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Note:&nbsp; While the above list of Chapelries is meant to be&nbsp;thorough; however it is not as complete as the lists found on each Parish's&nbsp;main&nbsp;page. Currently, each Lancashire parish page (under "Church Records") is being built in order to accurately list&nbsp;<u>all</u> chapels which have been assigned and are attached to it.&nbsp;&nbsp;  
Note:&nbsp; While the above list of Chapelries is meant to be&nbsp;thorough; however it is not as complete as the lists found on each Parish's&nbsp;main&nbsp;page. Currently, each Lancashire parish page (under "Church Records") is being built in order to accurately list&nbsp;<u>all</u> chapels which have been assigned and are attached to it.&nbsp;&nbsp;  

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Lancashire, is a maritime county located in the North West of England. It is sometimes called the County of Lancaster.

By 1850 Lancashire was comprised of only 75 ancient parishes, each with mostly large boundaries. However, with over 400 smaller chapels  in Lancashire (called chapelries, chapels of ease, district chapels or ecclesiastical churches), most parishes on average had 8 chapels which sub-divided them.  

Each chapel of ease possesses 'parish' registers of baptisms, and (where extant) marriages and burials of their own, and many of them, from ancient times.

Choose your parish from the The Parishes A-Z list below and click to see a link to a "Comprehensive List of Chapels" for each ancient parish. If a link does not appear in this list, then check "The Chapels A-Z" listing below it to find it.

You can also check John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales or, Samuel A. Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England to determine whether your 'parish' was in fact a "parish" or, if it was instead a chapel of ease (chapelry) within a large parish boundary, etc.

Lancashire's Ancient Parishes And Their Chapels 

The Parishes(A-Z):

Aldingham Altcar                        Ashton in Makerfield St Thomas
Ashton under Lyne St Michael Aughton Bispham
Bolton le Moors St Peter Bolton le Sands Blackburn St Mary
Brindle Bury St Mary Cartmel
Childwall Chipping Chorley St Laurence
Claughton St Chad Cockerham Colton
Croft with Southworth Croston Dalton in Furness
Deane Eccles Eccleston St Mary
Flixton Garstang Golborne
Halsall Halton Hawkshead
Hesketh with Becconsall Heysham Hoole
Huyton Kirkby Ireleth Kirkham
Lancaster St Mary Leigh Leyland
Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas Lytham Manchester Our Lady, St George & St Denys
Melling Middleton Mitton St Michael
Newchurch Newton in Makerfield St Peter, Lancashire North Meols
Ormskirk Pennington Penwortham
Poulton le Fylde Prescot Preston St John
Prestwich St Mary Radcliffe St Mary Ribchester
Rochdale St Chad Rufford Sefton
St Michael on Wyre Standish Tarleton
Tatham Thornton in Lonsdale (Yorkshire) Tunstal
Ulverston St Mary Urswick Walton on the Hill St Mary
Warrington St Elphin Warton (near Lancaster) Whalley
Whittington Wigan All Saints Winwick

The Chapelries(A-Z):

