Ardwick St Benedict, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

Ardwick St Benedict was a district chapel built by the year 1880, and standing within the parish boundary of Manchester (Cathedral) Our Lady, St George & St Denys.

ARDWICK, a township with two ecclesiastical district chapels, including St Thomas and St Silas--both lying within the parish and borough of Manchester, union of Chorlton, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 1 mile (S. E. by E.) from Manchester. St Thomas Chapelry was built by the year 1740.

By the year 1880, Ardwick township had at least four chapelries built within it, and all resided within the parish boundary of, and under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Manchester Cathedral (Our Lady, St George & St Denys). See the names of these four chapelries in the "Church Records" article, below.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Records

LOPCLancashire Online Parish Clerk
FMP =  FMP = findmypast
LBMDLancashire BMD
AC =
ARDWICK ST BENEDICT Chapelry (1880) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1880-1910 1880-1930 None Extant
LBMD 1880-1917 1880-2000 1837-1882

The following chapelries also comprised the township of Ardwick and have online data content:

 ARDWICK ST MATTHEW Chapelry (1865) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1865-1910 1869-1928  None Extant
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1869-1971 1856-1971 1837-1882
ARDWICK ST SILAS Chapelry (1842) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1842-1910 1742-1844  None Extant
LOPC None None None
FREG None  1856-1907 None
LBMD 1837-1936 1856-1954 1837-1882
 ARDWICK ST THOMAS Chapelry (1740) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1740-1910 1740-1930  1740-1842
LOPC 1740-1876 1742-1863 1741-1856
LBMD 1837-1936  1873-1976 1837-1882


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

Ardwick St Benedict was one of over 150 chapels comprising the whole of Manchester Parish's vast boundary (by 1880). The 'mother' or ancient parish of Manchester City is Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys Cathedral, which see (below). 

If you do not locate your ancestor in the chapelry links and in the Manchester Cathedral links (above), be certain that before you research in any other Lancashire parish, you must include a thorough search in all of Manchester City's attached chapelries (over 150 of them)! Unfortunately, Manchester Cathedral (the parish) is England's largest parish. Thus for purposes of thoroughness in your research, you must search each one of Manchester's chapelries' baptisms, marriage and burial registers (where extant). To see and then search what's online for each one of Manchester City's chapelries and district churches--view a complete list of all its chapels, HERE (scroll down under "Church Records").

Non Conformist Records[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

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