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 -


Online Records

The registers of the parish church of Chipping in the county of Lancaster : christenings, burials and weddings, 1559-1694

Bishop's transcripts for Chipping, 1678-1881

Bishop's transcripts for Chipping, 1871-1879

Census returns for Chipping, 1841-1891


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