Withington St Paul, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Withington St Paul, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: chapelry register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

History[edit | edit source]

Withington St Paul was a chapelry within Manchester, Lancashire Genealogy Ancient Parish until established as an Ecclesiatical parish  from the chapelry construction in 1841. The chapelry had been built as a result of the rapid population growth of the South Manchester area and the inability of Didsbury, Lancashire Genealogy to meet the needs of the ordinary folk of the Area. St Paul became the the chapel and later parish for the working people of the District, Didsbury the church for the wealthier classes.

In the early 13th century, Withington occupied a feudal estate that included the townships of Withington, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Moss Side, Rusholme, Burnage, Denton and Haughton, held by the Hathersage, Longford and Tatton families, and within the Manor of Manchester and Hundred of Salford in historic county boundaries of Lancashire.

Withington was largely rural until the mid-nineteenth century, in which it experienced rapid socioeconomic development and urbanisation due to the Industrial Revolution, and Manchester's growing level of industrialisation. Introduced into the inner boundaries of Manchester in 1904, Withington was integrated into the city forty-five years after it gained city status.

The composer Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy sent a letter from Eltville House Withington Manchester to a certain R Andrews. This letter, regretting that the composer could not meet Mr Andrews for lack of time, is preserved in the Gertude Clarke Whittall Foundation Mendelssohn Collection in the Music Division of the Library of Congress in Washington DC, along with a handwritten essay dating from 1902 by Professor William T Freemantle, describing in some detail the composer’s stay in Manchester in April 1847.

‘Lack of time’ is something of an understatement ! Mendelssohn, then Director of Music for the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, was on his tenth visit to England, with his oratorio Elijah which had had its inaugural performance in Birmingham the previous year. Between 12 April and 8 May 1847 he conducted it six times, first in London at Exeter Hall in the Strand, then in Manchester with the Hargreaves Choral Society in the Free Trade Hall (on 20 April), back to London, Birmingham and finally London again. What is more, in between, he reportedly performed at a variety of other venues both formal and informal, and twice visited Buckingham Palace where he was a great favourite, having several times previously entertained the young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Mendelssohn is said to have played the chapelry organ of St Paul in a report from the earliest informal history of the church (written by churchwarden John Kay in 1896) that Dr Mendelssohn ‘played a service and gave a recital upon the organ and it was pronounced by him to be an excellent instrument.’

Despite its  title, Eltville House was in fact named after a village which is still to be found in Germany, on the north bank of the Rhine between Bingen and Mainz. On his  visits to Manchester inJuly 1842 and 17-20 June 1844, Mendelssohn had also stayed there, on the borders of what we now know as part of Didsbury, as a guest of a member of his wife Cecilia’s family, John Souchay.

Manchester in the middle of the 19th century was developing so many industrial and cultural links that it came to be nicknamed ‘the German city’. The Souchays, a Huguenot family, had commercial interests in both Frankfurt and Manchester. Charles (Carl) Souchay (1799-1872), who lived at Withington House, is buried in the churchyard of St Paul's together with his wife Adelheid (Adelaide) (1809-90). Both they and John were benefactors of St Paul’s church school and their daughter Juliet was married in the church in 1864 to Robert Lucius von Ballhausen, a Catholic who would later be a minister in Bismarck’s government.

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]

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Parish registers for Withington, 1841-1992 Microfilm of original records formerly held at the Manchester Archives Central Library in Manchester, England.
Withington was a township and a chapelry in Manchester parish. The church was known as St. Paul's.
Manchester Archives Central Library call nos.: M 650.

Baptisms, 1841-March 1934. Marriages, 1850-December 1918.
2356368 Items 3 - 7
Marriages, December 1918-1952. Burials, 1842-June 1916.
Burials, September 1916-1992.
2356398 Item 1

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
Email: archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)
Withington- St Paul
Baptisms-1841-1934- MFPR 2060
Baptisms-1934-1976- Archives M650
Burials-1842-1916- MFPR 2062
Burials-1916-1992- MFPR 2063
Marriages-1850-1918- MFPR 2060
Marriages-1918-1952- MFPR 2062
Marriages-1952-1983- Archives M650

Bishop's transcripts for Withington, 1842-1847 Microreproduction of original manuscripts housed at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Withington is a township and chapelry in the parish of Manchester. The church is St. Paul's.
Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/220a

Baptisms and burials, 1842-1847
1545656 Item 5

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Chorlton Poor Law Union,Lancashire

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.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

  • 1541 - 1541 Subsidy of Wythyngton (p. 140)[1]
  • 1622 - 1622 Subsidy of Withington (p. 151)[1]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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England Jurisdictions 1851 Withington was within the Manchester, Lancashire Genealogy Ancient Parish in 1851 when the chapelry was dependent upon Didsbury, Lancashire Genealogy .

The Collegiate Church of Manchester had authorised the chapelry building but it was not granted parish status.

Websites[edit | edit source]

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http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=41425&strquery=withington British History online

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=41434 British History online

http://www.manchester.anglican.org/churches/manchester-archdeaconry/withington Diocese of Manchester

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.P. Earwaker, Three Lancashire Subsidy Rolls, viz., for the Hundred of Salford, 1541, the Hundred of Salford, 1622 and the Hundred of Leyland, 1628, Together with a Recusant Roll for the Hundred of Leyland, in 1628 (London: Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1885). Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.