Padiham, Lancashire Family History Guide

Padiham is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1730 from chapelry in Whalley Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Simonstone, Higham with West Close Booth, Higham, and Hapton.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1573
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1609

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Presbyterian Unitarian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PADIHAM, a small town, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Whalley parish and Burnley district, Lancashire. The town stands on the river Calder, 1½ mile N of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 2½ NW of Rosegrove r. station, and 3 WNW of Burnley; and has a post-office under Burnley, a police station, water-works, gas-works, and a fair on 12 Aug. The township comprises 1,917 acres. Real property, £19,472; of which £3,914 are in mines, and £340 in quarries. 1851, 4,509; in 1861, 5,911. Houses, 1,187. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of cotton spinning. The manor belongs to the Duke of Buccleuch. Huntroyde Hall, Symondstone Hall, and Gawthorpe Hall are chief residences. Coal is extensively worked; and stone is worked in two quarries. The cotton tradeis largely carried on. The chapelry is less extensivethan the township. Pop. in 1861, 5,452. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £220. Patron, Le Gendre N. Starkie, Esq. The old church was an ancient edifice in mixed architecture; contained monuments of the Huntroyde and Gawthorpe families; and was taken down in 1866. The new church was built in 1867, at a cost of about £6,000; is in the style of the middle of the 15th century; comprises nave, aisles, Nand S transepts, chancel with chapel in its S side, Nvestry, S porch, and S W tower; and contains about 1,000 sittings. A cemetery is near the village, on the old Burnley road. There are chapels for Baptists, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, an endowed national school with £27 a year, a British school, and a large Wesleyan school. The sub-district contains also seven other townships of Whalley. Acres, 11,963. Pop., 9,906. Houses, 1,945.

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

Parish Registers

The Registers of the Parish Church of Padiham Lancashire 1573 to 1653 - View Online


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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