Lower Darwen St James, Lancashire Family History Guide

Lower Darwen St James is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1830 from Blackburn St Mary Ancient Parish.

Alternative names:

  • Lower Darwen
  • Lower Darwin St James
  • Over Darwen

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1829
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1829

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

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

DARWEN, LOWER, a township, in the parish and union of Blackburn, Lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire, 2¼ miles (S. S. E.) from Blackburn; containing 3077 inhabitants. In the reign of Henry II. this place was granted to Robert Banastre, and passed by marriage with his heiress to John Langton, the first baron of Walton. The manor was held in Henry VIII.’s reign by William Bradshawe, and subsequently became a possession of Sir Thomas Walmesley, from whom it passed to the family of Lord Petre. The township is large and populous, and stretches along the east bank of the Darwen; the Blackburn, Darwen, and Bolton railway passes through the village. Coal-mines are wrought, and the population is also engaged in manufactures. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar of Blackburn, with a net income of £150. The chapel, now a district church, was commenced in 1827, and completed in 1829, and is a stone fabric with a hexagonal tower, dedicated to St. James; the expense of its erection, £5491, was defrayed partly by a grant from the Parliamentary Commissioners. The Wesleyan Methodists and Methodists of the New Connexion have places of worship here.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Cemeteries

Monumental inscriptions of St. James’ Parish Church, Lower Darwen, Lancashire Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Darwen (Lancashire)

Census

Census returns for Lower Darwen, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts of the chapelry of St. James (Over Darwen, Lancashire), 1810-1856. Author: Church of England. Chapelry of St. James (Over Darwen, Lancashire); Church of England. Chapelry of St. James (Over Darwen, Lancashire); Church of England. Chapelry of Holy Trinity (Over Darwen, Lancashire); Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Darwen (Lancashire)

Coucher books, 1680-1896 Author: Church of England. St. Mary-the-Virgin Church (Blackburn, Lancashire)

England, Lancashire, Lower Darwen, St. James, Lower Darwen parish registers, 1829-1965 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Darwen (Lancashire); Lancashire Records Office (Preston, England)

Lancashire baptisms, Lower Darwen Chapel, 1751-1794 Author: Ainsworth, Cliff J.; Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Darwen (Lancashire); Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Lancashire burials, 1785-1793, Lower Darwen Author: Ainsworth, Cliff J.; Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Darwen (Lancashire); Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society

Lancashire Archives & Family History Groups

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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

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Chorlton Upon Medlock Burials 1821-1933

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Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

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England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

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Marriage Records

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Death Records

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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

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

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Newspaper Archives

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Administration

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