Liverpool St Peter, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

In 1699  the parish was created from Walton[-on-the-Hill] in perpetuity 20 shillings and threepence to be paid to the rector of Walton; £400 was ordered to be raised to build a church dedicated to St Peter. In fact it cost three thousand five hundred pounds and is said to be the first parish church that was erected in Lancashire after the Reformation.

The church was consecrated in 1704. St Peter Church Street was designated the Cathedral Church of Liverpool.

In 1830 a new peal of ten bells was installed,in 1831 the church clock was first lighted by gas.

Removal of bodies from a part of St Peter's churchyard, opened in 1704, commeced Jan 27 1868. About 2000 bodies were removed. Some of the coffins bore the date of 1707.  The bodies were all removed" with the utmost decency and propriety" and were re-interred in Anfield cemetery.

The mourning at the death of Queen Victoria was lead to St Peter as the Cathedral Church in 1900. A choral memorial service including the Mayor and aldermen of the city and the Bishop of Liverpool gave the benediction.

The church was demolished in 1922, and completed 2 October 1922.

"Liverpool was a chapelry in the parish of Waltonuntil 1698, when it was constituted a distinct parish, and a rectory divided into medieties respectively belonging to the incumbents of St Peter's church and the parochial chapel of St Nicholas. In 1838, an act was passed for uniting the two portions, upon the decease of one of the rectors..."[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

Church records

Online Records 

Online transcriptions exist for Liverpool St Peter's Chapel registers as well as for Liverpool's ancient parish of St Nicholas' baptism, marriage and burial registers. Displayed below are those links to online data for both this chapelry and for the ancient parish of St Nicholas located in the following websites; note the ranges of years: 

AC = (£)
FMP = (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
JOIN = Joiner's Marriage Index (£)
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
LIVERPOOL ST PETER Chapelry (1704) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1704-1892  1709-1841 None
LOPC 1704-1863 1704-1754;1823-1841 1704-1853
LBMD None 1851-1935 None
AC 1754-1812 1754-1812 1754-1812
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1604-1894 1604-1911  1779-1787;1809-1825
LOPC 1776-1865 1788-1838 1776-1854
LBMD None 1837-1939 None
AC  1659-1812 1659-1812 1659-1812

To view a full list for all of Liverpool Parish’s (nearly 60) chapelries, ecclesiastical churches, and district chapels, and to view online baptism, marriage and burial transcription indexes, visit the LIVERPOOL ST PETER & ST NICHOLAS PARISH page.

Original Records

Liverpool St Peter's Chapelry (parish) registers are held at the Liverpool Record Office. These registers have also been microfilmed by FamilySearch and they are available through its 4600 FamilySearch Centers worldwide.

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

Liverpool, 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

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Web sites


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 104-118. Adapted. Date accessed: 02 July 2010.