Newchurch in Rossendale, Lancashire Family History Guide

Newchurch in Rossendale is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created early from chapelry in Whalley Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Wolfendenen-in-Newchurch, Tunstead, Elfenden, Stackstead, Deadwin, and Clough.

Alternative names: Whalley Newchurch in Rossendale, St Nicholas with St John New Church in Rossendale

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

Newchurch in Rossendale

  • Parish registers: 1723
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1606


  • Parish registers: 1840
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Jewish, Particular Baptist, Presbyterian, Presbyterian Unitarian, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Edenfield
  • Bacup
  • Haslingden
  • Lumb
  • Rawtenstall
  • Whitworth

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

NEWCHURCH-IN-ROSSENDALE, a village and a chapelry in Whalley parish, Lancashire. The village stands on an eminence, adjacent to the Manchester, Bury, and Bacup railway, 2½ miles WSW of Bacup; and has a station on the railway and a post-office under Manchester, both of the name of Newchurch, and a fair on the last Monday of June. The chapelry contains also the villages of Clough-Fold, Tunstead, Waterfoot, Booth-Fold, and Whitwell-Vale. Acres, 9,650. Rated property, £33,374. Pop., 24,413. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the Duke of Buccleuch. Thistle-Mount, Springfield, Ashlands, Clough-fold, Edgeside, and Leabank, are chief residences. Coal, freestone, and slate abound; stone is quarried; and the cotton and woollen manufactures are largely carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £500. Patron, the Vicar of Whalley. The church was rebuilt in 1826, on the site of a previous church of 1512; is in the Tudor style; consists of nave and aisles, with an embattled tower; has very old pews, and a carved Caen stone pulpit of 1854; and contains 1,200 sittings. The rectory house was built in 1852; and is a handsome edifice, in the Tudor style. Two other churches are in Tunstead and Waterfoot; chapels for Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Unitarians, national schools, and an endowed grammar-school, are in Newchurch; a Baptist chapel is in Clough-Fold; and a mechanics’ institution is in Whitwell-Vale The Wesleyan chapel was built in 1804, and contains nearly 500 sittings. The Unitarian chapel was rebuilt in 1865, at a cost of £2,200; and is in the pointed style. The grammar-school was built and endowed in 1711, by Mr. John Kershaw. The Baptist chapel in Clough-Folddates from 1700; had Dr. Isaac Watts, at one time, as its minister; and was enlarged in 1838, and re-enlarged in 1853

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


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