Ashton under Lyne St Michael, Lancashire Genealogy

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See a List of Chapelries in Ashton under Lyne St Michael Parish.

Parish History

ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE St Michael, a market town, [and an] parish, parliamentary borough, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 6 miles east from Manchester. It comprises the parochial (chapelry) divisions of Ashton-town, Audenshaw, Hartshead, and Knott-Lanes. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England.[1] 

The church was at one time a chapel of ease to the Parish church of Manchester. A chapel called St. Peter Church, Ashton-Under-Lyne was erected at the town's west-end in 1821. In 1840, a new chapel with an  ecclesiastical district was annexed to St Peter's. Then in 1846 a district was created and the district chapel of Christ Church was built by that year, situated in Charlestown. Chapels were built, belonging to the Congregational/Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, Independent Methodists, Primitive Methodists, Methodists of the New Connection, Baptists, Stephenites, Latter-day Saints, and Israelites.


Civil Registration

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

Online Records 

Ashton under Lyne St. Michael parish registers and those registers of all of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

FS =
LOPC Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
AC =
FREG = FreeReg

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1594-1843 1754-1837 1768-1892
LOPC None 1754-1844 1892-1908
AC 1594-1720 1594-1720 1594-1720

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1846-1906 None 1848-1929
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
ASHTON UNDER LYNE ST JAMES Chapelry (1863) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
LOPC 1898-1908 None None
FS None None None
FREG 1866-1898 None None
ASHTON UNDER LYNE ST PETER Chapelry (1826) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages  Burials 
FS None 1840-1935 1825-1966 
LOPC None 1891-1917 1839-1844
AC Various Yrs Various Yrs  Various Yrs
FREG None 1840-1882, 1891-1908 1825-1840, 1844-1849, 1853-1858
  AUDENSHAW ST STEPHEN Chapelry  (1844) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS  None  None  None
CBMD 1837-1974 1846-2007 1837-1974
LOPC None 1885-1907 None
BARDSLEY HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1844) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages  Burials
FS 1844-1874 1844-1917 1845-1934
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1844-1974 None
HURST Chapelry (1849) Indexes
  Baptisms Marriages   Burials 
LOPC None 1849-1907/banns to 1880  1849-1916
AC None None None
FS None None None
LEES (HEY) ST JOHN Chapelry (1742) Indexes - see also Rochdale Parish

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1788-1812  No marriage registers 1758-1848, 1868-1869
LOPC None None 1867-1887
AC None None None
LEESFIELD Chapelry (1846) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1847-1909 1848-1915 1848-1905
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
MOSSLEY ST GEORGE Chapelry (1756) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
LOPC None None None
FS 1756-1836 1769-1820 1768-1838;1871-1891
AC None None None
STALEYBRIDGE OLD ST GEORGE Chapelry (1776) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages  Burials 
LOPC 1776-1906 1864-1906 1777-1867
AC None None None
FS 1782-1822 No marr reg. till 1864 None
STALEYBRIDGE NEW ST GEORGE Chapelry (1841) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
LOPC  1846-1930 1841-1901  1846-1901 
FS None None None
AC None None None
WOODHOUSES Chapelry (1871) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
Original Records

The Lancashire Record Office at Bow Lane, Preston PR2 1RE, holds the original parish registers in its vast collections. Contact their website for contact information.

The Family History Library has microfilmed the parish registers and Bishop's transcripts of _____ parish for the years ____-____. These films are available for ordering/circulating and researching at any one of its satellite FamilySearch Centers worldwide.

Census records

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.

Probate records

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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Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 90-96. URL: Adapted. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.