Manchester St John, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Manchester St John, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Manchester St John, Lancashire
Manchester St John Byrom Street contributor David Dixon.jpg
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Salford
County Lancashire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Manchester
Registration District Ashton under Lyne; Chorlton; Manchester; Salford
Records begin
Parish registers: None
Bishop's Transcripts: 1769
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Manchester
Diocese Manchester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Archives

Chapel History[edit | edit source]

St John's Byrom Street Manchester was created a chapel of ease by 1769 from, and lying within the boundaries of Manchester, Lancashire Genealogy Ancient Parish; located on Deansgate. The church was built by Edward Byrom following an Act of Parliament in 1768. St John's parish was united with Manchester St Matthew, Campfield, Lancashire Genealogy in 1928 when St Mathews became the parish church, but the St John's parsonage served as the home for the clergy. St John's church was demolished in 1931. This new parish was united with Manchester St Ann, Lancashire Genealogy in 1943. The marriages registers, commencing in 1813, continue through the remaining portion of the Lord Hardwick Act era--one of the few churches in the Greater Manchester area, allowed to marry couples within its walls during this period.[1] for images of the church Manchester Libraries Image Collection

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 

St John's Deangate chapel in Manchester City has much online data transcriptions for many years as well does the Manchester Cathedral--the ancient parish of Our Lady, St George and St Denys. These baptism, marriage and burial registers are displayed below, located at the web sites indicated; note the ranges of years:

AC = (£)
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
Baptisms Marriages Burials
AC 1769-1812 1769-1812 1769-1812
FS 1686-1718; 1769-1855;1874-1879 1804-1928 1769-1900 - part.
LBMD 1837-1881 1838-1928 1837-1881



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 Manchester City's chapelries and district churches, see the of the ancient parish (the Cathedral) of MANCHESTER OUR LADY, ST GEORGE & ST DENYS page.

Original Records

The original parish registers are located at the Manchester Central Archives and they have been microfilmed and/or imaged by

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. 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
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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.

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]

Gerald Lodge's excellent Website contains an image of the church.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 221-247. Adapted. Date accessed: 19 July 2010.