Birch in Hopwood, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Birch in Hopwood St Mary was created a chapelry in 1828, taken from, and lying within the boundaries of  Middleton, Lancashire ancient parish.

"BIRCH, a district chapelry in village of, and within the parish of Middleton, union of Oldham, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 2½ miles west by northwest of Middleton. 

Another chapel with an attached district was formed out of the parishes of Middleton and Bury."[1]


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.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Birch in Hopwood chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Middleton to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

AC = (£)
FMP = (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

BIRCH IN HOPWOOD ST MARY Chapelry (1829) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1829-1839 None 1829-1839
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1839-1974 None 
MIDDLETON ST LEONARD PARISH (1541) Indexes (ancient parish containing BIRCH IN HOPWOOD Chapelry)

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1541-1752

1541-1752; 1813-1818;  1828-1830

1609-1678; 1805-1819; 1827-1832; 1838-1847; 1865-1874

LOPC  1695-1874  1541-1836  1541-1874
LBMD  None  1837-1974 None 
FMP None 1541-1752 None
AC 1541-1752 1541-1752 1541-1752
FREG 1541-1630, 1653-1729 1541-1644, 1658-1729 1641-1729

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Birch in Hopwood and comprising the whole ancient parish of Middleton to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the MIDDLETON PARISH page.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Bishop's transcripts for Birch, near Middleton, 1829-1839 Micro-reproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Bishop's transcripts of the chapelry of Birch, also called Birch-St. Mary, which is in the township of Hopwood, parish of Middleton, Lancashire, England.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/233

Baptisms and burials, 1829-1839.
1545705 Item 3

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.

Poor Law Unions

Oldham Poor Law Union

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 fro information about the parish Hopwood British History Online for images of the church


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 248-255. URL: Adapted. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.