Beswick Christ Church, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

BESWICK, [St Mary] an extra-parochial district, in the hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 1½ mile east from Manchester. Beswick is an extra-parochial place prior to the foundation of Beswick St Mary ( The Bishop Lee Memorial Church).[1]

Search surrounding parishes for records and information (see the "Manchester" page and click on "A Comprehensive List of All Pre-1851 Manchester Parishes and Chapelries" or see the 1851 Jurisdiction Maps to find the names of all those chapels lying within Manchester's civil parish boundaries).

Beswick St Mary was established as a district chapelry in 1878 and the living was in part linked to the Bishop of Manchester.

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

  • Manchester 1837-1874
  • Prestwich 1874-1925
  • Mancester North 1925-1934
  • Heywood 1934-1974
  • Greater Manchester post 1974

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Beswick St Mary's was an extra-parochial place a mile northeast of Manchester's town centre, but had two chapel districts residing within it--including Beswick Christ Church, which was built in 1862. Online transcriptions exist for the baptisms, marriages and burials (where extant) registers of both chapelries as well as for the ancient parish of Manchester (Cathedral) Our Lady, St George and St Denys. Displayed below are these two chapelries and for the Cathedral located at the web sites indicated; note the ranges of years:

LOPCLancashire Online Parish Clerk
FMP =  FMP = findmypast
LBMDLancashire BMD
AC =
BESWICK CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry (1862) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1879-1966 None
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1878-1910 1879-1930 None Extant
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1879-1966 None


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

To view a full list of all of the chapelries and district churches in the City of Manchester, and their respective links to online transcriptions of baptisms, marriages and burials, be sure to see the ancient parish of MANCHESTER OUR LADY, ST GEORGE ST DENYS page.

Original Records

The original Parish (chapelry) registers for St. Mary's Church, Beswick, 1878-1966 have been microfilmed, taken of original records formerly held in the Manchester Central Library, Manchester.
The church is also known as "Bishop Lee Memorial Church".
Manchester Central Library call nos.: M 280/1/1/1-2. M 280/1/2/1-7.

Inventory of church records. Baptisms, 1878-1944. Marriages, 1879-Jan. 1890.
Marriages, Jan. 1890-July 1935.
Marriages, July 1935-1966.
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]

Manchester Poor Law Union

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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source] British History Online Beswick

In addition to being subject of an art work by L.S.Lowry St Mary's was featured as a location in John Schlesinger's 1962 Film "A kind of Loving" in

References[edit | edit source]

  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 223-228. URL: Date accessed: 25 June 2010.