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To see where Wigan is in relation to other towns and communities in Lancashire click here: Locate Wigan

For the location of All Saints the Parish Church, click here: All Saints Church

Parish records for All Saints church exist as follows:

 Location  Original Registers
IGI
 FHC Microfilm  LPRS  Boyd's
 Christenings

 1580-1869

 1580-1852

 1864-1869

 Yes  1580-1710  
 Marriages

 1580-1844

 1600-1844

 Yes  1558-1710  1594-1814
 Burials

 1580-1844

 N/A  Yes  1558-1710  N/A

The original registers are held at Wigan Archives Service. Boyd's marriage index 1594-1814 is held at Lancashire Record Office.

Transcripts by the Lancashire Parish Register Society can be purchased on fiche from:

Liverpool & SW Lancs FHS

Directories for the Wigan in can be checked online here:

1869 Wigan Directory

1881 Wigan Directory

Wigan and the relationship to other townships

Until the 19th Century the parish was the basic unit for ecclesiastical and civil government. The townships were generally responsible for poor relief, road maintenance and rates (local taxes). Some townships had chapels or churches of their own as the parish of Wigan was quite large. However, many baptisms, marriages and burials throughout the parish of Wigan were listed on the registers of All Saints until the following chapelries were able to start maintaining their own records.. As such, someone may have been baptized at Wigan but be resident in another township.

Adjacent parishes and townships:

 Name  Church  Detail
 Abram  St. John  Starts in 1838
 Aspull    
 Billinge  St. Aidens  Billinge Parish Information Starts in 1696
 Dalton  St. Michael & All Angels  1870
 Haigh  St. Davids  
 Hindley    
 Ince  Christ Church  
 Orrell    
 Pemberton    
 Up Holland  St. Thomas  Up Holland Parish Information Starts 1600
 Winstanley    

WIGAN CHURCHES

Wigan conatins a number of churches and denominations; the following is a brief outline of these:

 Dedication/Name  Location  Bapt  Marr  Burials
 St Elizabeth of Hungary  Aspull 1868 1883 1892
 St John  Aspull 1871 - -
 St Margaret  Aspull 1868 - -
 St Davidís  Haigh 1833 1834 1834
 St Johnís  Pemberton 1832 1835 1832
 St Mark  Newtown 1885 1892 -
 St Matthew  Highfield 1873 1910 -
 All Saints  Wigan 1580 1594 1580
 St Andrew  Wigan 1871 1883 -
 St Anne  Wigan 1938 1946 1972
 St Catherine  Wigan 1841 1854 1972
 St George  Wigan 1814 1854 1946
 St James  Wigan 1864 1866 -
 St Michael and All Angels  Wigan 1878 1881 -
 St Stephen  Wigan - 1930 -
 St Thomas  Wigan 1851 1852 -
 Christ Church  Ince 1864 1864 -
 St Mary  Ince 1887 1888 -

The dates indicated are the date of the earliest records

The church of St Matthew's, Highfield has a web site with history and register details. Our thanks to them for allowing us to link to their site. (Follow 'Parish Registers' link for history)

Roman Catholic Churches in Wigan

 Dedication/Name  Location  Bapt.*  Marr.*  Burials*
 Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception  Aspull 1854 1861 1880
 St James  Orrell 1774 1847 1856
 St John  Wigan 1732 1734 1818
 St Joseph  Wigan 1871 1872 -
 St Mary  Wigan 1819 1837 1871
 St Patrick  Wigan 1848 1945 -
 Ince Hall  Ince 1787 - -

Non-Conformist Churches in Wigan

 Name  Location  Denomination  Bapt*  Marr*  Bur*
 Wigan Road  Wigan  Methodist 1967 - -
 Harold Street  Wigan  Primitive Meth. 1878 - -
 Wigan Road  Wigan  Wesleyan Meth. 1869 - -
 Salem Chapel  Wigan  Congregational 1873 1884 1868
 Goose Green  Pemberton  United Meth. 1876 - -
 Goose Green  Pemberton  Wesleyan Meth. 1859 - 1861
 Lamberhead Green  Pemberton  Wesleyan Meth. 1796 - 1836
 Brunswick Chapel  Pemberton  Wesleyan Meth. 1874 1940 -
 Rodney Street  Wigan  Church of Christ 1848 1945 -
 Hope Street  Wigan  Congregational 1802 - -
 St Paul  Wigan  Congregational 1777 1883 1884
 Gidlow  Wigan  Primitive Meth. 1897 - -
 Station Road  Wigan  Primitive Meth. 1864 - -
 Whelley  Wigan  Primitive Meth. 1869 1941 -
 King Street  Wigan  United Meth. 1893 1888 1893
 Standishgate  Wigan  Wesleyan Meth. 1837 - -
 Manley Street  Ince  Primitive Meth. - 1918 -
 Ashton Street  Ince  Primitive Meth. 1875 1912 -

* gives the dates of the earliest filmed records which are kept at The History Shop in Wigan.

1841 CENSUS RECORDS

The census transcriptions should be used as an index as the original records are in very poor shape and pencil was used to record much of the original information. Transcriptions of 1841 census records are being made available as they are completed. Be aware that the files are large and will take time to open or download, especially over dial up connections.

Census transcriptions of the 1841 census have been made available here: Census Files

CHURCH AND PARISH RECORDS

Transcriptions are being developed. those currently available may be viewed here: Church Records


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