Wardleworth St James, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

WARDLEWORTH [St James], a township, in the parish and union of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire; containing 11,400 inhabitants. This township is in the division of Huddersfield, of which it forms the south-western extremity; and is partly in the borough of Rochdale, including the north-eastern part of the town. Foxholes, in the township, has long been the seat of the Entwistles, a distinguished Lancashire family, of whom was Sir Bertyne Entwistle, one of the heroes of Agincourt. The original mansion was built by Edmund Entwistle soon after the Reformation, and for upwards of two centuries presented an interesting specimen of the Elizabethan style of architecture. In 1793 it was displaced by the present house, erected by John Entwistle, Esq., who served the office of high sheriff of the county in 1798.—See Rochdale.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 461-464. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51376 Date accessed: 03 August 2010.

WARDLE, a chapelry, with a village, in Rochdale parish, Lancashire; 2¾ miles NNE of Rochdale r. station. It was constituted in 1858; and it has a post-office under Rochdale. Pop., 2,176. Houses, 439. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £200.* Patron, the Vicar of Smallbridge. The church is modern and cruciform, and has a tower and spire. There are two dissenting chapels and a national school.

Adapted from: John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870)


Civil Registration

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Church records

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Parish registers, 1821-1873 Microfilm of original records in possession of the Manchester Public Libraries.Microfilm purchased from the Rochdale Central Library, Rochdale, Lancashire. St. James Wardleworth is an ecclesiastical district within Rochdale parish.

Baptisms 1821-1873
1483552 Item 1
Marriages 1822-1862
1483552 Item 2

Census records

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Poor Law Unions

Rochdale Poor Law Union

Probate records

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