Chorley St Laurence, Lancashire Genealogy

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Parish History

Here are the chapelries standing within the civil parish boundaries of Chorley St Lawrence Parish:

St George - 1835

St Peter - 1851

Chorley [St Laurence] is an Ecclesiastical Parish [as of 1630] and a market town in the county of Lancashire.

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.

"CHORLEY St Lawrence, a market-town and a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Leyland, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 32 miles south by east of Lancaster.

"Chorley was originally a chapelry in the parish of Croston, from which it was separated in 1793, when that extensive district was divided into three distinct parishes. St. George's church, standing in an open area, on the east side of the town, was completed in October, 1825; attached is a large burial-ground. There are places of worship for Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, Baptists, Unitarians, and the Roman Catholic chapel, was dedicated to St. Gregory, and was built in 1774."[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

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church records

Online Records (Under Construction)

Chorley St. Laurence 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
JOIN =Joiner's Marriage Index

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1549-1895 1548-1900 1822-1899 (part.)
LOPC 1548-1900 1548-1652, 1654-1904 1548-1856
LBMD 1837-1974 1837-1975 1837-1974
FMP None 1548-1837 None
JOIN 1813-1837
AC 1548-1653 1548-1653 1548-1653
CHORLEY ST GEORGE Chapelry  (1836) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1836-1900 1836-1900 1836-1860
LOPC 1836-1900 1836-1900 1836-1900
LBMD None 1837-1975 None
CHORLEY ST PETER Chapelry  (1851) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1851-1900 1852-1900 1851-1857
LOPC 1851-1900 1852-1900 None
LBMD None 1852-1975 None

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.

Chorley's census records for the years 1841, 1851 and 1881 have been indexed and the data posted online at Lancashire's Online Parish Clerk and at FamilySearch. To view these, click the following years:

Poor Law Unions

Chorley Poor Law Union, Lancashire

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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 603-607. URL: Date accessed: Adapted. 08 June 2010.