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Return to the [[Lancashire|Lancashire]] page.  
 
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Lancashire originally and from early&nbsp;times was divided into approximately 70 ancient parishes, making this county unique compared to all of England's other counties, almost without exception.&nbsp;England's other counties, i.e. Cornwall were comprised of&nbsp;hundreds of parishes, including&nbsp;some of the lesser populated ones. By contrast, Lancashire was comprised ecclesiastically of a mere 70 parishes, but nearly 500 chapels of ease (sometimes called chapelries)--''<u>all attached</u>'' to each ancient parish! On average, each Lancashire ancient parish, had at least 8 chapelries attached to it!&nbsp;
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This is the Lancashire parishes (and chapelries) page.
  
By the 19th Century, Lancashire&nbsp;had become&nbsp;one of England's most populated counties, due mostly to the Industrial Revolution. To handle the dramatic population explosion within its county boundaries, the Established Church, that is the Church of England, created hundreds of chapels of ease (or chapelries) in order to handle the county's burdgeoning populations.&nbsp;  
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Lancashire is by far one of&nbsp;England's most populated counties.&nbsp;Yet from early&nbsp;times Lancashire possessed only&nbsp;about&nbsp;75 ancient parishes, making it exceptionally unique among all&nbsp;of England's&nbsp;counties.&nbsp;  
  
'''Note to all Lancashire Researchers''': Unlike&nbsp;other England counties (except Cheshire, Greater London and most big cities), identifying, listing and then researching in Lacnashire parishes requires you to identify&nbsp;''all'' chapelries&nbsp;attached to each ancient parish. This&nbsp;difficult but ''critical'' in order to conduct&nbsp; thorough research in Lancashire.&nbsp;Lancashire's parishes average close to 8 chapelries each.&nbsp;Listed&nbsp;below is as thorough and complete a listing of '''all''' chapels lying within each ancient parish as can accurately be determined through multiple reference sources.&nbsp;<u>No single reference source is complete or accurate in identifying all chapels of ease within each ancient parish.</u> To help you determine parishes from chapelries,&nbsp;see or view the [["Lancashire Ancient Parishes"]] page or, click on any&nbsp;of&nbsp;the ancient parishes listed below and click the "''Comprehensive List of Parishes and Chapelries''" link found at the top of each&nbsp;parish's ''main page''. ['''Note:''' To help you distinguish between parishes and chapelries in the list below, we have placed a double asterisk--'''**''' next to each ancient parish.]
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For example,&nbsp;Cornwall,&nbsp;Somerset, Gloucestershire and most other less populated counties were&nbsp;comprised of&nbsp;hundreds of parishes. By contrast, each of Lancashire's&nbsp;parishes were&nbsp;ecclesiastically subdivided by&nbsp;an average of 8 chapels of ease,&nbsp;often referred to as&nbsp;chapelries, district churches and/or an&nbsp;ecclesiastical parish (though usually ''not'' the ancient&nbsp;or 'mother'&nbsp;parish).  
  
''These "Comprehensive Lists", are printable and provide as&nbsp;complete&nbsp;studies as may be compiled, of '''all''' chapels and chapelries attached to each parish with their beginning dates and links to their records availability--critical for conducting thorough research within each parish. After&nbsp;completing a search in the original ancient parish registers, be certain to ask yourself if you have also researched each chapelry attached to the parish as listed in the "Comprehensive Lists"&nbsp;of parishes and chapels within the boundary of each&nbsp;ancient parish. To not follow this strategy in your research will result in&nbsp;less&nbsp;thorough searching, and failure to solve your research problems or objectives. These lists will greatly&nbsp;aid&nbsp;you as you attempt to progress your research into surrounding parishes.''&nbsp;Incomplete lists of&nbsp;chapels and chapelries&nbsp;lying within an ancient&nbsp;parish is probably the number one reason many&nbsp;researchers&nbsp;have&nbsp;decades-old 'brickwall'&nbsp;problems in tracing ancestral lines&nbsp;in of Lancashire!
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Overall, the county&nbsp;also comprised&nbsp;over 400&nbsp;of these smaller chapels of ease of the Church of England!&nbsp;A&nbsp;majority of them however, were created&nbsp;mostly from the 1820's to 1900.&nbsp;Still,&nbsp;many of Lancashire's chapels--like their ancient parish&nbsp;counterpart--were established from ancient times.
  
