Todmorden, Lancashire Genealogy

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Part of this parish is in Yorkshire. See also Todmorden, Yorkshire.

Chapelry History

TODMORDEN St Mary, a parochial chapelry, and the head of a union; containing a greater portion of Todmorden Township and the townships of Langfield and Stansfield, partly in the parish of Halifax, W. riding of York; and comprising all of the hamlet of Walsden, in the parish of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster; 20 miles northeast from Manchester. The chapel, was erected by 1625, and had a spacious cemetery.

Another chapel dedicated as Todmorden Christ Church, which is now the parochial chapel, was erected in 1832.[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.

Church records

Online Records

Church of England

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

FS =
LOPC Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
AC =
FREG = FreeReg

TODMORDEN ST MARY Chapelry (1624) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1624-1824 1669-1831 1744-1825
LOPC 1628-1633; 1670-1740 1669-1812 1628-1633;1670-1741
AC 1670-1812 1670-1812 1670-1812
GLUK 1781-1857 (part.) 1822-1838;1844-1874 (part.) 1666-1904 (part.)
TODWLS 1680-1901 (part.) 1680-1901 (part.) 1680-1901 (part.)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
GLUK None 1822-1838;1844-1874 None

ROCHDALE ST CHAD PARISH (1582) Indexes (ancient parish containing TODMORDEN Chapelry)


Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1582-1894 1582-1898  None
LOPC 1642-1835 1582-1898 1582-1837;1862-1896
LBMD None 1837-1940 None
AC  1582-1616 1701-1801 1582-1616

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Todmorden and comprising the whole ancient parish of Rochdale St Chad to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the ROCHDALE ST CHAD PARISH page.

Bishop's transcripts for St. Mary's Church, Todmorden, 1625-1832 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston. Bishop's transcripts of the chapelry of Todmorden (St. Mary), in the parish of Rochdale, Lancashire. Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/306-307b

Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1625-1632; 1671-1690; and 1700-1813.
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Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1814-1832.
1545949 Items 1 - 2

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for transcripts of the registers of the parish

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

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 British History Online Todmorden & Walsden


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 369-372. Adapted. Date accessed: 31 July 2010.