Harpurhey, Lancashire Genealogy

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

Harpurhey, Lancashire
Harpurhey Christ Church contributor David Dixon.jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Salford
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Prestwich
Registration District Manchester
Records begin
Parish registers: None
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Bury
Diocese Manchester
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]

HARPURHEY, a township with a district chapel in the parish of Manchester, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 2½ miles north by northeast of Manchester, on the road to Rochdale. The ecclesiastical district of Harpurhey is eight miles in circumference, and comprises the whole of this township and the township of Moston, and part of Collihurst. The chapel was built in 1838. Near here and on the road to Manchester is the General Cemetery, opened in September 1837 and is for all denominations.[1]

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 

There are online transcriptions for Harpurhey Christ Church chapelry as well as for the ancient parish (Cathedral) of Our Lady, St George and St Denys, for the baptism, marriage and burial registers for both. Displayed below are those online data-sets located at the web sites indicated; note the ranges of years: 

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
HARPURHEY CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1838) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
AC 1838-1914 1840-1930 1838-1963
FS 1764-1910 1840-1927 None
LBMD None 1837-1962 None
HARPURHEY ST STEPHEN Chapelry (1899) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
AC 1899-1914 1901-1930



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 (over 150) chapelries, ecclesiastical and district chapels comprising Manchester's ancient parish boundary, visit the MANCHESTER (CATHEDRAL) OUR LADY, ST GEORGE, & ST DENYS page.

Original Records The original parish (chapelry) registers for Harpurhey are available at the Manchester Central Library archive.

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]

Prestwich Poor Law Union

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.

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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 413-416. Date accessed: 14 October 2013.