While the list (below) indicates most of Lancashire's churches including the 70 ancient parishes (**), it is in the "Comprehensive Lists" that you find as complete and thorough&nbsp;a list of all chapelries which are attached to that&nbsp;ancient parish''':'''  
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Each&nbsp;chapelry&nbsp;(church) kept&nbsp;their own&nbsp;separate church&nbsp;registers of christenings, often&nbsp;burial and sometimes marriage registers as well.&nbsp;The vast majority of its chapels and district churches never&nbsp;received "parish" status. Those&nbsp;that did so, were&nbsp;granted&nbsp;parish&nbsp;status by the twentieth century. Most of those that did not obtain "parish" status were not granted 'licence'&nbsp;to marry couples.
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Due mostly to the Industrial Revolution, Lancashire&nbsp;had by the 19th Century, become&nbsp;one of England's most populated counties. To handle the dramatic population explosion within its county boundaries, the Established Church, that is the Church of England, created hundreds of chapels of ease (or chapelries) and district churches, each one attached to an ancient parish.
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'''Note to all Lancashire Researchers''':
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The following list of 'Lancashire parishes" is actually a list of&nbsp;its 75 ancient parishes&nbsp;''and approximately 400-plus chapels'' of ease (chapelries, district chapels, parochial chapelries,etc).&nbsp;&nbsp;
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However,&nbsp;to help you determine&nbsp;all chapelries within an ancient parish,&nbsp;see or view the [["Lancashire Ancient Parishes"]] page or,&nbsp;click on any&nbsp;of&nbsp;the ancient parishes listed below (see double asterisked ["**"] names below); then&nbsp;click the "''Comprehensive List of Parishes and Chapelries''" link found at the top of each&nbsp;parish's ''main page''. You will find each&nbsp;chapel listed with 1) the&nbsp;year it was created,&nbsp;2)&nbsp;the name of the ancient (or 'mother') parish&nbsp;to which it was&nbsp;attached, and 3) with a hyper-link which takes you directly to&nbsp;the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)&nbsp;for available&nbsp;microfilms to view for that chapel or parish's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, etc.
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Critically, and unlike all other England counties (except Cheshire, parts of West Yorkshire, Greater London and most big cities), identifying, listing and then researching&nbsp;Lancashire's parishes used to require that <u>you</u>&nbsp;thoroughly study to identify&nbsp;<u>''all''</u> chapelries&nbsp;attached to each ancient parish. Until now, this&nbsp;was quite difficult to accomplish, and yet&nbsp;a ''crucial step&nbsp;''in order to conduct&nbsp;thorough research in Lancashire because it required using several reference aids, guides and tools to compile one.&nbsp;Each Lancashire parish averaged close to 8 chapelries (additional separate churches with baptism and etc., registers) each. The&nbsp;biggest challenge is Manchester--the largest&nbsp;parish in England with its 150-plus chapelries lying within its boundary!&nbsp;<u>'''''No'''''&nbsp;''single'' reference aid, tool, or source is complete or accurate in identifying all chapels of ease within each ancient parish.</u>&nbsp; However, here in the Lancashire Wiki pages, you will find that this task has been done for you with&nbsp;all the chapelries identfied and listed <u>for</u> you. How is this done? You will note that eah chapelry page "Parish History" precisely indicates to which ancient parish to which it is attached. Conversely, each parish page identifies&nbsp;by name&nbsp;each and every chapelry lying within it boundary. As new and the hard-to-find chapelries come to light, are added to the "Comprehensive List of Chapelries"&nbsp;(found in ancient Parish&nbsp;page).
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''The above "Comprehensive Lists", ''(see links found in each parish's Main page)'', are printable and provide as&nbsp;complete&nbsp;a listing of all chapels in each parish&nbsp;as may be found in one single place--anywhere.''
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''After&nbsp;completing research in&nbsp;the ancient parish registers, be certain to ask yourself if you have also searched in the church registers of each chapelry attached to that parish (as listed in the "Comprehensive Lists"&nbsp;of parishes and chapels). To not follow this strategy in your research will result in&nbsp;less-than&nbsp;thorough searching, and failure to solve your research problems or objectives. These lists will greatly&nbsp;aid&nbsp;you as you attempt to progress your research into surrounding, contiguous parishes and their respective attached&nbsp;chapels,&nbsp;and so on. Aside from the sheer magnitude of its population, incomplete lists of chapels and chapelries&nbsp;''lying within&nbsp;an ancient&nbsp;parish boundary is&nbsp;one of&nbsp;the major&nbsp;reasons many&nbsp;researchers&nbsp;have&nbsp;decades-old 'brickwall'&nbsp;research problems in tracing ancestral lineages&nbsp;in Lancashire!
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While the list (below) indicates most&nbsp;Lancashire churches--including its 75 ancient parishes (**), it is in the "Comprehensive Lists" that you will&nbsp;obtain the most&nbsp;complete and thorough&nbsp;list of all chapelries&nbsp;attached to each's&nbsp;ancient parish''':'''  
  
