South Shore Holy Trinity, Lancashire Genealogy

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Holy Trinity Dean Street Blackpool

Chapelry History

South Shore Holy Trinity is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1837 from  Bispham, Lancashire Ancient Parish,  Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire Ancient Parish and  Marton, Lancashire Ecclesiastical Parish.

A church was first built on the site of Holy Trinity in 1836. It was located amongst sandhills, in what is now Dean Street, South Shore. Designed by John Braithwaite, the church held 250 people. The church became a parish church in 1871. In the 1880s, damage to the building meant that a new church had to be built; it was completed in 1895. The new design was by Bolton architect Richard Knill Freeman. Holy Trinity was designated a Grade II listed building by English Heritage on 20 October 1983. The Grade II listing is for buildings that are "nationally important and of special interest".

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.

The modern parish church in the Diocese of Blackburn, the archdeaconry of Lancaster and the deanery of Blackpool.

SOUTH-SHORE, a village, or hamlet, in the three townships of Layton with Warbrick, Bispham, and Great Marton, parishes of Bispham and Poulton, union of the Fylde, hundred of Amounderness, N. division of Lancashire, 1¼ mile (S.) from Blackpool; containing 531 inhabitants. The first house was erected in this now pretty hamlet in 1819, since which time many other houses have sprung up. The hamlet lies on the sea-shore, on a site a little elevated above it; and consists chiefly of a row of handsome cottages facing the sea, with baths and other accommodation for bathing. An ecclesiastical district was formed in 1836, of which the [chapel] living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of Thomas Joseph Clifton, Esq., lord of the manor; income, £90, whereof £36 are derived from tithes, and the remainder from pew-rents. The church is in the early English style of architecture, with a tower, and cost £1700, raised by subscription. There are three schools in connexion with it.

From: 'Southernby-Bound - Southwell-Park', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 149-152. URL: Date accessed: 21 July 2010.


Civil Registration

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Probate records

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