Woodplumpton, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapel History

Woodplumpton St Anne is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1743 from chapelry in  St Michael on Wyre, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Catforth, Lower Bartle, Higher Plumpton, and Eaves.

The modern parish isin the Diocese of Blackburn and the archdeaconry of Lancaster. It has been designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage. The churchyard at St Anne's is the supposed burial place of a 17th century alleged witch named Meg Shelton.

PLUMPTON-WOOD, a village and a parochial chapelry in St. Michael-on-Wyre parish, Lancashire. The village stands near the Lancaster and Preston canal, 1¼ mile S W of Barton r. station, and 4¼ N Wby N of Preston. The chapelry also contains the hamlets of Catforth, Eaves, Higher Plumpton, and Lower Bartle; and its post town is Preston. Acres, 4, 722. Real property, £9, 516. Pop. in 1851, 1, 574; in 1861, 1, 462. Houses, 292. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to Birley, Esq. P.-W. House, P.-W. Lodge, Swil-brook House, Barnfield House, Hollowforth, and Bartle Hall are chief residences. Extensive tile and drain-pipeworks are at Eaves and Catforth. The living is a p.curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £175.* Patron, the Vicar of St. Michael-on-Wyre. The church is ancient, [at least by 1604] and was modernised in 1852. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a Primitive Methodist chapel, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed school with £23a year, a small workhouse, and charities £24.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870)


The churchyard lies mostly to the south and west of the church. There are stocks close to the lychgate. These date from the 18th century or earlier, and have been restored. They have two stone shafts with round heads, the right-hand of which is inscribed with the initials "AB". They have received a Grade II designation from English Heritage. There is a sundial south of the church. The dial, which sits on an octagonal stone shaft, is dated 1657. The plate and gnomon are brass. The sundial has also been given a Grade II listing.

Woodplumpton churchyard is said to be the burial place of an alleged witch, a local 17th century woman named Meg Shelton who was known as the "Singleton witch" or the "Fylde Hag". According to legend, she was buried upside down to prevent her from escaping. The spot is marked by a boulder.


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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Woodplumpton- St Anne
Baptisms Transcript-1604-1784- 929.3272 S1
Burials Transcript-1603-1784- 929.3272 S1
Marriages Transcript-1604-1783- 929.3272 S1

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 for Plumpton-Wood, 1604-1921 Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Plumpton-Wood is a parochial chapelry in the parish of St. Michael-on- Wyre.
Lancashire Record Office no. : PR 2930/1/1-12; 3250/1/1, 3-4, 10

Baptisms 1604-1879; Marriages and burials 1604-1900; Banns 1824-1891; Register of services 1889-1895.
1470949 Items 11-25
Register of services 1895-1900.
1471019 Item 1
Baptisms, 1879-1921.
1849640 Item 19

Bishop's transcripts for Plumpton-Wood, 1674-1882 Microfilm of originals at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Some parts are illegible due to dark spots, torn pages and faded ink.
Some pages are out of sequence. Records 1674-1729 have been filmed in reverse order.
Plumpton-Wood is a chapelry in the parish of St. Michael-on-Wyre.
DRB 2/188-191

Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1674-1729.
1502471 Item 5
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1674-1729. (Another filming. 1988. More legible than previous filming.)
1502472 Item 2
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1730-1882 (no marriages 1864, 1869-1870).
1502472 Items 3 - 5

Bishop's transcripts for Plumpton-Wood, 1879-1883 Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Plumpton-Wood is a chapelry in the parish of St. Michael-on-Wyre.

Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1879-1883.
1469070 Item 12

Census records

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

Poor Law Unions

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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http://www.extremejelly.com/woodplumpton/pages/welcome.php Parish website includes history and images of the church