Prescot, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Prescot, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records. See "A Comprehensive List of Prescot Parish Chapelries"

Prescot, Lancashire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred West Derby
County Lancashire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Prescot
Registration District Prescot; Warrington
Records begin
Parish registers: 1573
Bishop's Transcripts: 1602
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Prescot
Diocese Chester
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lancashire Archives

Parish History[edit | edit source]

PRESCOT (St Mary), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 8 miles east by northeast of Liverpool. The parish consists of the chapelries of Farnworth, Rainford, St. Helen's, and Great Sankey, and the townships of Bold, Cronton (which had at one time, 31 Nonconformist chapels in the area--mostly Welsh), Cuerdley, Ditton (Hough Green), Eccleston, Parr, Penketh, Prescot, Rainhill, Sutton, Whiston, Widness, and Windle. There are chapels at Eccleston, Farnworth, Parr, Rainford, Rainhill, St. Helen's, Great Sankey, and Sutton. The Unitarians, Primitive Methodists, and Wesleyan Methodists, have places of worship in the town; and at Portico, a mile and a half on the east, is a Roman Catholic chapel, built in 1790, and dedicated to St Nicholas.[1]

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.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Prescot 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 websites and ranges of years:

AC = (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS =
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1580-1632, 1770-1776, 1813-1828, 1861-1900 1576-1900 1770-1775, 1812-1900
LOPC 1665-1900 1667-1837, 1845-1900 1665-1900
LBMD 1837-1961 1911-1969 None
AC 1531-1666 1531-1666 1531-1666
ECCLESTON ST THOMAS Chapelry  (1839) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1864-1887 1841-1885 1839-1849, 1858-1903
LOPC 1839-1872 1841-1876 1839-1865, 1878-1884, 1896-1903
LBMD None 1841-1955 None

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1838-1900 1840-1868 None
LOPC 1838-1900 1840-1900 None
LBMD None None None
FARNWORTH ST WILFRID Chapelry  (1538) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1538-1915 1538-1909 1727-1873, 1895-1953
LOPC 1728-1920 1600-1611, 1728-1875 1728-1812
LBMD 1837-1879 None 1837-1956
AC 1538-1612 1538-1612 1538-1612
HOUGH GREEN (DITTON) ST MICHAEL Chapelry  (1870) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1870-1927 1875-1935 None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None None None
PARR ST PETER Chapelry  (1835) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1869-1888 None 1860-1861
LOPC 1845-1908 1846-1894 1866-1881
LBMD None 1846-1974 None
FREG 1835-1905 None None
RAINFORD ALL SAINTS Chapelry  (1702) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1765-1881 1800-1837, 1876-1877 1765-1867
LOPC 1676-1686, 1697-1700, 1718-1881 1719-1868 1718-1870
LBMD 1837-1974 None None
AC 1702-1812 1704-1812 1702-1812
FREG 1765-1833 None 1765-1812
RAINHILL Chapelry  (1688) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1690-1720 (partial) None None
LOPC 1688-1691 None None
LBMD None None None
GREAT SANKEY ST MARY Chapelry  (1649) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1649-1880 1658-1683, 1730-1750, 1842-1913 None
LOPC 1728-1937 1730-1752, 1842-1938 1735-1909
LBMD None None None
ST HELENS Chapelry  (1680) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1713-1850 1724-1855 1765-1767, 1775-1800, 1821-1851
LOPC 1676-1687, 1697-1700, 1813-1850 1813-1850 1697-1700, 1813-1850
LBMD 1837-1935 None 1837-1850
AC 1713-1812 1713-1837 1713-1812
SUTTON ST NICHOLAS Chapelry  (1849) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1849-1873 1850-1893 1850-1871, 1887-1888
LOPC 1849-1892 1850-1897 1850-1888
LBMD None 1850-1968 None
FMP None None None
FREG 1849-1892 1850-1897 None
WHISTON Chapelry  (1865) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1868-1870; 1892-1894 None 1868-1870; 1892-1894
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1911-1960 None
WIDNES ST MARY Chapelry  (1856) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
LBMD None 1837-1900 None
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 Prescot St. Mary parish for the years 1576-1900. 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. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Court records[edit | edit source]

A manor court baron was held here six times a year; and a court leet on the festival of Corpus Christi, when a coroner for the manor and liberty is appointed.

There is a court of requests, for the recovery of debts to any amount, at which the steward of the manor presides; and petty-sessions for the Prescot division of the hundred take place once a month.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Furmsten, Chris.  Newspaper Indexes.  A four month extraction of names from the Prescot Reporter a weekly newspaper, listing name, date, event, occupation, age, and place.  Covers years Nov. 1859-April 1860. In the journal Hel Achau, #20, 1986, pages 9-13. Family History Library Ref. 942.93 D25h

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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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., [A Topographical Dictionary of England] (1848), pp. 605-609. Adapted. Date accessed: 1 October 2013.