Farnworth, Lancashire Genealogy

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

Farnworth, Lancashire
Type Chapelry
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred West Derby
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Prescot
Registration District Prescot
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538; For more records see Prescot
Bishop's Transcripts: 1604
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Prescot
Diocese Chester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

Farnworth (St Luke) is a chapelry of Prescot, hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 5¾ miles (W.) from Warrington. Other places in the parish include: Bold, Widnes, Ditton, and Cronton. St Luke's Church, Farnworth, Widnes is a parish church in Farnworth which was once a separate village but which is now part of the town of Widnes, Cheshire, England. The church dates back to the 12th century and it contains a number of items of historical interest, in particular hatchments and memorials.[1]

Farnworth is an ancient village some 2 miles (3 km) north of the River Mersey in what used to be the county of Lancashire. It has now been subsumed into the town of Widnes in the borough of Halton, in the ceremonial county of Cheshire. Around 1180 a chapel was built in the village which was dedicated to St Wilfrid. At that time the village was known as St Wilfrids-on-the-Hill. It was a chapel of ease to the mother church at Prescot. Included within its boundaries were the townships of Bold, Appleton, Cronton, Cuerdley, Ditton and Penketh.
Originally Farnworth was within the Mercian diocese of Lichfield but following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1541 the abbey at Chester was converted into a cathedral and Farnworth became part of the diocese of Chester. In 1859 the church was re-dedicated to St Luke and in 1880 it became a parish in the diocese of Liverpool.

Over the years the church has had a number of benefactors, one of the earliest being Yorfrid the first (and in its own right the only) Baron of Widnes (the barony passed to the Barons of Halton when his daughter married William FitzNigel, the 3rd Baron of Halton). Since then, over the centuries, the main benefactors have been the Bold family of the nearby township of Bold.

There have been many changes to the church, internally and externally, over the centuries. The first extension was about 1280–1300 when the north aisle was added. Between 1360 and 1380 the south aisle was added and around this time the tower was also built. The Bold Chantry (or Chapel) was added in 1406 and in 1431 the east end was extended. In 1500 the Cuerdley chapel was added to the south of the church. This was provided by Bishop William Smyth to allow his tenants in the village of Cuerdley to attend mass without coming into contact with the people of Farnworth at a time when plague was prevalent in the area. At a restoration in 1855 the nave, the north aisle and the Bold Chapel were rebuilt, the east end of the chancel was restored and the north side of the church and the vestry were repaired. A new roof was added to the nave. Galleries were built and the organ was moved into the gallery on the west wall. This restoration was carried out by William Culshaw. Farnworth became a separate parish in 1859. The last major internal restoration took place in 1894–95 when the galleries were removed and the plaster was stripped from the walls. Two new vestries were erected on the north side of the chancel and a new organ was installed. This restoration was carried out by Paley, Austin & Paley

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[edit | edit source]

Church of England

Farnworth chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Prescot to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

FARNWORTH ST WILFRID Chapelry  (1538) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1538-1915 1538-1909 1727-1873, 1895-1953
LOPC 1728-1920 1600-1611, 1728-1875 1728-1812
LBMD 1837-1879 None 1837-1956
AC 1538-1612 1538-1612 1538-1612
PRESCOT ST MARY PARISH (1531) Indexes (ancient parish containing FARNWORTH Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1580-1632, 1770-1776, 1813-1828, 1861-1900 1576-1900 1770-1775, 1812-1900
LOPC 1665-1900 1667-1837, 1845-1900 1665-1900
LBMD 1837-1961 1911-1969 None
AC 1531-1666 1531-1666 1531-1666

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Farnworth and comprising the whole ancient parish of Prescot to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the PRESCOT PARISH page.

Farnworth (Widnes)- St Luke
Baptisms Transcript-1538-1698- 929.3272 F1
Baptisms Transcript-1698-1812- Archives LPRS Transcript
Baptisms Transcript-1698-1743- MFE 929.342737 Fa(767)
Burials Transcript-1538-1698- 929.3272 F1
Burials Transcript-1698-1812- Archives LPRS Transcript
Burials Transcript-1698-1743- MFE 929.342737 Fa(347)
Marriages Transcript-1538-1698- 929.3272 F1
Marriages Transcript-1698-1837- Archives LPRS Transcript

For original registers of above please enquire at Cheshire 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 Farnworth, near Prescot, 1538-1953 Microfilm of originals in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester.
Farnworth was a chapelry (now a parish) in Prescot parish (Lancashire).Some text in Latin.
Cheshire Record Office: P283/4080/1-16, 18-34, 35-43, 47-56, 176, 258- 259, 309, 311, 313-314, 316, 321.

Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1538-1728.
1655233 Items 3 - 8
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1728-1812. Baptisms, 1813-Nov. 1881.
Baptisms, Nov. 1881-1920. Marriages, 1754-Sept. 1834.
Marriages, Sept. 1834-1857.
Marriages, 1857-Mar. 1887.
Marriages, Mar. 1887-1909. Banns, 1872-Feb. 1906.
Banns, Feb.1906-1909. Draft Banns, 1822-1823. Burials, 1813-July 1893.
Burials, July 1893-1900. Vestry books, 1673-1855. Surveys, 1736, 1727, 1702 1700, 1730.
1655301 Items 1 - 8
Baptisms, 1920-1938. St. John's Mission Church baptisms, 1914-1919. Marriages, 1909-1920.
2262873 Items 6 - 8
Marriages, 1920-1948. Banns of marriages, 1909-Feb. 1942.
Banns of marriages, Feb. 1942-1950. Burials, 1900-1953.
2262875 Items 1 - 5

Bishop's transcripts of Farnworth (near Prescot), 1604-1873. Text in Latin and English.
Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Farnworth was a chapelry (now a parish) in the parish of Prescot.

Baptisms, marriages and burials 1604-1641, 1664- 1745.
1469032 Items 4-5
Baptisms, marriages and burials 1746-1818.
Baptisms, marriages and burials 1819-1845.
Baptisms, marriages and burials 1846-1865.
Baptisms and marriages 1866-1873; burials 1865- 1873.
1469036 Items 1-2
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]

Prescot 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]

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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 216-220. Date accessed: 13 August 2013.