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Chorley Parish Resources

The Church of St Laurence is located at Landranger Grid: SD 583177

Parish records for the church exist as follows:

  Original Registers at Lancs. R.O.
FHC Microfilm LPRS BVRI-2

   1548 - 1950

   1548 - 1861

Yes    1548 - 1708   St George
  1836 - 1900
  St Peter
  1851 - 1900

   1548 - 1856

   1548 - 1652
   1654 - 1708
   1754 - 1880

Yes    1548 - 1708    1740 - 1753
  St George
  1836 - 1900
  St Peter
  1852 - 1900

   1548 - 1856

N/A Yes    1548 - 1708 N/A

Transcribing of Chorley parish records for the church of St. Lawrence is underway and should be completed by late 2006.

The parish records of Chorley St. George commence in 1837 and are held on microfiche at the Lancashire Records Office under reference number PR 3123. The IGI contains an index to baptisms from that church from 1836 to 1887 and marriages from 1836 to 1900.

LancashireBMD is making progress in indexing births, marriages and deaths that were registered in this district. It is recommended to review their site. This provides access to births, marriages and deaths registered only AFTER 1st July 1837 and allows you to order the certificate from the local registry office instead of the national registration system. Do check the coverage link to see what records have been transcribed. Marriages at the parish church should also be in the parish church records.

FreeBMD may also be consulted for births, marriages and deaths registered in this district after 1st July 1837. This is also a work in progress that is not yet complete.

The Lancashire Image Archive is developing a database of historical photographs which may be of interest.

The Chorley Register Office will now accept credit cards for payment of certificate purchases. Contact and location details for the office (including a picture of the Superintendent) are here:

Other churches in Chorley include the following:

  Church Name Years available at Lancs. Register Office Notes
  Chorley St. Peter

    1851 -1947 

C of E church
  Presbyterian Or Unitarian

    1788 -1837  

  Saint George

    1836 -1887  

Marriages to 1900 Congregationalist

  Wesleyan Methodist     1795 -1837  

  West Street Primitive Methodist

    1823 -1837  

  Hollinshead or New Street

    1792 -1833   Independent
  St. Gregory R.C.   Burial & death fiche available from LFH&HS

The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society (LFH&HS) has transcribed some marriage indexes for St. Laurence's and the Monumental Inscriptions for St. Laurence's, St. George's and St. Peter's. The Society should be contacted for further information. LFH&HS

The Lancashire Parish Register Society (LPRS) is a group of volunteers who have been working since 1898 to transcribe and make available copies of parish registers in Lancashire. Further information may be obtained here: LPRS


Information about the workhouse in Chorley can be obtained from Peter Higginbotham's pages.

Burial Records

Information about burial records of Chorley cemetery can be obtained from Chorley Borough Cemetery Office.

There is a charge of £15 for the details of each record.

Census Records

Transcripts of the 1841 census for the Chorley area are being made available here:-

Census Transcripts

You should also consult the FreeCEN site although it is only just getting started and not much may be available.

Copies of the census books have been made available or are in process by Stepping Stones, S&N Genealogy and Archive CD Project. The 1881 census can be searched online at: Familysearch

All census transcriptions should be used as an index as the original records may be in very poor shape and pencil was used to record much of the original information. Some searchers have found ancestors by searching on first names, so be creative.

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