Over Darwen St James, Lancashire Family History Guide

Over Darwen St James is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1719 from Blackburn St Mary Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Over Darwen, Darwen St James

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1781
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1723

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, Protestant Dissenters, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Tockholes
  • Lower Darwen St James
  • Bolton le Moors St Peter
  • Yate and Pickup Bank
  • Over Darwen Holy Trinity

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DARWEN (Over), a town, a township, and three chapelries, in Blackburn parish, Lancashire. The town stands near the Blackburn and Bolton railway, 4 miles S of Blackburn; is a seat of manufacture; and has a post office under Blackburn, a r. station, a market-house, public baths, a mechanics’ institute, a lecture-hall, a weekly market, and three annual fairs. The township comprises 5,010 acres. Real property, £39,356; of which £6,082 are in mines, £308 in quarries, and £253 in gas-works. Pop., 16,492. Houses, 2,925. There are great cotton-mills, print and bleach works, paper-works, foundries, and machine-works. The chapelries are St. James, Trinity, and St. John; the first two p. curacies, the third a vicarage. Value of St. James, £240; of Trinity, £300; of St. John, £150. Patron of the two first, the Vicar of Blackburn; of St. John, the Rev. P. Graham. St. James, church was built in 1829, Trinity in 1829, St. John’s in 1864; the last at a cost of £8,000. There are another church, four Independent chapels, a Baptist, a Wesleyan of 1865, two other Methodist, and a R. Catholic, a cemetery with three chapels of 1861, and seven public schools.

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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