Reddish St Elizabeth, Lancashire Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

Reddish St Elizabeth, Leamington Road, was created as an Ecclesiastical Parish in 1874 from Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys, Lancashire Ancient parish.

Local mill-owner Sir William Houldsworth commissioned Alfred Waterhouse in the 1870s. Construction took place between 1881 and 1883, paid for entirely by Houldsworth, with consecration in 1883. The church was named after Houldsworth's wife. Described by Pevsner as "a superb job, big-boned, with nothing mean outside or in", the church is of Openshaw brick with Wrexham stone dressings. An almost separate belltower contains eight bells cast by Taylor.

Pillars supporting the nave's roof were transported from the nearby canal to the site on the backs of elephants from Belle Vue Zoo. There is a marble screen with four figures on top, possibly the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The strikingly modern Stations of the Cross, by Graeme Willson were commissioned in 1983, and include local views such as Stockport Viaduct, and Pendlebury Hall on Lancashire Hill, Stockport.

St. Elisabeth's was used as a set for the wedding of Ashley Peacock and Maxine Heavey in the TV soap opera Coronation Street.

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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 Free BMD.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Reddish St Elizabeth, Lancashire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

AC = Ancestry - (£)][1]
Reddish St Elizabeth, Lancashire Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
AC 1884-1930 1884-1930 1837-1930 1837-1930

Reddish- St Elizabeth
Banns-1884-1949- MFPR 2184
Baptisms-1874-1956- MFPR 1710
Marriages-1884-1922- MFPR 1711
Marriages-1922-1941- MFPR 1712
Marriages-1941-1959- MFPR 1712 or MFPR 2184

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Parish registers for St. Elizabeth's Church, Reddish, 1874-1959 Microfilm of original records formerly held at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
Reddish is a township and a chapelry in Manchester. The chapelry is also known as Heaton-Reddish.
Manchester Archives Central Library call no.: L212.

Baptisms, 1874-1931. Marriages, 1884-November 1941.
Marriages, November 1941-1959. Banns of marriages, 1884-1949.
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Census Records[edit | edit source]

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Stockport Poor Law Union, Cheshire

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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