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Here is a [[Comprehensive List of Blackburn Chapelries and Parish|Comprehensive List of Chapels in Blackburn St Mary Parish]]. View this updated list of chapelries (which held baptismal and burial registers and which subdivided this ancient parish) before researching in this large parish.
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| Type = [[Ancient Parish]]
| County = Lancashire
| Hundred = Blackburn
| Poor Law Union = Blackburn
| Registration District = Blackburn; Preston
| PRbegin = 1569
| BTbegin = 1606
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| Diocese = Manchester
| Archdeaconry =
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| Rural Deanery = Blackburn
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| Chapelry =
| Probate Court = Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
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| Prerogative Court =
| Archive = [[Lancashire Record Office]]
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=== Parish History ===
BLACKBURN (St Mary), a '''parish''', fourteen miles in length and ten in breadth, was formerly part of [[Whalley, Lancashire|Whalley Parish]]. Blackburn is the head of a union, in the Lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the County of Lancaster; comprising the market-town and newly-enfranchised borough of Blackburn, which includes the chapelries of Balderston, Billington-Langho, Brownhill, Over Darwen, Salesbury, Samlesbury, and Tockholes, and the townships of Clayton-leDale, Cuerdale, Lower Darwen, Dinkley, Eccleshill, Great and Little Harwood, Livesey, Mellor, Osbaldeston, Pleasington, Ramsgrave, Rishton, Walton-le-Dale, Wilpshire, and Witton, 31 miles southeast by south&nbsp;from Lancaster.<ref>Samuel A. Lewis, ''[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50805#s4 A Topographical Dictionary of England]'' (1848), pp. 270-275.Greatly adapted. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.</ref>
Blackburn St Mary 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 web sites and ranges of years:
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" colspan="6" | '''BLACKBURN'''&nbsp;'''ST MARY THE VIRGIN PARISH'''''<b>&nbsp;</b>'''''(1600) Indexes'''
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
== Websites ==
{{expand section|any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.}}&nbsp;
== References ==
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