Eccleston, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Eccleston, Lancashire family history and genealogy. Parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites.

Here is a List of Chapelries in Eccleston Parish.

The Parish Church of St Mary, Eccleston Lancashire.jpg

Parish History

Eccleston St Mary (near Croston) is an Ancient Parish in the county of Lancashire.

Other places in the parish include: Heskin, Wrightington, and Parbold.

Eccleston is a village and civil parish of the Borough of Chorley in Lancashire, England. It is beside the River Yarrow and was formerly an agricultural and later a weaving settlement.
Its name came from the Celtic word "eglēs" meaning a church, and the Old English word "tūn" meaning a farmstead or settlement - i.e. a settlement by a Romano-British church.

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.

"ECCLESTON St Mary, a parish, in the union of Chorley, hundred of Leyland, N. division of the county of Lancaster; comprising the townships of Eccleston, Heskin, Parbold, and Wrightington, 5 miles west of  Chorley. There is a second incumbency at Douglas." [1]

Do not confuse (this) Eccleston St Mary's Parish with Eccleston Christ Church, a chapelry only--and a separate place, lying near to and within the parish of Prescot ancient parish.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the Crown, 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 which is an index to those certificates sent in to the Public Records Office.  

Another index to those certificates held at each of the local superintendent registrar offices throughout the county is now online (no cost) at the Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths, or otherwise known as  Lancashire BMD. Note that the marriages index provides the names of the parish or chapelry in which a marriage took place.

Church records

Online Records

The parish of St Mary's Eccleston (with parish registers commencing in the year 1603) has much online data which is now accessible to view and not only for its own parish registers but for many of its attached chapelries as well. These parish and chapel registers are now available for the following range of years:

AC = (£)(Lancashire par. records)
FS = FamilySearch
JOIN = Joiner's Marriage Index (£)
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
Baptisms Marriages Burials 
FS 1771-1847 1723-1847 None
LOPC 1603-1900 1701-1900 1603-1900
1772-1900 (Banns)
AC 1603-1694 1603-1694 1603-1694
JOIN 1813-1837
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC 1718-1857 1721-1753 None[1]
AC None None None
WRIGHTINGTON Chapelry (1842) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1849-1861 1849-1851 None
LOPC 1857-1921 1873-1921 1857-1925
AC None None None

The Family History Library has microfilmed by far the vast majority of Lancashire's original parish and chapelry registers, Bishop's transcripts, including Eccleston's above-mentioned registers. These are available for ordering to and personally searching at any of the over 4,600 FamilySearch Centers available 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.

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 A. Lewis (pub. 1848), pp. 139-144. URL: Date accessed: 29 June 2010.