Leigh, Lancashire Genealogy

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Parish History

Leigh is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Lancashire.

For a list of all chapels standing within this parish, see A Comprehensive List of Chapelries in Leigh Parish.

"LEIGH St Mary, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of West Derby, S. division of Lancashire, 46 miles south by southeast of Lancaster, comprising the separate parochial district chapel of Tyldesley cum Shakerley, as well the chapelries of Astley, Atherton, and Bedford, and the townships of Pennington and Westleigh.

 At Astley, Atherton, Bedford, Tyldesley, and Westleigh are other chapels.

There are places of worship for Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, Roman Catholics, and others."[1]


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 http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/

Church records

Online Records

Leigh St Mary's parish registers and those registers of all of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

 [FS = FamilySearch.org; LOPC =  Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project]; FMP =  FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk; LBMDLancashire BMD.org.uk; AC = http://search.ancestry.co.uk]

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1559-1872 1701-1845  1753-1857
LOPC 1700-1901 1560-1901 1660-1856 
FMP  None None
LBMD None 1837-1950 None 
AC 1558-1700 1558-1700 1558-1700
LEIGH ST PAUL Chapelry (1847) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 12 None None
LOPC None 1892-1900 1848-1901
LEIGH ST THOMAS Chapelry (1841) Indexes
FS 198 198 None
LOPC None 1843-1886 1841-1903 
LBMD  None None None
  ATHERTON Chapelry (1724) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 173 853  1799-1830
LOPC 1724-1849 None None
LBMD None None None
AC 112 12 9812
ATHERTON CHOWBENT Chapelry (1756) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
LOPC 1756-1890 1901-1924 1785-1888
ASTLEY  1744;  BEDFORD Chapelry (1840) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None  None 
LOPC None None None
LBMD  None None None
PENNINGTON Chapelry (1856) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None  None
LOPC None None None
LBMD  None   None
TYLDESLEY Chapelry (1829) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
WESTLEIGH ST PAUL (1848) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 10 180  None
LOPC None 1892-1900 1848-1901
LBMD None 1849-1976 None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 19 18  159
AC  118 718 
FMP None   None
Chapelry (1861) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1861-1900 1866-1900  None
LOPC 1861-1900  1865-1900  None
FMP  None None None
  Chapelry (1840) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1840-1880 None 1840-1880 
LOPC 1840-1880  None 1840-1880
FMP  None None None
 Chapelry (1676) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1676-1888 1691-1835  1676-1859
LOPC 1676-1812 1691-1828 1676-1930
LBMD  None 1838-2000 None
FMP None 1691-1835 None
AC 1676-1828 1676-1828 1676-1828
 Chapelry (1848) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD  None 1850-2004  None
AC None None None
 Chapelry (1599) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None  None  None
LOPC None None None
LBMD  None None None
Chapelry (1724) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1715-1880 None  1813-1880
LOPC 1723-1813 None 1725-1741
FMP  None None None

Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection Leigh- St Mary the Virgin

The following on-line indexes exist for this church:

  • Baptisms 1558-1839 and Marriages 1560-1837 are indexed on the International Genealogical Index.
  • Marriages 1837-1916 are indexed on Lancashire BMD.
  • Baptisms 1700-1900; Marriages 1560-1837 (some gaps) and Burials 1701-1830 are indexed and transcribed on the Lancashire Online Parish Clerks website.

