Altham, Lancashire Family History

Altham is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1723 from chapelry in Whalley Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Altham with Skykeside

Other places in the parish include: Sykeside.

Parish church: St James

Parish registers begin: 1596

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Altham

  • Church Kirk
  • Clayton le Moors
  • Padiham
  • Whalley
  • Accrington
  • Great Harwood

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALTHAM, a township-chapelry in Whalley parish, Lancashire; on the Henburn river, near the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 1 mile N of Huncoat r. station, and 5 W of Burnley. It includes the village of Sykeside; and its Post Town is Accrington. Acres, 1,406. Real property, £2,580. Pop., 410. Houses, 75. The property is not much divided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150. Patron, R. T. R. Walton, Esq. The church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1859.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Altham, a chapelry in the parish of Whalley, union of Burnley, co. -palatine of Lancaster; 5 miles west of Burnley. Living, a perpetual curacy in the archd. and dio. of Chester; rated at £11 15s. 8d.; gross income £117. Patron, in 1835, R. T. W. Walton. There are a daily and a Sunday school here. Pop., in 1801, 328; in 1831, 413. Houses 67. Acres 1,160. A. P. £2,975. Poor rates, in 1837, £110.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851

Parish Records

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Parish Registers

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Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Lancashire
  • Civil Registration District: Burnley
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Manchester
  • Rural Deanery: Whalley
  • Poor Law Union: Burnley
  • Hundred: Blackburn
  • Province: York