Abram  Accrington St James Adlington
Admarsh Aigburth Ainsworth
Altham Ancoats All Souls - 1840 Ancoats St Andrew  - 1831
Ancoats Christ Church - 1844 Ancoats St James the Less - 1867 Ancoats St Jude - 1837
Ancoats St Martin - 1865 Angerton Ardwick St Benedict
Ardwick St Silas - 1842 Ardwick St Thomas - 1740 Arkholme
Ashton under Lyne Christ Church  Ashton under Lyne St Peter Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew
Ashworth Astley Astley Bridge
Atherton Audenshaw Bacup
Balderstone Bamber Bridge St Saviour Bardsley
Barrowford Barton Barton upon Irwell
Bedford Leigh Beswick Christ Church Beswick St Mary
Bevington Bickerstaffe Billinge Birch - see Birch in Hopwood
Birch in Hopwood Birch in Rusholme St James Birch in Rusholme Holy Trinity
Bircle Birtle Blackburn Holy Trinity
Blackburn St John Blackburn St Michael and All Angels Blackburn St Paul
Blackburn St Peter Blackley St Andrew Blackley St Peter
Blackpool St John Blackrod Blawith
Bolton le Moors All Saints Bolton le Moors Christ Church Bolton le Moors Emmanuel
Bolton le Moors Holy Trinity Bolton le Moors St George Bolton le Sands
Little Bolton St John Bootle St Mary Bradford Christ Church
Bradford St Philip Bradshaw Brathay
Bretherton Briercliffe Brindle Heath St Ann
Broughton (nr Preston) Broughton Ascension Broughton - cum Kearsal St John the Evangelist - 1837
Broughton St Thomas Broughton (Higher) St James Broughton in Furness
Brownhill St Gabriel Burnage St Margaret Burnley St Paul
Burnley St Peter Burnley St James Burscough Bridge
Burton in Kendal - see Westmorland County Burton Wood Bury St John
Bury St Paul Cartmel Fell Caton with Littledale
Chadderton St John Chadderton St Matthew Chatburn
Cheetham Hill St Mark Redbank Cheetham St Albans Cheetham St Luke
Cheetham St Thomas Chipping Chorley St George
Chorley St Peter Chorlton cum Hardy Chorlton upon Medlock All Saints 1808
Chorlton upon Medlock St Ambrose 1884 Chorlton upon Medlock St Clement 1793 Chorlton upon Medlock St Luke
Chorlton upon Medlock St Matthias Chorlton upon Medlock St Paul Chorlton upon Medlock St Saviour
Chorlton upon Medlock St Stephen Church Coniston Church Kirk
Claughton Clayton St Cross Clayton le Moors
Clitheroe Clitheroe Castle Clitheroe St James
Cockersand Abbey Coldhurst Collyhurst Albert Memorial Chapel
Collyhurst St Catherine Collyhurst St George in the Fields Collyhurst St James
Collyhurst St Oswald Colne Colne Christ Church
Coniston Copp Coppull
Crossens Croxteth Park Crumpsall St Mary
Crumpsall St Thomas Daisyfield St Michaels Daisy Lane - 1839 Daisyfield St Michael All Angels - 1839
Dendron Denton Denton Christ Church
Denton St George, Danebank Didsbury Dolphinholme
Downall Green or Garswood End - 1838 Downham Droylsden
East Broughton East Crompton Eccleston Christ Church (near Prescot)
Eccleston St Thomas Edenfield Egton cum Newland
Ellel Ellenbrook Elton
Euxton Everton Christ Church Everton St Augustine
Everton St George Everton St Peter Failsworth
Farington Farnworth Farnworth and Kearsley
Fence-in-Pendle Feniscowles Field Broughton St Peter
Finsthwaite Formby Garstang St Thomas
Garston Garswood End (see Downall Green) Glasson
Glodwick Golborne Goodshaw
Goosnargh Gorton St James Great Crosby
Great Eccleston Great Harwood Great Lever
Great Marsden Great Sankey Gressingham
Grimsargh Habergham All Saints Habergham Eaves
Haigh and Aspull Hale Halewood
Halliwell St Paul Halliwell St Peter Harpurhey
Harwood Haslingden Haughton - see Denton
Haverthwaite Healey Heapey
Heaton Mersey Heaton Norris Henheads
Hey Heyhouses Heywood
Heywood St James Hindley Hoghton
Holcombe Hollinfare Hollinwood
Holme Island Holme St John Hornby
Horwich Hulme Christ Church Hulme St George
Hulme St Mark Hulme St Philip Hundersfield
Hurst Hurst Green Inskip
Kersall Moor Kirkby Kirkdale St Mary
Knotty Ash St John the Evangelist Knowsley Lancaster Castle
Lancaster St Anne Lancaster St John Lancaster St Thomas
Lane Bridge Langho Latchford_St_James

