Great Marsden, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Great Marsden was created a district chapel in 1845 from, and lying within the boundaries of Whalley, Lancashire civil Parish, and the township chapelry of Colne, 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.

The parish history can be summarised:

  • 1845 Mission church founded
  • 1848 Church built in Barkerhouse Road
  • 1896 Church restored
  • 1996 Demolished, services held in the former school - Church Centre next to the site
  • 1999 Church Centre unsafe, services held at St.Philip's whilst new church to be built on the site of the previous one
  • 2000 May, New church building consecrated, the Parish now combined with that of St.Philip on Leeds Road

"MARSDEN, GREAT, a township with a district chapelry, in the parochial chapelry of Colne, and in parish of Whalley, union of Burnley, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire, 3½ miles northeast by north from Burnley. A district church was endowed in 1845 and was dedicated to St. John."[1]

The Wesleyans have a place of worship."


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

Church of England

Great Marsden chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Whalley 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

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1845-1900 1849-1900 1849-1900
LOPC 1845-1900 1849-1900 1849-1895
LBMD None 1849-1982 None
WHALLEY ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS PARISH (1538) Indexes (ancient parish containing GREAT MARSDEN Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1538-1888 1539-1837 None
LOPC 1538-1601, 1605-1845, 1848-1860, 1862-1875 1539-1601, 1605-1647, 1653-1900 1538-1601, 1605-1840, 1843-1891
LBMD 1837-1937 None 1837-1937
FMP None 1539-1627 None
AC 1538-1601, 1605-1653
1538-1601, 1605-1653
1538-1601, 1605-1653
FREG 1538-1631 1539-1651 1538-?

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Great Marsden and comprising the whole ancient parish of Whalley to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the WHALLEY ST MARY PARISH page.

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

Burnley 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. 260-263. URL: Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010.