Parish Records

St. James' Chorley was consecrated for worship in 1878. For family history and genealogy information prior to 1878 it is therefore necessary to refer to the records for the old parish church of Chorley, St. Laurence.  The original church of St. Laurence was built in 1362.

List of Parish Registers and location

List of other old documents and locations

List of records deposited at Lancashire Records Office in Preston

Records available online

St Laurence website.

The area had previously been part of the parish of Croston and it was in 1362 that the Rector of Croston gave permission  for a Chapel to be built in Chorley.  However, the rectory of Chorley (including entitlement to tithes) was only established by an Act of Parliament in 1793.

An index of parish baptisms, marriages and funerals created by the Mormon Church is freely available in many libraries and an online version (subject to the vagaries of miscopying) is available at the Family Search website.

Parish registers for St. James not currently in use are deposited at the  County Record office The record office have a range of other documents that were deposited in 1984 or 2012.

Access to Archives holding for St. James (reference PR3124)

There is no burial ground at St. James although in recent years a garden of remembrance has been opened for the interment of ashes.

Chorley is in the County of Lancashire and Diocese of Blackburn.  However, Blackburn was only created from part of the Diocese of Manchester in 1926. The Diocese of Manchester was created from part of the Diocese of Chester in 1847. The Diocese of Chester was established under that name in 1541.

A useful source of information for genealogists is GEN UKI which has a section on Lancashire. 

St. James entry on the GEN UKI church database.

St. Laurence entry on the GEN UKI church database. 

The Lancashire Parish Registers Society apparently have some CDs covering the registers for St Laurence Chorley from 1548 to 1708.

We hope in due course to add further information on the history of St. James which may be of interest to those researching their family history.


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