 
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*[[Burnley St James, Lancashire|Burnley St James]]  
 
*[[Burnley St James, Lancashire|Burnley St James]]  
 
*[[Burscough Bridge, Lancashire|Burscough Bridge]]  
 
*[[Burscough Bridge, Lancashire|Burscough Bridge]]  
*[[Burton in Kendal, Lancashire|Burton in Kendal]]
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*Burton in Kendal - see Westmorland County
 
*[[Burton Wood, Lancashire|Burton Wood]]  
 
*[[Burton Wood, Lancashire|Burton Wood]]  
 
*[[Bury St John, Lancashire|Bury St John]]  
 
*[[Bury St John, Lancashire|Bury St John]]  
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*[[Cheetham St Luke|Cheetham Hill&nbsp;St Luke]]  
 
*[[Cheetham St Luke|Cheetham Hill&nbsp;St Luke]]  
 
*[[Childwall, Lancashire|Childwall]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Childwall, Lancashire|Childwall]]'''**'''  
*[[Chipping, Lancashire|Chipping]]  
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*[[Chipping, Lancashire|Chipping]]'''**'''
 
*[[Chorley St George, Lancashire|Chorley St George]]  
 
*[[Chorley St George, Lancashire|Chorley St George]]  
 
*[[Chorley St Laurence, Lancashire|Chorley St Laurence]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Chorley St Laurence, Lancashire|Chorley St Laurence]]'''**'''  
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*[[Clitheroe St James, Lancashire|Clitheroe St James]]  
 
*[[Clitheroe St James, Lancashire|Clitheroe St James]]  
 
*[[Cockerham, Lancashire|Cockerham]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Cockerham, Lancashire|Cockerham]]'''**'''  
*[[Cockersand Abbey, Lancashire|Cockersand Abbey]]
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*[[Cockersand Abbey, Lancashire|Cockersand Abbey]]  
 
 
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*[[Coldhurst, Lancashire|Coldhurst]]  
 
*[[Coldhurst, Lancashire|Coldhurst]]  
 
*[[Colne, Lancashire|Colne]]  
 
*[[Colne, Lancashire|Colne]]  
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*[[Dendron, Lancashire|Dendron]]  
 
*[[Dendron, Lancashire|Dendron]]  
 
*[[Denton, Lancashire|Denton]]  
 
*[[Denton, Lancashire|Denton]]  
*[[Denton Christ Church, Lancashire|Denton Christ Church]][[West Derby St Mary, Lancashire|<br>]]
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*[[Denton Christ Church, Lancashire|Denton Christ Church]]  
 
