Goodshaw, Lancashire Genealogy

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St Mary And All Saints contributor Alexander P Kapp

Chapelry History

BOOTHS, HIGHER, a township, in the parish of Whalley, union of Haslingden, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 2 miles (N.) from Rawtenstall, and 2½ (N. N. E.) from Haslingden; containing 3652 inhabitants. This township comprises 2606 acres of land; it is on the road from Manchester to Burnley, and includes the villages of Goodshaw-Booth, Goodshaw-Fold, Crawshaw-Booth, Low-Clough, and Sunny-Side, all of them within the district of Rossendale. The tenures are copyhold, of the honour of Clitheroe. Coal and stone are wrought; there are two extensive calico-printing establishments, and many cotton-mills. Among the more remarkable residences in the township are, Crawshaw-Booth Hall, an ancient stone building; Rake; and Low-Clough; and near the print-works at SunnySide, are the elegant mansions of their owners. Goodshaw has a chapel, to which a district has been assigned, co-extensive with the township: the living is a perpetual curacy, with a net income of £150; patrons, the Hulme Trustees. The chapel stands on Morrell Height; it was erected in the reign of Henry VIII., and rebuilt in 1829. The Wesleyans, Baptists, Primitive Methodists, and Society of Friends have places of worship; and there are several schools, one of which, situated at CrawshawBooth, and in connexion with the Church, was built in 1835–6.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 302-305. URL: Date accessed: 01 July 2010.

Goodshaw St Mary and All Saints is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1741 from  Whalley, Lancashire Ancient Parish.


Civil Registration

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Church records

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Parish registers for the chapelry of Goodshaw, 1749-1907 Microfilm copy of originals at the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.Goodshaw is a chapelry in Whalley parish. The chapelry was also known as St. Mary and All Saints' Church.
Manchester Central Library call nos.: L82/1/1, L82/1/2/3, L82/1/3/1, L82/1/4/2.

Baptisms, 1749-1854. Burials, 1755-1841.
Inventory of church records. Baptisms, 1854-1900. Marriages, 1838-1907. Burials, 1841-1893.

Bishop's transcripts for Goodshaw, 1699-1838 Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston. Goodshaw is a chapelry in the parish of Whalley.
Lancashire Record Office: DRB 2/246

Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1699?; baptisms and burials, 1801-1838.
1068834 Item 2

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

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Census records

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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.

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