Ramsbottom, Lancashire Genealogy

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Ramsbottom St Paul contributor R Lee

Chapelry History

RAMSBOTTOM, an ecclesiastical parish, in the parish and union of Bury, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 4½ miles north of Bury. This parish was established by the year 1847, under the provisions of the act 6th and 7th Victoria, cap. 37; and is a mile and a quarter in length and about three-quarters of a mile in breadth, being in the township of Lower Tottington,

The parish is separated from the northern part of Walmersley township by the river Irwell. The church was built in 1847.

There are places of worship for Presbyterians, Wesleyan Methodists, Primitive Methodists, and Swedenborgians.[1]

St Andrew’s Church, the oldest church in Ramsbottom, was built by the Grant family in 1834 as a Scottish Presbyterian Church. In the 1860's a member of the Grant family deprived the congregation of its church and in 1869 offered it to the Bishop of Manchester as an Anglican Church. It became a mission church to St Paul’s until 1875 when it was consecrated as the Parish Church of St Andrew. In 1993 the church was renovated and rededication took place in in 1994.

St Paul,Crow Lane was founded in 1844

The church of St. Paul is a stone building in the Early English style, erected by 1850 at a cost of £3,400, and consists of chancel, nave, vestry, north aisle, south porch, organ chamber and a tower with spire containing 8 bells, hung in 1879 : the organ was the gift of the late W. Grant esq. : memorial windows have been inserted to the late Viscount Palmerston K.G. d. 18 Oct. 1865, W. Grant esq. of Nuttall, J. Heys esq. and others; and there is also a marble monument to the late J. Kellar esq. of Irwell Mount (1862) : in 1866 an addition to the church. now called the Palmerston aisle, was made at a cost of £985 : there are 600 sittings. The register dates from the year 1847. 

Other places in the parish include: Tottington Lower End.


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.

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

Ramsbottom chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Bury to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

RAMSBOTTOM ST PAUL Chapelry  (1850) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1850-1854 None 1851-1854
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1899-1901 1850-1900 None
BURY ST MARY PARISH (1590) Indexes (ancient parish containing RAMSBOTTOM Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1590-1909 1591-1935 1785-1976
LOPC 1699-1844 1591-1849, 1860-1861 1699-1728, 1739-1748, 1759-1837
LBMD None 1837-1900 None
FMP None 1598-1760 None
AC 1590-1698 1590-1698 1590-1698
FREG 1590-1698, 1817-1846 1591-1646 1591-1699

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Ramsbottom and comprising the whole ancient parish of Bury to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the BURY ST MARY PARISH page.

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

Bury Poor Law Union, Lancashire

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. 633-638. Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010.