Spotland, Lancashire Genealogy

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

Spotland, Lancashire
Spotland St Clement contributor David Dixon.jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Salford
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Rochdale
Registration District Rochdale
Records begin
Parish registers: 1835
Bishop's Transcripts: 1837
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Rochdale
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]

SPOTLAND, a division or township with a chapel, in the parish and union of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 1¼ mile northwest of Rochdale, containing, the hamlet of Whitworth. The church, dedicated to St Clement was erected in 1835.

In 1846 a portion of the township was formed into the church district at Healey. At Whitworth is a third, more ancient chapel established by the year 1748.

There are places of worship for Wesleyans and other dissenters.[1]

Spotland St Clement is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1840 from Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Brandwood, Brandwood Higher End, Brandwood Lower End, Catley Lane, Chadwick, Woodhouse Lane, Clay Lane, Failinge, Failworth, Wolstonholme and Cheesdon, and Cheesedon.

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.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Church of England

Spotland chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Rochdale St Chad to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following websites and ranges of years:

AC = (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
Baptisms Marriages Burials
AC 1835-1894 1835-1919 1835-1871
FS 1835-1894 1837-1892 1835-1864
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1837-1901 1837-1974 1837-1953

ROCHDALE ST CHAD PARISH (1582) Indexes (ancient parish containing SPOTLAND Chaplery)


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1582-1894 1582-1898  None
LOPC 1642-1835 1582-1898 1582-1837;1862-1896
LBMD None 1837-1940 None
AC  1582-1616 1701-1801 1582-1616

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Spotland and comprising the whole ancient parish of Rochdale St Chad to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the ROCHDALE ST CHAD PARISH page.

Parish registers for Spotland, 1835-1919 Microfilm of original records at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England. Spotland was a chapelry in Rochdale parish. The church was known as St. Clement.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L 247.

Baptisms, 1835-1894.
2356366 Items 5 - 6
Marriages, 1835-1892. Burials, 1835-March 1864.
Burials, February 1864-1871. Banns, 1859-1919.
2356369 Items 1 - 4

Bishop's transcripts for Spotland, 1837-1843 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.Bishop's transcripts of the chapelry of Spotland (St. Clements), in the parish of  Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire.Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/305a

Baptisms and burials, 1837-1843.
1545804 Item 5

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]

Rochdale 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.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

  • 1541 - 1541 Subsidy of Spotlande (p. 146)[2]

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]

British History online Spotland

References[edit | edit source]

  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 159-164.Adapted. Date accessed: 22 October 2013.
  2. 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.