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Parish History[edit | edit source]

The chapelry of Ellenbrook St Mary the Virgin was founded in 1758 within Eccles, Lancashire  Ancient Parish.

Historically within the Diocese of Chester, the modern parish is part of the diocese of Manchester.

The chapel was founded under the patronage of the Earl of Ellesmere.

Ellenbrook is part of the City of Salford.

Though its  origins are uncertain, Ellenbrook chapel possibly existed in the early 13th century. It is not known whether a contemporary reference to a chapel at Worsley referred to Ellenbrook chapel, or to another chapel in the hall of the lords of Worsley. It was an outlying chapel within the parish of Eccles, the nearest churches being at Eccles, LancashireLeigh, Lancashire and Deane, Lancashire in Bolton. It was probably established through a grant from the Benedictine Abbot of Stanlawe Abbey (on the Mersey estuary) to Richard de Worsley, with the Benedictines staffing the chapel and paying sixpence a year to Eccles church to acknowledge the chapel's subsidiary status. The monks later moved from Stanlow to Whalley Abbey.
In 1581, the chapel was endowed by Dorothy Brereton. Dorothy, daughter of Sir Richard Egerton of Ridley, Cheshire had married Richard Brereton of Worsley and Tatton, Lord of the Manor of Worsley, in 1572. Richard died in 1598, and was buried in Eccles Parish Church, and Dorothy married Sir Peter Legh of Lyme Hall, Cheshire in 1604. She was widowed again in 1636.

Dame Dorothy Legh died in 1639, and was buried in Eccles church. She bequeathed £400 to Ellenbrook chapel to buy Common Head Farm at Mosley Common, the income from which established Dame Dorothy Legh's Charity, which continues today. Following a legal dispute in the 1650s, it was determined that the charity would support the minister of Ellenbrook chapel and the local poor.

The first known minister at Ellenbrook was a Mr. Hunt, in around 1608. The chapel was not continously served by a resident minister, and during the 17th century numerous ministers were associated with Ellenbrook, many for only a few months. Of these, the longest-serving was Thomas Johnson whose service of some 30 years ended around 1646. Johnson was a renowned puritan, who left Ellenbrook to become Rector of Stockport until his death in 1656.

Perhaps the most notorious of the 17th century ministers was William Coulburn, who was at Ellenbrook from 1657 to around 1663. In 1663 he was arrested, possibly for trying to steal money through confidence tricks, an act which he perpetrated in various other parts of England in subsequent years. Despite numerous question marks over his character, Coulburn returned to Lancashire as minister at  Mottram in Longendale, Cheshire, where he was buried following his death in around 1697.

ELLENBROOK, a chapelryin Eccles parish, Lancashire; 2½ miles east of Tyldesley."[1] 

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Post 1837 events may be search online at Free BMD

Ellenbrook is part of Salford registration district.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Ellenbrook- St Mary the Virgin
Baptisms-1818-1902- MFPR 1678
Burials-1828-1828- MFPR 1678
Burials-1833-1833- MFPR 1678
See also Ellenbrook Chapel for baptisms recorded in the  Leigh, St Mary the Virgin registers and  St Mary Eccles, Lancashire registers

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers for Ellenbrook, 1818-1902 Microfilm of original records at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
Ellenbrook is a chapelry in Eccles parish and later in Worsley parish. The chapel is known as St. Mary's.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L119/1/1/1-4.

Baptisms, 1818-April 1842.
1408572 Items 10 - 11
Baptisms, December 1841-1902. Burials, 1828, 1833, 1844.
1408573 Items 1 - 3

Bishop's transcripts for Eccles, 1613-1864 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Bishop's transcripts from the parish of Eccles and the chapelries of St. Thomas' (Pendleton), St. Peter's (Swinton), Ellenbrook, St. Paul's (Walkden Moor), St. John's (Pendlebury), St. Catherine's (Barton-upon-Irwell) and St. Mark's (Worsley).
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/82-108

Baptisms, marriages and burials of Eccles, 1777-1797 (includes baptisms and burials from the chapelries of St. Thomas in Pendleton from 1776, St. Peter in Swinton from 1792; and baptisms from Ellenbrook from 1781)
Baptisms, marriages and burials of Eccles, 1798-1815 (Includes baptisms and burials from Swinton and Pendleton and baptisms from Ellenbrook)
Baptisms, marriages and burials of Eccles, 1814-1820 (includes baptisms and burials from Swinton and baptisms from Ellenbrook)
Baptisms, marriages and burials from Eccles, 1820-1824 (includes baptisms and burials from Swinton and Pendleton and baptisms from Ellenbrook)
Baptisms, marriages and burials of Eccles, 1825-1828 (Includes baptisms and burials of Swinton and Pendleton and baptisms of Ellenbrook)
Baptisms, marriages and burials of Eccles, 1829-1832 (Includes baptisms and burials of Swinton, and Pendleton and baptisms of Ellenbrook)
Baptisms, marriages and burials of Eccles, 1833-1836 (includes baptisms and burials of Swinton and Pendleton and baptisms of Ellenbrook)
Marriages, 1837 and baptisms and burials, 1837-1843 of Eccles. (Includes Ellenbrook, Swinton, Pendleton, St. Paul's in Walkden Moor, from 1839, St. John's in Pendlebury , 1842-1843, and St. Catherine's in Barton-upon-Irwell from 1843.)
Baptisms and burials, 1844-1850 of Eccles; and also the chapelries of Pendleton, Swinton, Walkden Moor, Barton-upon-Irwell, Ellenbrook, and St. Mark's in Worsley (from 1846)
Baptisms and burials, 1851-1857 of Eccles, with the chapelries of Swinton, Barton, Pendleton, Walkden Moor to 1851 and Ellenbrook to 1852

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]

Salford, Lancashire Poor Law Union

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Lancashire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes E through G

Maps[edit | edit source]

England Jurisdictions 1851

Web Sites[edit | edit source] for information about the parish


  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870)&lt;br