Manchester St Matthew, Campfield, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

St. Matthew's district...[chapel], in Castle-field, was erected in 1825, by grant from the Parliamentary Commissioners, at an expense of £11,917, and is an elegant structure in the later English style, with a tower and spire: the living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £271; patrons, the Dean and Chapter.[1]

Manchester St Matthew, Campfield was created a chapelry by 1826 from, and lying within the boundaries of Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire Ancient Parish. (see web site link below for Henry Mantell's background history of the Collegiate Church Manchester)


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 

There are online transcriptions for many of the Manchester City ecclesiastical parishes--including the ancient parish (Cathedral) of Our Lady, St George and St Denys, and for the baptism, marriage and burial registers of many of its numerous chapelries lying within its boundaries. Displayed below is the chapelry including the Cathedral with available online data located at the web sites indicated; note the ranges of years: 

AC = (£)
FMP = (£)
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

 MANCHESTER ST MATTHEW Chapelry (1826) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1826-1913 1838-1941 1826-1899 
LOPC 1874-1882  None None
LBMD 1837-1881  1838-1941 1837-1881



Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1573-1872 1573-1889  None
LOPC 1573-1616;1777-1837 1573-1616;1782-1836 - part. yrs 1573-1616;1792-1836 - part. yrs
LBMD 1837-1881 1837-1946 1837-1881 
AC  1573-1616 1573-1616 1573-1616

To view a full list of all of Manchester City's chapelries and district churches, see the ancient parish the (Cathedral) of MANCHESTER OUR LADY, ST GEORGE & ST DENYS page.

Original Records

The original chapelry registers of St Matthew Manchester are located at the Manchester Central Library and Archives. FamilySearch has microfilmed and imaged these registers and they are mostly available now, online at

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

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites

Henry Mantell's article explains the background of the Manchester Collegiate church Dean and Fellows control over Manchester parishes.


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