Woodland, Lancashire Genealogy

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Woodland St John Evangelist

Chapelry History

Woodland St John the Evangelist was created a chapel of ease in 1731 from, and lying within the boundaries of Kirkby Ireleth, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

The modern Parish is in the Diocese of Carlisle and was formerly in the Furness and Cartmel denary of the Diocese of Chester.

"WOODLAND, a chapelry, in the parish of Kirkby Ireleth, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of Lancashire, 8¼ miles north by northwest from Ulverston, and includes Heathwaite. The chapel was built in 1689, and repaired in 1822."[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.

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Woodland chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Kirkby Ireleth 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

WOODLAND WITH HEATHWAITE Chapelry (1735) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None  None
LOPC None None None
FMP  None None None

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Woodland and comprising the whole ancient parish of Kirkby Ireleth to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the KIRKBY IRELETH ST CUTHBERT PARISH page.

Woodland- St John the Evangelist
Baptisms Transcript-1735-1837- 929.342781 Fu(717)
Burials Transcript-1748-1748- 929.342781 Fu(717)

For original registers of above please enquire at Lancashire Record Office.

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers, 1748-1904 Microfilm of original manuscripts in the Cumbria Record Office, Kendal.
Record contains baptisms, 1748-1904, marriages, 1876-1901.
The chapelry of Woodland and Heathwaite is in the parish of Kirkby-Ireleth.
Cumbria Record Office no.: BPR/9/I1-3

Parish registers
1471921 Items 23-25

Bishop's transcripts for Kirkby-Ireleth, 1727-1882 Microfilm of original records in the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Includes records of Woodland, part of Woodland and Heathwaite Chapelry.

Baptisms, marriages, burials 1727-1749, 1754-1838, 1855-1882; baptisms (Woodland) 1836-1882.
1040307 Items 2 - 4

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 306915.

Poor Law Unions

Ulverston 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.

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Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 654-657. Adapated. Date accessed: 03 August 2010.