Caton with Littledale, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Caton with Littledale, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Caton with Littledale, Lancashire
Brookhouse St Paul's Lancashire.jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Lonsdale
County Lancashire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Caton Gilbert Union
Registration District Lancaster
Records begin
Parish registers: 1585
Bishop's Transcripts: 1673
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Amounderness
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Amounderness
Location of Archive
Lancashire Archives

Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

CATON with LITTLEDALE (St Paul) is a chapelry in the county of Lancashire, created by 1585 from Lancaster St Mary, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster,5 miles (N. E. by E.) from Lancaster. The chapelry comprises four districts or quarters, viz.: Brookhouse, Caton Green, Littledale,and Town-End. The parish church of St Paul situated in Brookhouse is generally of 17th century construction but retains some Norman features. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Independents. [1]

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

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks[edit | edit source]

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Church of England

Caton chapelry's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the ancient parish of Lancaster St. Mary 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
FMP = findmypast
AC =
FREG = FreeReg
CATON Chapelry (1585) Indexes 
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1585-1859 1586-1718  1846-1859
LOPC 1586-1900 1586-1900 1585-1900
FMP None 1586-1837 None
AC  1585-1718 1585-1718  1585-1718 
LANCASTER ST MARY'S PARISH (1599) Indexes (ancient parish containing CATON Chapelry)
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1599-1886 1599-1812  None
LOPC 1749-1900 1599-1900 1749-1881
FMP  None 1539-1837 None
LBMD None 1837-1998 None 
AC 1559-1748 1559-1748 1559-1748

For a full list of all those chapels surrounding Caton and comprising the whole ancient parish of Lancaster St. Mary to which it was attached, be certain to see "Church Records" on the LANCASTER ST MARY PARISH page.

Caton- St Paul
Baptisms Transcript- 1585-1719- 929.3272 C25
Burials Transcript- 1585-1718- 929.3272 C25
Marriages Transcript- 1586-1718- 929.3272 C25

For original registers of above please enquire at Lancashire Record Office.

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. 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]

Caton Gilbert Union,Lancashire

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.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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]

Caton on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 531-534. Date accessed: 10 September 2013.