*[[Didsbury, Lancashire|Didsbury]]  
 
*[[Didsbury, Lancashire|Didsbury]]  
 
*[[Dolphinholme]]  
 
*[[Dolphinholme]]  
*[[Downham, Lancashire|Downham]]  
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*[[Downham, Lancashire|Downham]]
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*[[Droylsden, Lancashire|Droylsden]]  
 
*[[Droylsden, Lancashire|Droylsden]]  
*[[Field Broughton St Peter, Lancashire|East Broughton]]<br>
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*[[Field Broughton St Peter, Lancashire|East Broughton]]  
*[[East Crompton, Lancashire|East Crompton]]<br>
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*[[East Crompton, Lancashire|East Crompton]]  
 
*[[Eccles, Lancashire|Eccles]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Eccles, Lancashire|Eccles]]'''**'''  
*[[Eccleston, Lancashire|Eccleston St Mary]]&nbsp;(near Croston)'''**'''<br>
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*[[Eccleston, Lancashire|Eccleston St Mary]]&nbsp;(near Croston)'''**'''  
 
*[[Eccleston Christ Church, Lancashire|Eccleston Christ Church]] (near Prescot)  
 
*[[Eccleston Christ Church, Lancashire|Eccleston Christ Church]] (near Prescot)  
 
*[[Eccleston St Thomas, Lancashire|Eccleston St Thomas]]  
 
*[[Eccleston St Thomas, Lancashire|Eccleston St Thomas]]  
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*[[Fence-in-Pendle, Lancashire|Fence-in-Pendle]]  
 
*[[Fence-in-Pendle, Lancashire|Fence-in-Pendle]]  
 
*[[Feniscowles, Lancashire|Feniscowles]]  
 
*[[Feniscowles, Lancashire|Feniscowles]]  
*[[Field Broughton St Peter, Lancashire|Field Broughton St Peter]]<br>
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*[[Field Broughton St Peter, Lancashire|Field Broughton St Peter]]  
 
*[[Finsthwaite, Lancashire|Finsthwaite]]  
 
*[[Finsthwaite, Lancashire|Finsthwaite]]  
 
*[[Flixton, Lancashire|Flixton]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Flixton, Lancashire|Flixton]]'''**'''  
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*[[Glasson, Lancashire|Glasson]]  
 
*[[Glasson, Lancashire|Glasson]]  
 
*[[Glodwick, Lancashire|Glodwick]]  
 
*[[Glodwick, Lancashire|Glodwick]]  
*[[Golborne, Lancashire|Golborne]]'''**'''
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*[[Golborne, Lancashire|Golborne]]  
 
*[[Goodshaw, Lancashire|Goodshaw]]  
 
*[[Goodshaw, Lancashire|Goodshaw]]  
 
*[[Goosnargh, Lancashire|Goosnargh]]  
 
*[[Goosnargh, Lancashire|Goosnargh]]  
 
*[[Gorton St James, Lancashire|Gorton St James]]  
 
*[[Gorton St James, Lancashire|Gorton St James]]  
*[[Great Crosby, Lancashire|Great Crosby]]<br>
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*[[Great Crosby, Lancashire|Great Crosby]]  
*[[Great Harwood, Lancashire|Great Harwood]]<br>
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*[[Great Eccleston]]
*[[Great Lever, Lancashire|Great Lever]]<br>
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*[[Great Harwood, Lancashire|Great Harwood]]  
*[[Great Marsden, Lancashire|Great Marsden]]<br>
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*[[Great Lever, Lancashire|Great Lever]]  
*[[Great Sankey, Lancashire|Great Sankey]]<br>
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*[[Great Marsden, Lancashire|Great Marsden]]  
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*[[Great Sankey, Lancashire|Great Sankey]]  
 
*[[Gressingham, Lancashire|Gressingham]]  
 
*[[Gressingham, Lancashire|Gressingham]]  
 
*[[Grimsargh, Lancashire|Grimsargh]]  
 
