Manchester St Ann, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

St. Ann's church, on the south side of St. Ann's square, founded in 1709, under the auspices of Lady Ann Bland, is a spacious structure in the Grecian style, and of a mixed order, with a tower formerly surmounted by a spire, which has been taken down; the interior is appropriately decorated. The living is a rectory not in charge; patron, the Bishop of Chester. Manchester St Ann was created as a chapel of ease from, and lying within the boundaries of Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 221-247. URL: Date accessed: 19 July 2010.

St Ann's was built in Acres Field. Construction began in 1709 and the church was consecrated in 1712. It was a Low Church as opposed to the High Church Collegiate Church. Its congregation tended towards the Whigs. A district was not assigned to St Ann's until September 1838. St Ann's church steeple was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1777 and was removed shortly after.

It is noteworthy that the Dean and Fellows of the Collegiate church required payment for any marriage
conducted at St Ann's, Early baptisms and burials i.e. up to 1736 were recorded in the Collegiate Church registers. The same applied to marriages before May 1838.(see web site link below for Henry Mantell's background history of the Collegiate Church)


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

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

Parish registers for St. Ann's Church, Manchester, 1736-1856 Microfilm of original manuscripts formerly held at the Manchester Central Library, Manchester, England.
Manchester Archives Central Library call no.: M 403/1/1/1.

Baptisms, 1736-1808. Marriages, 1737-1754. Burials, 1737-1777, 1799-1804.
Burials, 1806-1807. Baptisms, 1808-1848. Burials, 1777-1854.
Baptisms, 1806-1848; burials 1777-1856 (another filming).
Baptisms, 1736-1777; marriages, 1737-1754; burials, 1737-1777. Baptisms and burials, 1777-1812. (another filming)
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Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Manchester 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.

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Web sites

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Henry Mantell's article for background to the Dean and Fellows of Manchester Collegiate Church and the reason for St Ann's marriages being recorded there.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

England, Manchester Central Library (Lancaster, Cheshire, Yorkshire) Church of England Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)