West Derby St Mary, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to West Derby St Mary, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

West Derby St Mary, Lancashire
St Mary West Derby .jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred West Derby
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union West Derby
Registration District West Derby
Records begin
Parish registers: 1688; Separate registers exist for Stanley beginning 1832
Bishop's Transcripts: 1599
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]

DERBY, WEST St Mary, a district chapel of ease as of 1688, and the head of a union, in the parish of Walton on the Hill St Mary, Lancashire, hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 4 miles northeast of Liverpool. St James' church was built, in 1847. St Jude's church, in Hardwick-street, was built in 1841. There are also churches at Stanley (or Old Swan), Knotty-Ash, and Edge-Hill, which places are separately described. A Roman Catholic chapel, called Gillmoss chapel, is situated in West Derby, about a mile from Croxteth Hall; it was built in 1823.[1]

The earlier chapelry building was replaced in 1853/4 by present church designed by Gilbert G. Scott built of red sandstone with Yorkshire stone pillars and is situated in the heart of West Derby Village at the entrance to Croxteth Park.

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

West Derby St Mary chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Walton on the Hill St Mary to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following websites and ranges of years:

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

WEST DERBY ST MARY Chapelry  (1681) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1688-1955 1681-1744, 1837-1929 None
LOPC 1688-1707, 1813-1926 1698-1737, 1837-1947 None
LBMD None 1838-1984 None
AC 1688-1837 1698-1837 None
WALTON ON THE HILL ST MARY THE VIRGIN PARISH (1586) Indexes (ancient parish containing WEST DERBY ST MARY Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1586-1903 1586-1918 1710-1970
LOPC 1792-1903 1791-1805, 1818-1869 1767-1812
LBMD None 1837-1977 None
FMP None 1586-1662 None
AC 1586-1746 1586-1746 1586-1746

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding West Derby St Mary and comprising the whole ancient parish of Walton on the Hill St Mary to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the WALTON ON THE HILL ST MARY PARISH page.

West Derby- St Mary
Baptisms Transcript-1688-1837- 929.3272 We1
Marriages Transcript-1698-1837- 929.3272 We1

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

For original registers of above please enquire at Liverpool Record Office.

Parish registers for St. Mary-the-Virgin Church, West Derby, 1688-1948 Microfilm copy of original records at the Liverpool Record Office.
West Derby was a chapelry of Walton-on-the-Hill parish until 1847.
Liverpool Record Office no.: WES 1/1-2, 2/1-7, 3/1-10, 5/1-2.

Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1688-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1848.
1546069 Items 4 - 7
Baptisms, 1847-1947. Marriages, 1837-1863. (Items 2 & 3 were filmed out of order and with the wrong title boards. Correct title boards were filmed after item 6.)
Marriages, 1863-1929.
Marriages, 1929-1947. Banns, 1837-1907, 1944-1948.

Bishop's transcripts for St. Mary-the-Virgin Church, West Derby, 1697-1871 Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
West Derby was a chapelry of Walton-on-the-Hill until 1847.

Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1697, 1723-1805; baptisms 1808-1871.
1468982 Items 2 - 3

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]

West Derby, Lancashire 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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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 32-46. Adapted. Date accessed: 08 October 2013.