Lever Bridge, Lancashire Family History Guide

Lever Bridge is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1844 from Bolton le Moors St Peter Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Haulgh and Darcy Lever.

Alternative names: Leverbridge, Darcy Lever

Parish church: St. Stephen and all Martyrs

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: None
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LEVERBRIDGE, a chapelry in Bolton-le-Moors parish, Lancashire; on the river Croal, the Bolton and Bury railway, and the Bolton and Manchester canal, 1½ mile E by S of Bolton r. station. It comprises the township of Darcy-Lever, and part of the township of Haulgh; and was constituted in 1844. Post town, Bolton. Rated property, £9,497. Pop., 2,844. Houses, 559. Most of the land belongs to the Earl of Bradford, Capt. Oats, and Mr. Bradshaw. Darcy-Lever Hall is the seat of W. Gray, Esq.; Darcy-Lever Old Hall, of W. Horridge, Esq.; and Snow-Hill, of E. Barlow, Esq. There are several collieries and cotton mills. A magnificent viaduct takes the Bolton and Bury railway over the valley; and a three-arched aqueduct takes the Bolton and Manchester canal across the river. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £210. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church was built in 1844, at a cost of upwards of £3,000, on a site given by the Earl of Bradford; and is a cruciform structure of terracotta, in the decorated English style, with tower and spire. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £35.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

LEVER, DARCY, or Lever-Bridge, a township and ecclesiastical parish, in the parish and union of Bolton, hundred of Salford, S. division of Lancashire, 1½ mile (E. by S.) from Bolton; containing about 2700 inhabitants, of whom 1700 are in the township of Darcy-Lever, which comprises 540 acres of land. Darcy-Lever was one of the original seats of the widely extended family of Lever, of whom was Robert Lever, founder of the grammar school at Bolton. It partakes of the local advantages of the district, and is a thriving place. There are several collieries in operation. The Lever-Bridge mills, established in 1790, and belonging to Messrs. William Gray and Sons, employ 400 hands; and the bleaching-works of Ridgway Bridson, Esq., are also on an extensive scale. The river Irwell passes on the south-west; over the valley of the Lever river here is a magnificent viaduct for the Liverpool, Bolton, and Bury railway, and an aqueduct of three arches for the Manchester canal also crosses the river. The parish of Lever-Bridge was constituted in 1844, under the provisions of the act 6th and 7th Victoria, cap. 37, and comprises the township of Darcy-Lever, and part of that of Haulgh. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Crown and the Bishop of Manchester, alternately; income, £150, with a house. The church, dedicated to St. Stephen and all Martyrs, was built on a site given by the Earl of Bradford, at a cost of £3000, of which his lordship contributed £500. It is a cruciform structure of terra cotta, in the decorated English style, with a tower, surmounted by a graceful spire with open tracery; the interior is highly embellished, and has an eastern and a western window of stained glass, the latter with obituary memorials to the Rev. George Langshaw. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; and national schools are arranged for 120 boys and 80 girls.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Memorial inscriptions at St. Stephen and All Martyrs, Lever Bridge, Bolton Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Leverbridge; Bolton and District Family History Society

Memorial inscriptions at St. Stephens & All Martyrs, Lever Bridge, Bolton Author: Bolton and District Family History Society


Census returns for Darcy Lever, 1841-1891

Church Records

Church records, 1846-1928 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Darcy-Lever, Lancashire)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Overseers’ accounts, 1769-1834 Author: Darcy-Lever (Lancashire)

Baptisms, 1877-1905 Author: Bury Old Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Haulgh, Lancashire)


Haulgh division lists of persons paying highway rates, 1803-1825 Author: Haulgh (Lancashire)

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: Bolton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Manchester
  • Rural Deanery: Bolton le Moors
  • Poor Law Union: Bolton
  • Hundred: Salford
  • Province: York