The Whitley Methodist Church at Wigan is the successor of the Methodist meeting places and churches opened in Wigan since John Wesley first preached there in the open air in 1764. According to the online church history, by 1776 a chapel had been built on Wallgate, with entry through the yard of the Buck-i'-th'-Vine inn. The chapel was served by various Methodist circuits from 1776 to 1811, but from 1812 on the Wigan Circuit was in continuous existence. During the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign it was decided a new church was needed and on 25 June 1845, a procession marched from the Buck-i'-th'-Vine to a new Church in Standishgate. With various interior modifications, the Church on the corner of Standishgate and Dicconson Street survived till 1969 when it was demolished and the Whitley Methodist Church was opened on Spencer Road in the northern suburbs of Wigan in 1971.
The birth and baptism register presented here dates from 1811 to 1837 when the books were sent to the Commissioners for enquiring into the State, Custody and Authenticity of Non-parochial Registers in London.