Hesketh with Becconsall, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Hesketh with Becconsall, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Hesketh with Becconsall, Lancashire
All Saints Church, Hesketh Bank.JPG
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Leyland
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Ormskirk
Registration District Ormskirk
Records begin
Parish registers: 1745
Bishop's Transcripts: 1803
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Leyland
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

HESKETH, with Becconsall, a parish, in the union of Ormskirk, hundred of Leyland, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 11 miles north by east of Ormskirk. The church, erected in 1745, and generally called Becconsall chapel, stands one mile below Hesketh Bank; it became the parish church in 1821, when an act was passed separating Hesketh and Becconsall from Croston, and forming them into a distinct parish. The Primitive Methodists have a place of worship.[1]

Hesketh Bank is a small agricultural village in Lancashire. It lies to the north-east of the town of Southport on the Irish Sea estuary of the River Ribble. The area falls under West Lancashire Borough Council for administrative purposes, and Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council for parochial matters. Becconsall Old Church was hit by bomb shrapnel during World War II, All Saints Church on Station Road replaced the old church.

Becconsall Chapel Lancashire.jpg

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 http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records [edit | edit source]
AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FS = FamilySearch.org
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1745-1837 1822-1900 None
LOPC 1745-1856 1822-1900 1745-1900

Other important considerations:

Prior to the year 1821 Hesketh with Becconsall served as a chapelry only (a small subdivision of the parish of Croston). It became a full-fledged parish by act of Parliament in 1821. Searches for ancestry prior to this year, must include searches in the Hesketh with Becconsall Chapelry registers which began in 1745, and Croston parish registers and those of its attached chapelries. The baptisms, marriages and burials for Croston Parish and its smaller chapelries are online for the following range of years: 

Baptisms Marriages Burials


1543-1900 None
LOPC 1543-1948 1538-1900 1538-1900
AC 1545-1685 1545-1685 1545-1685
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1819-1883 1829-1883 None
LOPC 1841-1850 1843-1922 1841-1850
MAWDESLEY Chapelry (1840) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1841-1878 1843-1846;1873-1878 None
LOPC 1840-1900 1843-1900 1841-1925
TARLETON HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1719) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1745-1837 None None
LOPC 1719-1900 1720-1909 1720-1883 

Original records

While FamilySearch has microfilmed the original Hesketh with Becconsall parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from 1821, these have not been completely transcribed and published online with the exception of the baptisms (see above). However, the Parish of Croston which formerly was, prior to 1821 the mother or ancient parish, has been transcribed, indexed and published online on the web site per the above chart. 

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Non Conformist Records[edit | edit source]
Catholic[edit | edit source]
  • 1628 - 1628 List of Recusants in Hesketh and Beckonsall (p. 174)[2]

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
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Ormskirk Poor Law Union, Lancashire

Probate records
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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]

  • 1628 - 1628 Subsidy of Hesketh and Beconsall (p. 165)[2]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 491-497. Date accessed: 14 October 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.P. Earwaker, Three Lancashire Subsidy Rolls, viz., for the Hundred of Salford, 1541, the Hundred of Salford, 1622 and the Hundred of Leyland, 1628, Together with a Recusant Roll for the Hundred of Leyland, in 1628 (London: Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1885). FamilySearch Digital Library.