Penwortham, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Penwortham, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records. Here is a List of Chapelries in Penwortham Parish

Penwortham, Lancashire
St Mary's Church, Penwortham.jpg
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Leyland
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Preston
Registration District Preston
Records begin
Parish registers: 1857
Bishop's Transcripts: 1608
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Leyland
Diocese Manchester
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

PENWORTHAM (St Mary), a parish, in the union of Preston, hundred of Leyland, N. division of Lancashire; containing, with the chapelry of Longton, and the townships of Farington, Howick, and Hutton, 1¾ mile southwest of Preston. Penwortham was listed in the Domesday Book as "Penverdent" and Penwortham Priory was built in the west of the town. A simple motte-and-bailey castle was built during the post-Norman conquest period overlooking the Ribble and its ford. Some evidence of this castle is still evident in St Mary's Churchyard. The present church was built on the site after the loss through fire in 1856 of the ancient St Mary. At Farington and Longton are separate chapels laying within the this parish. In Penwortham is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists.[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.  The place of Marriage is listed on this website.

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks[edit | edit source]

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes Website

Due to the loss of early parish registers from 1538 in the 1856 fire which destroyed the church the Online Parish Clerk Index is recommended.

See Online Parish Clerk page for missing years.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Penwortham St Mary's parish registers and those registers of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the websites below and for the following ranges of years:

AC = (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1608-1839; 1858-1901 1616-1884              1818-1839         
LOPC 1741-1900 1608-1900 1794-1900
FMP  None None None
LBMD None 1837-2008 None 
AC 1608-1755 1608-1755 1608-1755
FARINGTON ST PAUL Chapelry (1840) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1840-1900 1858-1900  1840-1900
LOPC 1840-1900 1858-1900 1840-1900
LONGTON ST ANDREW Chapelry (1753) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1753-1839 None 1824-1847
LOPC 1754-1900 1838-1900 1817-1900 
LBMD None 1838-2009 None

Original Records

The original parish registers of Penwortham and its chapelries are held at the Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, PR1 2RE. Bishop's transcripts for Penwortham Microfilm of originals at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston. Parts are illegible due to torn pages, dark spots, faded ink.
Longton and Farrington are chapelries in the parish of Penwortham. DRB 2/157-162

Copies of the Penwortham St Mary's parish registers are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, U.S.A. and its satellite FamilySearch Centers worldwide. These films can be ordered for and searched these facilities, serving the public.

Early records for this parish were lost in the fire of 1856 which also destroyed the church. Lancashire Online Parish Clerks have transcript derived from  Bishop's Trancripts which were originally held at Chester Record Office.

Microfilmed Church Records at the Family History Library for this parish (see the catalog online for chapelry registers):

Penwortham baptisms, marriages, burials, 1608, 1616, 1623, 1627, 1629-1634, 1637, 1639-1641, 1650, 1658-1660, 1662-1665, 1668-1670, 1672, 1674-1676, 1678-1682, 1690-1706, 1708-1740. Included with Penwortham: Longton baptisms, 1733-1735, 1737. FHL BRITISH Film 1502456 Item 1
Penwortham baptisms, marriages, burials, 1741-1793. Included with Penwortham: Longton baptisms, 1754-1766, 1771-1772, 1774, 1776-1777. Longton baptisms, 1779-1793. FHL BRITISH Film 1502456 Item 2
Penwortham baptisms, marriages, burials, 1794-1813, 1815-1816. Included with Penwortham: Longton baptisms, 1812-1813, 1815-1816. Longton baptisms, 1794-1811. FHL BRITISH Film 1502456 Item 3
Penwortham baptisms, marriages, burials, 1817-1834. Longton baptisms, burials, 1817-1834. FHL BRITISH Film 1502457 Items 1 - 2
Penwortham baptisms, marriages, burials, 1835-1837, 1870; baptism, burials, 1838-1855, 1857-1869, 1871-1873. Included with Penwortham: Farrington baptisms, 1842. Longton baptisms, burials, 1848-1852. Farrington baptisms, burials, 1840-1845. FHL BRITISH Film 1502458 Items 1 - 2

Parish registers for Penwortham  Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Lancashire Record Office no.: PR 3005/1/1-3, 7; 3005/2/1-3

Baptisms 1857-1900 Marriages 1857-1885 FHL BRITISH Film 1526058 Items 17-18
Marriages 1885-1900 Burials 1857-1900 Register of services 1872-1900 FHL BRITISH Film 1526059 Items 1-5

Marriages 1 July1837 and later can be obtained through Civil Registration either through or references can be found at The actual place of marriage is list at These marriage records are exactly what the parish register would contain.

Birth and Death certificates can also be obtained for people who were born and died in Penwortham parish post 1-July 1837. This is another type of document to compensate for the loss of Church Records

Non Conformist Records[edit | edit source]
Catholic[edit | edit source]
  • 1628 - 1628 List of Recusants in Penwortham and Hutton (p. 180)[2]
  • 1628 - 1628 List of Recusants in Farrington and Houghwicke (p. 180)[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.

Poor Law Unions
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Preston 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 Penworthame and Hutton (p. 168)[2]
  • 1628 - 1628 Subsidy of Farrington and Houghwicke (p. 169). Di[2]
  • 1665 - Lancashire Hearth Tax: Leyland Hundred, Penwortham. E 179/132/351, The National Archives. Microfilm: FHL Film 2228692.
  • 1665 - Lancashire Hearth Tax: Leyland Hundred, Farrington. E 179/132/351, The National Archives. Microfilm: FHL Film 2228692.
  • 1665 - Lancashire Hearth Tax: Leyland Hundred, Howick. E 179/132/351, The National Archives. Microfilm: FHL Film 2228692.
  • 1665 - Lancashire Hearth Tax: Leyland Hundred, Hutton. E 179/132/351, The National Archives. Microfilm: FHL Film 2228692.

Maps and Gazetteers
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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., [A Topographical Dictionary of England] (1848), pp. 549-555. Adapted. Date accessed:1 October 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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.