Chorley St Laurence, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Chorley St Laurence, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Chorley St Laurence, Lancashire
Saint Lawrence Church Chorley.JPG
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Leyland
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Chorley
Registration District Chorley
Records begin
Parish registers: 1548
Bishop's Transcripts: 1630
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Leyland
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

CHORLEY (St Lawrence), a market-town and a parish [as of 1630], and the head of a union, in the hundred of Leyland, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 32 miles south by east of Lancaster. [1]

Here are the chapelries standing within the civil parish boundaries of Chorley St Lawrence Parish:

St George - 1835

St Peter - 1851

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Chorley St. Laurence 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 =
LOPC Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
FMP = findmypast
AC =
FREG = FreeReg
JOIN =Joiner's Marriage Index

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1549-1895 1548-1900 1822-1899 (part.)
LOPC 1548-1900 1548-1652, 1654-1904 1548-1856
LBMD 1837-1974 1837-1975 1837-1974
FMP None 1548-1837 None
JOIN 1813-1837
AC 1548-1653 1548-1653 1548-1653
CHORLEY ST GEORGE Chapelry  (1836) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1836-1900 1836-1900 1836-1860
LOPC 1836-1900 1836-1900 1836-1900
LBMD None 1837-1975 None
CHORLEY ST PETER Chapelry  (1851) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1851-1900 1852-1900 1851-1857
LOPC 1851-1900 1852-1900 None
LBMD None 1852-1975 None
Catholic[edit | edit source]
  • 1628 - 1628 List of Recusants in Chorley (p. 184)[2]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Chorley's census records for the years 1841, 1851 and 1881 have been indexed and the data posted online at Lancashire's Online Parish Clerk and at FamilySearch. To view these, click the following years:

Poor Law Unions
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Chorley Poor Law Union, Lancashire

Probate records
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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.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

  • 1628 - 1628 Subsidy of Chorley (p. 171)[2]
  • 1665 - Lancashire Hearth Tax: Leyland Hundred, Chorley. E 179/132/351, The National Archives. Microfilm: FHL Film 2228692.

Maps and Gazetteers
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Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Chorley on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 603-607. Date accessed: 16 September 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.P. Earwaker, Three Lancashire Subsidy Rolls, viz., for the Hundred of Salford, 1541, the Hundred of Salford, 1622 and the Hundred of Leyland, 1628, Together with a Recusant Roll for the Hundred of Leyland, in 1628 (London: Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1885). Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.