Ribchester, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Ribchester, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records. View a "List of Chapelries in the Parish of Ribchester"

Ribchester, Lancashire
St Wilfrid Ribchester Lancashire.JPG
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Amounderness; Blackburn
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Preston
Registration District Preston
Records begin
Parish registers: 1598
Bishop's Transcripts: 1676
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Amounderness
Diocese Manchester
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Amounderness
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

RIBCHESTER St Wilfrid, a parish, in the union of Preston, partly in the hundred of Amounderness, and partly in the Lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire containing the chapelry of Longridge, and the townships of Alston, Dilworth, Dutton, and Hothersall, 6 miles north by northwest of Blackburn. At Longridge is a separate incumbency (chapel of ease) that was established by the year 1760. There are a place of worship for Independents, and two chapels for Roman Catholics, the latter at Dutton, was built about a century ago.[1]

St Wilfrid's dates from the 13th century, built on a site close to that of a Roman fort, Bremetennacum. A chapel and porch were added in the 14th century. A tower was added to the west in the late 15th century. In the 16th century, the roofs were removed in order to increase the height of the chancel walls and new windows were added to the aisle wall. Major repairs to the building took place in 1685–6 and 1711. A west gallery was added in 1736. The church underwent restoration in 1881 that included the rebuilding of the north wall of the chancel.

In November 1966, it was designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage. The Grade I listing is for buildings "of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important". St Wilfrid's is an active Anglican parish church in the Diocese of Blackburn, the Archdeaconry of Lancaster and the Deanery of Preston.

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]

Ribchester St. Wilfrid parish registers and those registers of all of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following websites and ranges of years:

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1598-1900 1599-1885 None
LOPC 1773-1921 1735-1916 1773-1931
LBMD None 1837-2006 None
FMP None 1599-1837 None
AC 1598-1694 1598-1694 1598-1694
FREG 1598-1695 1599-1694 1598-1694
LONGRIDGE ST LAWRENCE Chapelry  (1760) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1762-1900 1838-1900 1795-1883
LOPC 1760-1900 1838-1900 1795-1900
LBMD 1937-1974 1838-1939 1937-1974
Original Records[edit | edit source]

The Lancashire Record Office at Bow Lane, Preston PR2 1RE, holds the original parish registers in its vast collections. Contact their website for contact information.

The Family History Library has microfilmed the parish registers and Bishop's transcripts of Ribchester St. Wilfrid parish for the years 1598-1900. These films are available for ordering/circulating and researching at any one of its satellite FamilySearch Centers worldwide.

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
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Preston 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.

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. 659-665.