Chipping, Lancashire Family History Guide

St Bartholomew's Church, Chipping, Lancashire
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Chipping is an Ancient Parish in the county of Lancashire.

Other places in the parish include: Thornley with Wheatley.

Parish church: St Bartholomew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1678

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHIPPING, a township, a parish, and a sub-district in Clitheroe district, Lancashire. The township lies on a branch of the river Hodder, 3¾ miles NW of the Longridge railway, and 7 E by S of Garstang; and has a post office under Preston, and fairs on Easter Tuesday and 24 Aug. Acres, 5,577. Real property, £5,567. Pop., 1,074. Houses, 229. The parish includes also the township of Thornley-with-Wheatley. Acres, 8,756. Real property, £8,217. Pop., 1,483. Houses, 311. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged, before the Conquest, to Richard de Chepin. The cotton manufacture is largely carried on; and limestone occurs. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £120. Patron, the bishop of Manchester. The church was reported in 1859 to need repair. There are chapels for Independents and Roman Catholics; and charities, £260. The sub-district contains also parts of two other parishes. Acres, 22,226. Pop., 3,217. Houses, 590.

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

Parish Records

Parish Registers

CHIPPING is one of the very few old-world Lancashire villages left. The traveller anxious to explore its quaintness will best reach it from Longridge Railway Station, whence it is distant between 4 and 5 miles. The Church, dedicated to Saint Bartholomew, had its original foundation before the Conquest, but was restored in the 16th Century. It stood about the centre of its ancient Parish which comprised an area of 3 square miles, or nearly 9000 acres. There were only two townships in the Parish — Chipping and Thornley-cum-Wheatley — and no Chapelries.

The Registers commence in 1559, and the present printed volume includes what we know as Vols. I. and II. of the Original Register. Original Vol. I. (marked "A" on its sheepskin cover) consists of 46 sheets of parchment and a paper flyleaf bound in a sheepskin cover, and the whole re-bound in leather. Vol. II. really consists of two volumes stitched together, marked on the sheepskin covers "B" and "C." "B," including the cover (written on), comprises 15 parchment leaves. Vol. "C," including the cover, comprises 44 parchment leaves. Vol. II. is also re-bound in leather. The average dimension of each parchment leaf is 13 inches by 6 inches. The number of entries
is 4568.

The Registers, though very difficult to decipher in parts, are on the whole in fair condition. The great difficulty with regard to them has been to straighten out the entries into chronological order. Many entries in Vol. II. of Original are of far earlier date than the entries in Original Vol. I., and the Parish Clerk's rule seems to have been wherever he found a vacant spot in the Registers there to make his entry regardless of chronological order.

Chipping, Lancashire Parish Registers 1559 to 1694 -

Parish Records

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Chipping, St. Bartholomew parish church [monumental inscriptions survey] Author: Charnley, D.; Janes, P.; Thornley-with-Wheatley Women's Institute (Lancashire); Hull, Roland; Stott, Brian

Monumental inscriptions for St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Chipping Author: David, Susan; Griffiths, Patricia; Catholic Church. St. Mary's (Chipping, Lancashire)


Census returns for Chipping, 1841-1891

Church Records

Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1559-1694 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Chipping (Lancashire); Bibby, James

Bishop's transcripts for Chipping, 1678-1881 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Chipping (Lancashire)

Bishop's transcripts for Chipping, 1871-1879 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Chipping (Lancashire)

Copy of christenings, marriages, and burials from official register : Noble, Calvert, Cunliffe families Author: Bibby, James

England, Lancashire, Chipping, St. Bartholomew parish registers, 1559-1950 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Chipping (Lancashire); Lancashire Records Office (Preston, England)

Monumental inscriptions for St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Chipping Author: David, Susan; Griffiths, Patricia; Catholic Church. St. Mary's (Chipping, Lancashire)

The registers of the parish church of Chipping in the county of Lancaster : christenings, burials and weddings, 1559-1694 Author: Brierley, Alice; Church of England. Parish Church of Chipping (Lancashire)

The Reverend Peter Walkden's diary : for 1725, 1729 & 1730, written whilst minister at the chapels of Hesket Lane nr. Chipping & Newton Bowland including registers of early nonconformist baptisms Author: Foster, G. A.; Walkden, Peter; Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Parish printout of Chipping, Lancashire, England

Parish printout of Leagram and Chipping Roman Catholic Church, Chipping, Lancashire, England


History of the parish of Chipping in the county of Lancaster, with some account of the forests of Bleasdale and Bowland Author: Smith, Thomas Charles

Lancashire Archives & Family History Groups

Lancashire Archives

Lancashire FH & Heraldry Society

Manchester Archives and Local History


Lancashire BMD

England, Lancashire, Parish Registers 1538-1910

England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996

Catholic Parish Registers of Liverpool 1741-1773

St James’ Cemetery Burials Liverpool

Manchester Burial Records

England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers, 1797-2004

England, Lancashire, Rusholme Road Cemetery 1821-1933

Oldham Burial Records

Tameside Burial Records

Chorlton Upon Medlock Burials 1821-1933


Lancaster Convict Database 1800s

Lancashire Fusiliers

Lancashire Infantry Museum

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Lancashire Roll of Honour

St. Helens Roll of Honour

Lancashire Police Records

Lancashire Lantern - archive of local old photographs, postcards and other images

Manchester Local Images

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


County: Lancashire
Civil Registration District: Clitheroe
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Amounderness
Diocese: Manchester
Rural Deanery: Amounderness
Poor Law Union: Clitheroe
Hundred: Blackburn
Province: York