*[[Grimsargh, Lancashire|Grimsargh]]  
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*[[Little Lever, Lancashire|Little Lever]]  
 
*[[Little Lever, Lancashire|Little Lever]]  
 
*[[Little Marsden, Lancashire|Little Marsden]]<br>
 
*[[Little Marsden, Lancashire|Little Marsden]]<br>
 
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*[[Littleborough, Lancashire|Littleborough]]  
 
*[[Littleborough, Lancashire|Littleborough]]  
 
*[[Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas, Lancashire|Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas, Lancashire|Liverpool St Peter and St Nicholas]]'''**'''  
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*[[Liverpool St Barnabas, Lancashire|Liverpool St Barnabas]]  
 
*[[Liverpool St Barnabas, Lancashire|Liverpool St Barnabas]]  
 
*[[Liverpool St Bartholomew, Lancashire|Liverpool St Bartholomew]]  
 
*[[Liverpool St Bartholomew, Lancashire|Liverpool St Bartholomew]]  
*[[Liverpool St Bride, Lancashire|Liverpool St Bride]]  
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*[[Liverpool St Bride, Lancashire|Liverpool St Bride]]
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*[[Liverpool St Catherine, Lancashire|Liverpool St Catherine]]  
 
*[[Liverpool St Catherine, Lancashire|Liverpool St Catherine]]  
 
*[[Liverpool St David, Lancashire|Liverpool St David]]  
 
*[[Liverpool St David, Lancashire|Liverpool St David]]  
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*[[Lower Darwen, Lancashire|Lower Darwen&nbsp;St James&nbsp;]]  
 
*[[Lower Darwen, Lancashire|Lower Darwen&nbsp;St James&nbsp;]]  
 
*[[Lowick, Lancashire|Lowick]]  
 
*[[Lowick, Lancashire|Lowick]]  
*[[Lowton, Lancashire|Lowton]]  
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*[[Lowton, Lancashire|Lowton]]**
 
*[[Lumb, Lancashire|Lumb]]  
 
*[[Lumb, Lancashire|Lumb]]  
 
*[[Lund, Lancashire|Lund]]  
 
*[[Lund, Lancashire|Lund]]  
 
*[[Lydgate, Lancashire|Lydgate]]  
 
*[[Lydgate, Lancashire|Lydgate]]  
 
*[[Lydiate, Lancashire|Lydiate]]  
 
*[[Lydiate, Lancashire|Lydiate]]  
*[[Lytham, Lancashire|Lytham]]  
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*[[Lytham, Lancashire|Lytham]] '''**'''
 
*[[Lytham St John, Lancashire|Lytham St John]]  
 
*[[Lytham St John, Lancashire|Lytham St John]]  
 
*[[Maghull, Lancashire|Maghull]]<br>
 
*[[Maghull, Lancashire|Maghull]]<br>
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*[[Melling (near Liverpool), Lancashire|Melling (near Liverpool)]]  
 
*[[Melling (near Liverpool), Lancashire|Melling (near Liverpool)]]  
 
*[[Mellor, Lancashire|Mellor]]<br>
 
*[[Mellor, Lancashire|Mellor]]<br>
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*[[Mellor-Brook, Lancashire|Mellor-Brook]] - see also Mellor and Balderstone
 
*[[Middleton, Lancashire|Middleton]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Middleton, Lancashire|Middleton]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Milnrow, Lancashire|Milnrow]]  
 
*[[Milnrow, Lancashire|Milnrow]]  
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*[[Newton All Saints, Lancashire|Newton All Saints]]  
 
*[[Newton All Saints, Lancashire|Newton All Saints]]  
 
*[[Newton in Makerfield Emmanuel]]  
 
*[[Newton in Makerfield Emmanuel]]  
*[[Newton in Makerfield St Peter, Lancashire|Newton in Makerfield St Peter]]  
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*[[Newton in Makerfield St Peter, Lancashire|Newton in Makerfield St Peter]] '''**'''
 