Baptisms-1559-1701- MFPR 2190
Baptisms-1701-1724- MFPR 1027 or MFPR 2190
Baptisms-1724-1797- MFPR 1027 or MFPR 2191
Baptisms-1797-1825-MFPR 1027
Baptisms-1825-1834- MFPR 1028
Baptisms-1834-1839- MFPR 1028 or MFPR 2194
Baptisms-1839-1885- MFPR 2194
Baptisms-1885-1900- MFPR 2195
Baptisms-1900-1913- Archives L211
Baptisms Transcript--1558-1624- 929.3272 L12 or MFE 929.3272 L13
Baptisms Transcript--1625-1700- 929.3272 L13
Baptisms Transcript--1701-1753- 929.342736 Le(499)
Burials-1560-1648- MFPR 2190
Burials-1648-1660- Archives L211
Burials-1660-1661- MFPR 2190
Burials-1661-1701- MFPR 2191
Burials-1701-1786- MFPR 1030 or MFPR 2191
Burials-1786-1830- MFPR 1030
Burials-1830-1837- MFPR 1030 or MFPR 2196
Burials-1837-1842- MFPR 1032 or MFPR 2196
Burials-1842-1856- MFPR 2196
Burials Transcript--1559-1625- 929.3272 L12 or MFE 929.3272 L13
Burials Transcript--1625-1700- 929.3272 L13
Burials Transcript--1701-1753- 929.342736 Le(499)
Marriage Index-1754-1799- F929.3272 Be1
Marriages-1560-1701- MFPR 2190
Marriages-1701-1724- MFPR 1029 or MFPR 2191
Marriages-1724-1753- MFPR 1029 or MFPR 2195
Marriages-1754-1758- MFPR 1029 or MFPR 2191
Marriages-1759-1825- MFPR 1029
Marriages-1825-1837- MFPR 1029 or MFPR 2192
Marriages-1837-1845- MFPR 2192
Marriages-1845-1900- MFPR 2193
Marriages-1900-1901- Archives L211
Marriages Transcript--1560-1625- 929.3272 L12 or MFE 929.3272 L13
Marriages Transcript--1625-1700- 929.3272 L13
Marriages Transcript--1701-1753- 929.342736 Le(499)

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers for St. Mary-the-Virgin Church, Leigh, 1560-1901 Microfilm of original records in the Wigan Record Office, Leigh, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England.
Many times the records for the chapels in Atherton and Astley are separate. For additional records for Atherton see: Church of England. Atherton (Lancashire).
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: L 211/1/1/1-4; L 211/1/2/1.(see above for Manchester Archive) Leigh, Greater Manchester : Filmed by the Wigan Record Office], 1993 14 microfilm reels
Baptisms, 1560-1723; Marriages, 1560-1723; Burials, 1560-1723. FHL BRITISH Film 1885656
Baptisms, 1724-1797; Marriages, 1724-1759; Burials, 1724-1797. FHL BRITISH Film 1885648
Baptisms, 1798-1812; Burials, 1798-1812. FHL BRITISH Film 1885649 Item 1
Baptisms, 1813-1825 (includes transcripts for 1798-1800). FHL BRITISH Film 1885647
Baptisms, 1825-1834. FHL BRITISH Film 1885649 Items 2 - 3
Baptisms, 1834-1885. FHL BRITISH Film 1885645
Baptisms, 1885-1900; Marriages, 1754-1758. FHL BRITISH Film 1885646
Marriages, 1759-1803. FHL BRITISH Film 1885650
Marriages, 1803-1825. FHL BRITISH Film 1885651
Marriages, 1825-1845. FHL BRITISH Film 1885652
Marriages, 1845-1900 (includes some entries for 1901). FHL BRITISH Film 1885653
Burials, 1813-1830. FHL BRITISH Film 1885654
Burials, 1830-1856. FHL BRITISH Film 1885655
Baptisms, burials, 1560-1660; marriages, 1560-1682. Baptisms, 1660-1724; marriages, 1683-1724; burials, 1661. (another filming) Vault BRITISH Film 1408959 Items 3 - 4
Burials, 1661-1723. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1724-1743. Baptisms, burials, 1744-1781; marriages, 1744-1759. Baptisms, 1782-1797; burials, 1782-1787 (another filming). Vault BRITISH Film 1408960

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.

http://www.1881pubs.com/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Leigh, Lancashire Poor Law Union

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. 62-65. Adapted. Date accessed: 01 July 2010.