Blackrod, Lancashire Family History Guide

Part of Blackrod, Greater Manchester
Part of Blackrod, Greater Manchester, seen from the northeast from Winter Hill, showing St Katharine's parish church by Stevelaycock21. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Blackrod (St Katherine) is an Ecclesiastical Parish, created in 1730 from chapelry in Bolton le Moors St Peter parish, in the county of Lancashire.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church: St Katherine

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1606
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1606

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Blackrod

  • Standish
  • West Houghton
  • Haigh and Aspull
  • Horwich
  • Adlington
  • Bolton le Moors St Peter

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BLACKROD, a village and a township-chapelry in Bolton-le-Moors parish, Lancashire. The village stands on elevated ground near the river Douglas and the Bolton and Preston railway, 4½ miles SSE of Chorley: and it has a joint station with Horwich on the railway, and a post office of its own under Chorley. Its site is supposed to have been occupied by the Roman station Coccium, on Watling-street; and many Roman relics have been found. The chapelry comprises 2,367 acres. Real property, £14,264; of which £7,711 are in mines. Pop., 2,911. Houses, 546. The property is not much divided. The inhabitants are chiefly cotton-spinners and colliers. A fire in a colliery here was extinguished by drawing into it the river Douglas. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £400. Patron, the Vicar of Bolton. The church is good; and there is a Wesleyan chapel. A free grammar school has £140 a year, besides sums for three exhibitions at Pembroke college, Cambridge; and other charities have £104.

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

Parish Records

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Parish Registers

Blackrod 1606-1701 - UK Genealogy Archives – Free

Baptisms - Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks – Free

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1841 Census - Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks – Free


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County: Lancashire
Civil Registration District: Wigan
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Manchester
Rural Deanery: Bolton le Moors
Poor Law Union: Wigan
Hundred: Salford
Province: York