Lathom St James Leck Lees - see Hey Leesfield
Levenshulme Lever Bridge Lindale
Litherland Christ Church Little Bolton All Saints Little Bolton St John
Little Crosby Little Hulton Little Lever
Little Marsden Littleborough Littledale
Liverpool All Saints Liverpool All Souls Vauxhall Liverpool Blessed Virgin Mary
Liverpool Christ Church Liverpool Holy Innocents Liverpool Holy Trinity
Liverpool St Andrew Liverpool St Anne Liverpool St Barnabas
Liverpool St Bartholomew Liverpool St Bride Liverpool St Catherine
Liverpool St David Liverpool St George Liverpool St John
Liverpool St Jude
Liverpool St John the Evangelist Liverpool St Luke Liverpool St Mark
Liverpool St Martin in the Fields Liverpool St Martin Cemetery Liverpool St Mary's Cemetery
Liverpool St Mary Liverpool St Matthew Liverpool St Matthias
Liverpool St Michael Liverpool St Nicholas - united with Liverpool St Peter in 1838 Liverpool St Paul
Liverpool St Peter Liverpool St Philip Liverpool St Saviour
Liverpool St Silas Liverpool St Simon Liverpool St Stephen
Liverpool St Thomas Longridge Longsight
Longton Lower Darwen St James Lowick
Lumb Lund Lydgate
Lydiate Lytham St John Maghull
Manchester All Souls Manchester St Ann Manchester St Barnabas
Manchester St Clement Manchester St George Manchester St James
Manchester St John Manchester St Mary Manchester St Matthew, Campfield
Manchester St Matthias - see Salford St Matthias Manchester St Michael Manchester St Paul
Manchester St Peter Manchester St Peter, Oldham Road Manchester St Philip
Manchester St Philip, Bradford Road;- see Bradford Marton Mawdesley with Bispham
Melling (near Liverpool) Mellor Mellor-Brook - see also Mellor and Balderstone
Miles Platting Milnrow Mossley
Moss-side Much Woolton Musbury
Newchurch in Pendle Newchurch in Rossendale  Newton All Saints
Newton in Makerfield Emmanuel Oldham St James Oldham St Mary
Oldham St Peter Openshaw Ordsall
Oswaldtwistle Out Rawcliffe Over Darwen St James
Over Darwen St John the Evangelist Over Darwen St Peter Over Darwen Holy Trinity
Over Kellet Overton Paddington
Padgate Padiham Parr
Peel Pemberton Pendlebury
Pendleton All Saints near Clitheroe Pendleton St Thomas (nearSalford) Pendleton Hall
Pilling Poulton Poulton le Sands
Preston All Saints Preston Christ Church
Preston Holy Trinity Preston St George Preston St James
Preston St Mary Preston St Paul Preston St Peter
Preston St Wilfrid Quernmore Radcliffe St Thomas
Rainford Rainhill Rampside
Ramsbottom Rawtenstall Reddish
Reedley Hallows, Filly Close and New Laund Booth Ribby cum Wrea Ringley
Rivington Royton Rusholme
Rusland Salesbury Salford Sacred Trinity
Salford Christ Church Salford St Bartholomew Salford St Matthias
Salford St Philip Salford St Simon Salford St Stephen
Salford St George Charlestown Salford Stowell Memorial Chapel Salford St Luke (Weaste)
Salford St Clement Salford St John the Evangelist Samlesbury
Sandowne-Park Satterthwaite Scarisbrick
Seaforth Seathwaite Shaw
Shireshead Shuttleworth Silverdale
Singleton Skelmersdale Skerton
Smallbridge South Shore Holy Trinity Southport Christ Church
Southport Holy Trinity Spotland St Helens
Stalmine Stalybridge New St George Stalybridge Old St George
Stand Staveley Stidd
Stockton Heath Stretford St Matthew Sutton
Swinton St Peter Tatham Fells Thornton
Thornton in Lonsdale Tockholes Todmorden
Tonge Tonge cum Alkrington Torver
Tottington Tottington Higher End Toxteth Park
Toxteth Park St Clement Toxteth Park St James Toxteth Park St John the Baptist
Toxteth Park St Michael Toxteth Park St Thomas Trafford (Old)
Trawden Turton Tydesley cum Shakerley
Ulverston Holy Trinity Unsworth Upholland


Urmston Victoria Park
Walmersley Walmsley Walney
Walsden Walton le Dale Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill
Walton Breck Wardle St James - see also Hundersfield Wardleworth St James
Wardleworth St Mary Warrington Christ Church Warrington Holy Trinity
Warrington St Paul Warton (near Kirkham) Waterhead
Wavertree Holy Trinity Weeton Werneth West Broughton
West Derby St Mary West Houghton Westleigh St Paul
Whalley Range Whitechapel Whitewell
Whittle le Woods Whitworth Wigan St Catherine
Wigan St George Withington Withnell
Woodland Witton Woodplumpton
Worsley Worsthorne Wray
Wyresdale Yate and Pickup Bank Yealand

Note:  While the above list of Chapelries is meant to be thorough; however it is not as complete as the lists found on each Parish's main page. Currently, each Lancashire parish page (under "Church Records") is being built in order to accurately list all chapels which have been assigned and are attached to it.  