*[[North Meols, Lancashire|North Meols]]'''**'''  
 
*[[North Meols, Lancashire|North Meols]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Oldham St James, Lancashire|Oldham St James]]  
 
*[[Oldham St James, Lancashire|Oldham St James]]  
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*[[Openshaw, Lancashire|Openshaw]]  
 
*[[Openshaw, Lancashire|Openshaw]]  
 
*[[Ormskirk, Lancashire|Ormskirk]]'''**'''  
 
*[[Ormskirk, Lancashire|Ormskirk]]'''**'''  
*[[Oswaldthistle]]  
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*[[Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire|Oswaldtwistle]]  
 
*[[Out Rawcliffe, Lancashire|Out Rawcliffe]]<br>
 
*[[Out Rawcliffe, Lancashire|Out Rawcliffe]]<br>
 
*[[Over Darwen St James, Lancashire|Over Darwen St James]]<br>
 
*[[Over Darwen St James, Lancashire|Over Darwen St James]]<br>
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*[[Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill, Lancashire|Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill]]  
 
*[[Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill, Lancashire|Walton on the Hill St Mary, Edge Hill]]  
 
*[[Walton Breck]]  
 
*[[Walton Breck]]  
*[[Wardle St James, Lancashire|Wardle St James]]  
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*[[Wardle St James, Lancashire|Wardle St James]] - see also Hundersfield
 
*[[Wardleworth St James, Lancashire|Wardleworth St James]]  
 
*[[Wardleworth St James, Lancashire|Wardleworth St James]]  
 
*[[Wardleworth St Mary, Lancashire|Wardleworth St Mary]]  
 
*[[Wardleworth St Mary, Lancashire|Wardleworth St Mary]]  
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*[[Yate and Pickup Bank, Lancashire|Yate and Pickup Bank]]  
 
*[[Yate and Pickup Bank, Lancashire|Yate and Pickup Bank]]  
 
*[[Yealand, Lancashire|Yealand]]
 
*[[Yealand, Lancashire|Yealand]]
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=== See also  ===
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See the "Parish" (or Chapelry) page for each ancient parish and/or chapelry; then scroll down to "Church Records" to view&nbsp;charts with links to&nbsp;available years for&nbsp;online data content.
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At least three major websites&nbsp;are currently indexing or transcribing Lancashire's chapels and parish registers. These&nbsp;include:
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1. Lancashire Online Parish Clerk (OPC) project - 6 million [OPC Project&nbsp;aims to extract and preserve the records from various parish and provide free online access to the transcriptions. [http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/ <font color="#0066cc">To learn more&nbsp;visit their site</font>].]
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2. FamilySearch.org - 10-plus million
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3. Ancestry.co.uk - currently scanning and indexing parish and chapelry registers
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The Lancashire Record Office in Preston, Lancashire, England has a listing of Deposited Parish registers:
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[http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=4528&pageid=30844&e=e The Lancashire Record Office Deposited Church Records listing]&nbsp; Please access this link for Church Record Information
  
*[[Lancashire Online Parish Clerks]]
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Revision as of 19:06, 11 January 2013

Return to the Lancashire page.

This is the Lancashire parishes (and chapelries) page.

Lancashire is by far one of England's most populated counties. Yet from early times Lancashire possessed only about 75 ancient parishes, making it exceptionally unique among all of England's counties. 

For example, Cornwall, Somerset, Gloucestershire and most other less populated counties were comprised of hundreds of parishes. By contrast, each of Lancashire's parishes were ecclesiastically subdivided by an average of 8 chapels of ease, often referred to as chapelries, district churches and/or an ecclesiastical parish (though usually not the ancient or 'mother' parish).

Overall, the county also comprised over 400 of these smaller chapels of ease of the Church of England! A majority of them however, were created mostly from the 1820's to 1900. Still, many of Lancashire's chapels--like their ancient parish counterpart--were established from ancient times.

