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Welcome to my Bury Parish pages. The aim is to provide information that may be useful to folks researching their ancestors from the Bury area.
I am starting by concentrating on listing the Churches and their records. Click on Bury Churches on the left or above to see these pages. 

Religious History
The three Parish Churches in the area of St Mary's, Bury, St Mary's Radcliffe and St Mary's Prestwich are known to survive from at least the 12th century.
The area was a centre of Puritan dissent in the 17th century. In 1662 after much upheaval both during and after the Civil War dissenting ministers were expulsed. However in the 1690's non-conformist dissenting Chapels were allowed to be established. Bass Lane, Walmersley, Dundee Lane near Ramsbottom, Ainsworth were the first followed by Bank St, Bury in 1719.
Many dissenting congregations split in the 18th century over doctrinal differences. This led to the founding of new chapels such as Stand Lane in 1792 when Stand Presbyterian became Unitarian.
After 1770 the Methodists became established their first Chapel being at Pits o'th Moor, and a Wesleyan Methodist Circuit being established in 1804.
It was not until 1829 and Catholic Emancipation (in large parts due to Sir Robert Peel of Bury) that Roman Catholic Church building could take place, St Marie's in Manchester Rd, Bury being built in 1842.

Popluation
In Volume 1 of E Barnes' History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of Palatine of Lancaster, published 1824, we get the following matter. Bury is a market town and Parish in the hundreds of Salford and Blackburn. This Parish contains five Townships and three Chapelries, of which the following forms the enumeration, with the returns of the number of inhabitants in 1801, 1811, 1821, and the estimated annual rent of the land, messuages, and other buildings in each Township in the Parish.

BURY PARISH

1801
Persons

1811
Persons

1821
Houses

1821
Families

1821
Persons

Estimated Annual Value

Bury…………………Township

7,072

8,762

2,024

2,160

10,583

£16,546

Coupe & Lench, Newhall Hey & Hall Carr………….Township

676

786

196

198

1,224

£8,627

Elton……………...…Township

2,080

2,540

463

507

2,897

£6,370

Heap……………...…Township

4,283

5,148

1,078

1,134

6,552

£8,861

Musbury………..…...Township

453

589

115

121

728

£1,229

Tottington Higher...….Chapelry

1,246

1,556

329

308

1,728

£9,011

Tottington Lower…….Chapelry

4,314

5,917

1,234

1,303

7,333

£4,366

Walmersley……..…..Township

2,166

2,619

500

531

3,290

£5,822

                              TOTALS

22,300

27,317

5,940

6,262

34,335

£60,902

Of the 6303 families employed in this Parish, 296 of them are employed chiefly in agriculture, and 5,727 in trade, manufactures or handicraft; the remaining 280 are either engaged in professional pursuits or unemployed.

The town stands on the left bank of the river Irwell, about 2 miles from the confluence of the Roach with that river. The name is Saxon, signifying either a castle or market town.

Nearby Townships and Adjacent Parishes
If you are looking for ancestors in the Bury area you should consider these townships and Parishes:

Middleton Parish comprising Middleton, Radcliffe (practically a Parish in its own right), Ainsworth, Ashworth, Birch in Hopwood, Birtle-cum-Bamford, Pilsworth and Thornham .

Prestwich Parish comprising Stand, Ringley, and Unsworth

Whalley Parish comprising Haslingden, Newchurch in Rossendale, Bacup, Goodshaw (Booth), Accrington, Church, Altham, Padiham, Holme in Cliviger, Burnley, Little Marsden, Newchurch in Pendle, Colne, Ciltheroe, Downham and Whalley.

Bolton le Moors Parish comprising Bradshaw, Turton, Walmsley (not to be confused with Walmersley), Rivington, Blackrod, Little Lever and Bolton.

Rochdale Parish comprising Spotland, Smallbridge, Todmorden, Whitworth, Littleborough, Wardleworth, Milnrow, and Rochdale

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All information supplied is for the purpose of private study and research only, and may not be used for commercial purposes. 
Please be aware that I do NOT live in the area, so any local help would be gratefully received.

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