Great Marsden is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1845 from Whalley Ancient Parish and Colne Ecclesiastical Parish.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1845
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1813

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MARSDEN, a township and two chapelries in Whalley parish, Lancashire. The township consists of the two chapelries, called Little M. and Great M.; lies on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 2½ and 4 miles NE of Burnley; has two stations on the railway, at Brierfield for Little M., and at Nelson for Great M.; and has a post office, of the name of Nelson-in-Marsden, under Burnley. Acres, of Little M., 1,470; of Great M., 2,890. Real property of the whole, £27,821; of which £1,304 are in quarries, and £11,068 in mines. Pop. of Little M., in 1851,3,997; in 1861,5,162. Houses, 1,005. Pop. of Great M., in 1851, 2,071; in 1861, 2,180. Houses, 422. The increase of pop. was caused by the erection of cotton-mills. The property both of Little M. and of Great M. is much subdivided. Marsden Hall is the seat of W. Pinder, Esq.; Southfield, of N. England, Esq.; and Spring House, of T. Mason, Esq. Nelson, in Little M., is lighted with gas, and publishes a weekly newspaper. The cotton manufacture is carried on, and coal and stone abound. Little M. is a p. curacy, Great M. a vicarage, in the dio. of Manchester. Value of Little M., £180; of Great M., £300.* Patrons of the former, Hulme’s Trustees; of the latter, alt. the Crown and the Bishop. The church of Little M. is a plain stone building; and that of Great M. was erected in 1848, at a cost of £2,050, and is in the pointed style. There are chapels for Independents and Quakers, three for Wesleyans, and two for Primitive Methodists, three national schools, and a mechanics’ institution.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog – Free

Cemeteries

Great Marsden (Nelson), St. John the Evangelist : memorial insciptions & grave books Author: Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Great Marsden St. John’s Church memorial inscriptions Author: Whittaker, Gladys; Crowther, Doreen; Rossendale Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (Lancashire)

Marsden, Briercliffe, Foulridge, Newhead [monumental inscriptions] Author: Scott, E. G.; Scott, E. G., Mrs.; Holgate, Elizabeth

Census

Census returns for Great and Little Marsden, 1841-1891

Foulridge, 1851 [census] : Great Marsden, folio 145-folio 209 Author: Whittaker, Gladys; Crowther, Doreen; Holgate, C. M.

Little Marsden : folio 5 – folio 141 HO 107/2254 Author: Whittaker, Gladys; Crowther, Doreen; Holgate, C. M.; Holgate, Elizabeth; Rossendale Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (Lancashire)

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Little Marsden and Great Marsden, 1813-1854 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Little Marsden (Lancashire); Church of England. Chapelry of Great Marsden (Lancashire)

Church records, 1654-1775 Author: Society of Friends. Marsden Monthly Meeting (Lancashire)

English Friends records, Lancashire, births, 1650-1729, marriages, 1655-1729, deaths, 1659-1729 Author: Cope, Gilbert, 1840-1928

Marriages, births and burials, 1654-1837 Author: Society of Friends. Marsden Monthly Meeting (Lancashire)

Parish registers for Great Marsden, 1845-1900 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Great Marsden (Lancashire)

Parish registers for Little Marsden, 1813-1900 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Little Marsden (Lancashire)

Parish registers for St. Bartholomew’s Church, Colne, 1599-1900 Author: Church of England. St. Bartholomew’s Church (Colne, Lancashire)

Parish registers for St. Mary’s Church, Nelson, 1879-1900 Author: Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Nelson, Lancashire)

History

The history of Marsden and Nelson Author: Bennett, W. (Walter)

Lancashire Archives & Family History Groups

Lancashire Archives

Lancashire FH & Heraldry Society

Manchester Archives and Local History

Lancashire

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

CemSearch

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

Census

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

Occupations

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

Administration

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

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