Chorlton upon Medlock St Luke, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Chorlton upon Medlock St Luke, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Chapelry History[1][edit | edit source]

St Luke Chorlton upon Medlock was built in the year 1804 as a chapel of ease; it lay within the boundaries of  Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire Parish. It was one of three pre-1851 chapels serving this township region next to Manchester City proper, and included All Saints and St Saviour. Other places in the parish include: All Saints and Chorlton on Medlock St Saviour. It was taken from and lying within the parish boundaries of Manchester ancient Parish. All Saints the a parochial chapel and with St Luke became one of five chapelries within Chorlton upon Medlock township, including also St Paul, St Saviour's and St Stephen [which also see].[2] 

The church was closed in 1962.

"CHORLTON-UPON-MEDLOCK, a township, with eight chapelries, and a sub-district in Chorlton district, in Manchester parish, Lancashire. The township lies within Manchester borough, and includes the south-eastern part of Manchester city. The chapelries built, were All Saints, St Ambrose, St Clement, St. Luke, St Matthias, St. Saviour, St. Stephen, and St. Paul. St. Luke's was in operation by 1805.[3]

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 

Onine transcriptions exist for St Luke Chorlton upon Medlock as well as for the ancient parish of Manchester Our Lady, St George and Denys (the Cathedral)--to which it is attached. The online data includes numerous transcriptions of baptisms, marriages and burials from each of the eight chapelries lying within Chorlton upon Medlock township and all within the boundary of this the largest ancient parish in all of England. Displayed below are these chapelries and the links to the available online data content located at the web sites so indicated; note the ranges of years:

LOPCLancashire Online Parish Clerk
FMP =  FMP = findmypast
LBMDLancashire BMD
AC =
Baptisms Marriages Burials
AC 1813-1914 1859-1930 1819-1871
FS 1802-1911 - part.  1859-1930 - part.  1819-1871
LOPC 1805-1891 1883-1897 1819-1871 
LBMD 1837-1900 1859-1961 1837-1883
Baptisms Marriages Burials
AC 1837-1930
FS 1808-1910 1837-1930 1820-1881 - part. 
LBMD 1837-1936 [1] 1837-1883
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1884-1901 1884-1901 1884-1883
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1793-1871 None None
LBMD 1837-1900 1837-1939 1837-1883
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1876-1913 None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1900 1837-1900 1837-1883
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1862-1910  1862-1930 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1862-1900  1862-1968 1837-1883
Baptisms Marriages Burials
AC 1838-1930
FS 1836-1910 1838-1932 1836-1932
LOPC None 1838-1968 None
LBMD 1837-1936 1838-1968 1837-1883
Baptisms Marriages Burials
AC 1857-1930
FS 1854-1910 1857-1930 None
LBMD 1854-1900 1857-1968 1837-1883



Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1573-1872 1573-1889  None
LOPC 1573-1616;1777-1837 1573-1616;1782-1836 - part. yrs 1573-1616;1792-1836 - part. yrs
LBMD 1837-1881 1837-1946 1837-1881 
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616

To view a full List of all (over 150) chapelries and district churches within the ancient parish of Manchester (Cathedral) and see the links to all available online data content for each chapelry, visit the MANCHESTER (CATHEDRAL) OUR LADY, ST GEORGE & DENYS page.

Original Records

Original Parish registers for St. Luke's Church, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, are housed at the Manchester Central Library. has microfilmed these original registers for the years 1805-1897 and are available on microfilm of original records.
Chorlton-upon-Medlock is a chapelry in Manchester ancient parish (the Cathedral).
From FamilySearch's online catalog:

Baptisms, 1805-1891; burials, 1819-1855; marriages, 1859-1897.

Chorlton-upon-Medlock- St Luke

Transcripts of burials 1819-1871 available on-line at Lancashire OPC.

Baptisms-1805-1891- MFPR 10
Baptisms-1891-1919- MFPR 1289
Baptisms-1919-1962- MFPR 1290
Burials-1819-1855- MFPR 10
Burials-1846-1871- MFPR 1290
Marriages-1859-1897- MFPR 10
Marriages-1897-1961- MFPR 1290

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Bishop's transcripts for All Saints Church and St. Luke's Church, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, 1814-1840

Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Bishop's transcripts from the chapelries of All Saints and St. Luke in the township of Chorlton-upon-Medlock (also called Chorlton- Row), in the parish of Manchester.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/207

Baptisms and burials of All Saints Church, 1820-1834; baptisms of St. Luke's Church, 1814-1840.
1545649 Item 1

Non Conformist Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Chorlton Poor Law Union,Lancashire

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Chorlton on Medlock on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Youngs, Frederic A. Guide to the local administrative units of England. Vol. 2, London: The Royal Historical Society. 1991. pages 157 & 185
  2. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 607-612. URL: Date accessed: 29 June 2010.
  3. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) Adapted.

Manchester Images Collection for images of the old church