Each chapelry (church) kept their own separate church registers of christenings, often burial and sometimes marriage registers as well. The vast majority of its chapels and district churches never received "parish" status. Those that did so, were granted parish status by the twentieth century. Most of those that did not obtain "parish" status were not granted 'licence' to marry couples.

Due mostly to the Industrial Revolution, Lancashire had by the 19th Century, become one of England's most populated counties. To handle the dramatic population explosion within its county boundaries, the Established Church, that is the Church of England, created hundreds of chapels of ease (or chapelries) and district churches, each one attached to an ancient parish.

Note to all Lancashire Researchers:

The following list of 'Lancashire parishes" is actually a list of its 75 ancient parishes and approximately 400-plus chapels of ease (chapelries, district chapels, parochial chapelries,etc).  

However, to help you determine all chapelries within an ancient parish, see or view the "Lancashire Ancient Parishes" page or, click on any of the ancient parishes listed below (see double asterisked ["**"] names below); then click the "Comprehensive List of Parishes and Chapelries" link found at the top of each parish's main page. You will find each chapel listed with 1) the year it was created, 2) the name of the ancient (or 'mother') parish to which it was attached, and 3) with a hyper-link which takes you directly to the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) for available microfilms to view for that chapel or parish's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, etc.

Critically, and unlike all other England counties (except Cheshire, parts of West Yorkshire, Greater London and most big cities), identifying, listing and then researching Lancashire's parishes used to require that you thoroughly study to identify all chapelries attached to each ancient parish. Until now, this was quite difficult to accomplish, and yet a crucial step in order to conduct thorough research in Lancashire because it required using several reference aids, guides and tools to compile one. Each Lancashire parish averaged close to 8 chapelries (additional separate churches with baptism and etc., registers) each. The biggest challenge is Manchester--the largest parish in England with its 150-plus chapelries lying within its boundary! No single reference aid, tool, or source is complete or accurate in identifying all chapels of ease within each ancient parish.  However, here in the Lancashire Wiki pages, you will find that this task has been done for you with all the chapelries identfied and listed for you. How is this done? You will note that eah chapelry page "Parish History" precisely indicates to which ancient parish to which it is attached. Conversely, each parish page identifies by name each and every chapelry lying within it boundary. As new and the hard-to-find chapelries come to light, are added to the "Comprehensive List of Chapelries" (found in ancient Parish page).

The above "Comprehensive Lists", (see links found in each parish's Main page), are printable and provide as complete a listing of all chapels in each parish as may be found in one single place--anywhere.

After completing research in the ancient parish registers, be certain to ask yourself if you have also searched in the church registers of each chapelry attached to that parish (as listed in the "Comprehensive Lists" of parishes and chapels). To not follow this strategy in your research will result in less-than thorough searching, and failure to solve your research problems or objectives. These lists will greatly aid you as you attempt to progress your research into surrounding, contiguous parishes and their respective attached chapels, and so on. Aside from the sheer magnitude of its population, incomplete lists of chapels and chapelries lying within an ancient parish boundary is one of the major reasons many researchers have decades-old 'brickwall' research problems in tracing ancestral lineages in Lancashire!

While the list (below) indicates most Lancashire churches--including its 75 ancient parishes (**), it is in the "Comprehensive Lists" that you will obtain the most complete and thorough list of all chapelries attached to each's ancient parish:










See the "Parish" (or Chapelry) page for each ancient parish and/or chapelry; then scroll down to "Church Records" to view charts with links to available years for online data content.

At least three major websites are currently indexing or transcribing Lancashire's chapels and parish registers. These include:


1. Lancashire Online Parish Clerk (OPC) project - 6 million [OPC Project aims to extract and preserve the records from various parish and provide free online access to the transcriptions. To learn more visit their site.]

2. FamilySearch.org - 10-plus million

3. Ancestry.co.uk - currently scanning and indexing parish and chapelry registers

The Lancashire Record Office in Preston, Lancashire, England has a listing of Deposited Parish registers:

The Lancashire Record Office Deposited Church Records listing  Please access this link for Church Record Information