Ardwick, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History[edit | edit source]

Ardwick St Thomas is a chapel created in 1740.

ARDWICK, a township with two ecclesiastical district chapels, including St Thomas and St Silas--both lying within the parish and borough of Manchester, union of Chorlton, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 1 mile (S. E. by E.) from Manchester. St Thomas Chapelry was built by the year 1740.

The chapel of St. Silas' was built in 1841. The Wesleyans and Independents have places of worship; and there is a public cemetery of eight acres, opened in 1838.[1]

By the year 1880, Ardwick township had at least four chapelries built within it, and all resided within the parish boundary of, and under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Manchester Cathedral (Our Lady, St George & St Denys).

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 England 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
for both the post-civil registration time period (after 1837) and especially for finding ancestry in the pre-1837 time period.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

LOPCLancashire Online Parish Clerk
FMP =  FMP = findmypast
LBMDLancashire BMD
AC =
ARDWICK ST BENEDICT Chapelry (1880) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1880-1910 1880-1930 None Extant
LBMD 1880-1917 1880-2000 1837-1882
 ARDWICK ST MATTHEW Chapelry (1865) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1865-1910 1869-1928  None Extant
LOPC None None None
LBMD 1869-1971 1856-1971 1837-1882
ARDWICK ST SILAS Chapelry (1842) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1842-1910 1742-1844  None Extant
LOPC None None None
FREG None  1856-1907 None
LBMD 1837-1936 1856-1954 1837-1882
 ARDWICK ST THOMAS Chapelry (1740) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1740-1910 1740-1930  1740-1842
LOPC 1740-1876 1742-1863 1741-1856
LBMD 1837-1936  1873-1976 1837-1882


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

Ardwick is one of about 150 chapels comprising the whole of Manchester Parish's boundary (by 1880). The 'mother' or ancient parish of Manchester City is Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys Cathedral, which see (below). 

If you do not locate your ancestor in the above chapelry links above and in Manchester Cathedral links (below), and before researching in any other Lancashire parish, you must include a thorough search into all of Manchester City's attached chapelries (over 150 of them)! Unfortunately, Manchester Cathedral (the parish) is England's largest parish thus each chapelry baptisms, marriage  and burial registers (where extant) must be searched. To see and then search what's online for each one of Manchester City's chapelries and district churches--view a complete list of all its chapels HERE (scroll down to "Church Records").

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]

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.

Maps and Gazetteers
[edit | edit source]

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. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 44-49. Adapted. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.