Claughton within Garstang, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Claughton within Garstang, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Claughton within Garstang, Lancashire
St Thomas the Apostle RC Church Claughton on Brock Lancashire.jpg
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Lonsdale
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Caton Gilbert Union
Registration District Lancaster
Records begin
Parish registers: 1701
Bishop's Transcripts: 1716
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Tunstall
Diocese Manchester
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Lonsdale
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

CLAUGHTON, a tiny village and civil parish in the county of Lancashire, located within the Borough of Wyre. It is in the parish and union of Garstang, hundred of Amounderness, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 2 miles (S. S. E.) from Garstang. The village has both a Catholic church (St Thomas Apostle) and a Catholic primary school (St Mary's), but no Church of England presence, which might be considered unusual for a parish in England, were it not for the strong Catholic tradition of the area and the presence of an early church building. Other places in the parish of Garstang include: Bilsborough, Billisborrow, Cabus, Catteral, Catterall, Claughton, Cleveley, Forton, Holleth, Kirkland, Nateby, Nether Wyresdale, Winmarleigh, Barnacre with Bonds, Barnacre with Ronds, and Bilsborrow. [1]

The parish was historically in the Amounderness Hundred. It lies between the Calder and Brock valleys. The A6 road runs through the west end of the parish, a short distance south of Garstang. Claughton is mentioned in the Domesday Book appearing as Clactune. Later variations include Clacton, 1184; Clagton Clahton, 1253; Claghton, 1284. The name is believed to be of Saxon origin, meaning 'farm on the hill'. The Fitzherbert-Brockholes family have been associated with Claughton on Brock since the time of Edward II. They were regarded as recusants during and after the Reformation.

Claughton village should not be confused with Claughton St Chad, Lancashire Ancient parish, near Lancaster in the Diocese of Blackburn.

Claughton is Its full name is Claughton-on-Brock to distinguish it from another Claughton in Lancashire in the Lune valley between Lancaster and Hornby. The Brock Claughton is pronounced /ˈklaɪtən/ "Clyeton", whereas the Lune Claughton is pronounced /ˈklæftən/ "Clafton".

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

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

The Chapelry of Claughton St Thomas with Garstang has much online data which is now accessible to view and not only for its own registers but for many of its sister chapelries as well. These chapel registers are now available for the following range of years:

[Note: FS =;  LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk; AC =]

GARSTANG ST THOMAS Chapelry (1786) Indexes 
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1881-1896 None
LOPC 1824-1900 1881-1900  1849-1900
AC None None None
GARSTANG ST HELEN PARISH (1563) Indexes - the ancient parish
Baptisms Marriages Burials 
FS 1567-1889 1567-1900 None
LOPC 1689-1862 1689-1900 1689-1842 
AC 1567-1734 1567-1734 1567-1734
BARTON Chapelry (1850) Indexes (partly in Garstang)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1850-1900 1850-1901  None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
DOLPHINEHOLM ST MARK Chapelry (1839) Indexes 
Baptisms Marriages  Burials 
FS  None None None
LOPC  None None None
AC  None None None
KIRKLAND Chapelry (1780) Indexes 
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1780-1862 None None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
PILLING Chapelry (1630) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1631-1900 1630-1900 None
LOPC 1630-1900 1630-1900 1685-1900
AC 1655-1753 1655-1753 1655-1753
SHIRESHEAD Chapelry (1742) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS  1742-1829 None None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
SCORTON ST PETER Chapelry (1879) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Indexes
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
WINMARLEIGH ST LUKE Chapelry (1838) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1838-1862 None None
LOPC None 1877-1900 None
AC None None None

For Church of England records see Garstang, Lancashire

for Roman Catholic history of the village and area see British History online. The Roman Catholic church of St Thomas the Apostle was built in 1794.

Trinity Presbyterian Church was located in the township of Claughton, in the parish of Garstang.

Trinity Presbyterian Church of England, Claughton : a historical sketch, 1863-1938 by R. S. Archer Publication Birkenhead [England] : Willmer Brothers, 1938 77 p., [16] p. of plates

The Independent churches were ones in which each congregation was autonomous, upholding the principles of independence. In the 19th century they became known as Congregational.

In 1972 the Congregational church joined with the English Presbyterian church to become the United Reformed Church.

Founded in 1777 the church is now known as the United Reformed Church, Croston Road, Garstang.

United Reformed Church Croston Road Garstang.jpg

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]

Caton Gilbert 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]

Claughton within Garstang on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 620-623. Date accessed: 16 September 2013.