Worsley, Lancashire Genealogy

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Worsley St Mark

Chapel History

Worsley St Mark was created as a district chapelry in 1847 from, and lying within the boundaries of  Eccles, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Boothstown, Newtown, and Little Houghton.

"WORSLEY, a township with a chapel, in the parish of Eccles, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 7 miles west by north from Manchester.  A church, dedicated to St Mark, has been built. On the borders of the township is also the chapel of Ellenbrook. At Swinton and Walkden, which see, are other chapels of the Church of England. The Wesleyans have a small place of worship."[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.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Worsley chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Eccles 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

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Worsley and comprising the whole ancient parish of Eccles to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the ECCLES ST MARY PARISH page.

Worsley- St Mark

Transcripts of baptisms 1846-1900 and marriages 1849-1903 available on-line at Lancashire Online Parish Clerk website.

Baptisms-1846-1848- MFPR 2213 or 2240
Baptisms-1848-1947- MFPR 2213
Baptisms-1947-1966- Archives L118
Marriages-1849-1950- MFPR 2114-2115
Marriages-1950-1992- Archives L118

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

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers for St. Mark's, Worsley, 1846-1950 Microfilm of original records formerly held at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L 118/1/1/1-2; L 118/1/2/1-6.

Baptisms, 1846-1936. Marriages, 1849-Dec. 1903.
2356127 Items 3 - 6
Marriages, Dec. 1903-1950. Book of graves, 1846-1861.

Eccles, Lancashire Bishop's Transcripts contain

Bishop's transcripts for Eccles, 1613-1864 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Bishop's transcripts from the parish of Eccles and the chapelries of St. Thomas' (Pendleton), St. Peter's (Swinton), Ellenbrook, St. Paul's (Walkden Moor), St. John's (Pendlebury), St. Catherine's (Barton-upon-Irwell) and St. Mark's (Worsley).
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/82-108

Baptisms and burials, 1844-1850 of Eccles; and also the chapelries of Pendleton, Swinton, Walkden Moor, Barton-upon-Irwell, Ellenbrook, and St. Mark's in Worsley (from 1846)

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

Barton upon Irwell Lancashire 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. 687-692. Adapted. Date accessed: 03 August 2010.