact their website for contact information.

The Family History Library has microfilmed the parish registers and Bishop's transcripts of this parish for the years 1578-19?. These films are available for ordering/circulating and researching at any one of its satellite FamilySearch Centers worldwide.

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.

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. 568-571. Adapted. Date accessed: 03 August 2010.