Gorton, Lancashire Family History Guide

Gorton St James is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1728 from chapelry in Manchester Our Lady, St George and St Denys Ancient Parish.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1894

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Presbyterian Unitarian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Gorton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

GORTON, a township and a chapelry in Manchester parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Manchester and Sheffield railway, and on the Stourport canal, 3 miles ESE of Manchester; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Manchester. Acres, 1,429. Real property, £23,030; of which £332 are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 4,476; in 1861, 9,897. Houses, 1,813. The increase of pop. arose from the establishment of railway works, and the erection of a cotton mill. There are hat manufactories, chemical works, gum-works, a tan-yard, and a stained paper manufactory. A city gaol of Manchester was erected here in 1856; and a zoological garden is maintained in connexion with the Bellevue inn. The railway here passes 20 feet under the canal. There is a reservoir, of upwards of 70 acres, belonging to the Manchester water-works. The chapelry was constituted in 1854, and curtailed in 1865. Pop. in 1861, 7,017; in 1866, 2,490. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Manchester. The church is a brick edifice in the Doric style. There are places of worship for Independents, Baptists, Wesleyans, and Unitarians, a national school, and an excellent boarding school.

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

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Gorton, 3 miles S.E. Manchester. P. 2422

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Parish Registers

The Registers of the Parish Church of Gorton 1599 to 1741 - View Online


  • County: Lancashire
  • Civil Registration District: Chorlton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Manchester
  • Rural Deanery: Ashton Under Lyne
  • Poor Law Union: Chorlton
  • Hundred: Salford
  • Province: York