Because these smaller chapels of ease and district chapels makeup the vast portion of Lancashire's geographical tapestry, thorough Lancashire research especially requires careful comprehensive, diligent study to determine all  chapels of ease, chapelries, district churches, and parochial chapels lying within the boundary of each ancient parish.

Lancashire contains also "parts of 4 other [border] parishes, and at least 9 extra-parochial places. Prior to 1870, and for historical purposes, it may be helpful to know that the county was divided into the city of Manchester, and the boroughs of Ashton-under-Lyne, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Clitheroe, Lancaster, Liverpool, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, and Wigan, and included parts of the Cheshire boroughs of Stalybridge, Stockport, and Warrington...

Lancashire's assizes (higher courts) were held at Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. The quarter sessions (smaller courts) were held at Lancaster, Preston, Liverpool, and Manchester.

Here is an excellent 1870, historical view of the county in Wilson'sImperial Gazetteer of England and Wales[1]

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Research Tools


Lancashire is one of the most complex of all England's counties. The following interactive map enables researchers to make sense of this county's jurisdictional makeup:  1851 Jurisdictions Map. If you want to know those parishes (or chapelries) immediately surrounding and contiguous to your target parish in which an ancestor possibly lived, was born or married, or to know in which diocesan court in order to search for a probate (will) record, or a marriage licence, allegation or bond, etc., use this map to find each parish and all of its chapelries.  

IF the above Maps do not list or mention your place, then see the "Parishes" section under "Lancashire" and click the name of the parish (see double **) in which your ancestor resided. Then click the "Comprehensive List of Chapels and Churches" which more thoroughly list all chapels attached to each parish.

In Lancashire research, 'knowing and then searching all chapel registers within an ancient parish--is a "must" before searching in the next contiguous ancient parish! Why? Because most parishes have multiple chapelries attached to it and the chapelries often sent couples off to the mother (ancient) parish for marrying and for their dead to be buried, as 80 percent of all chapelries were not granted permission to marry, and some of them possessed no burial yard (some did not maintain church burial grounds). Do not  searchthe next parish church's registersunless or until you've searched all chapels of ease registers, of those lying within the target parish's boundary! 

Two great resources (free) to help you determine whether a Lancashire place was an ancient parish or a chapelry (a chapel of ease) and the name of the parish in which it resided, are 1) Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (published 1848) and 2) Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales.

Also all the key jurisdiction levels in which each ancient (civil) parish and most chapelries (but not yet all) are attached and viewable in the above Jurisdiction Map tool.

Civil Registration District Jurisdictions 

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Lancashire was divided into nearly  40 registration districts, each containing numerous parishes and their attached chapelries. To view and see a list of Lancashire districts and the parishes they contain, will help you quickly identify the correct registration district name when searching for ancestors in the civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths (in the post-1837 era).

Ancient Parishes Jurisdictions

See a list of Lancashire's 75 parishes (see double asterisks) with links to articles and its 500-plus chapelries. 

Probate Court Jurisdictions

Read more about Lancashire Probate Records.

Before 1858, every town and parish in Lancashire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and one or more secondary courts.  To see a list of Lancashire parishes and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, go to Lancashire Probate Records.

You will find for any given place name, all of the jurisdiction levels and more, in the above map.

Useful Resources

Raymond, Stuart A. Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography, vol. 1, Lancashire genealogical sources. Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.

Raymond, Stuart A. Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography, vol. 2. Registers, inscriptions and wills. Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.

Raymond, Stuart A. Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography, vol. 3. Lancashire family histories and pedigrees. Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.

Useful Websites

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

  1. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870). Adapted. Date accessed: 30 Apr 2012