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This section provides index lists of all ecclesiastical records held by Bolton Archive Service.

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Church Of England

Detailed listing for Church of England indexes

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Baptist Church

Astley Bridge

Astley Bridge Baptist Church (NB)

Registers 1903-1973

Bolton

Claremont (NB)

Registers, minutes, financial records, membership records, Sunday School records, Women’s League records 1869-1994

Moor Lane (NB & MF)

Registers, minutes, membership records 1814-1869

Queen Street Mission and Ragged School (FCH)

Registers, financial records, convalescent records, clog loan registers, photographs 1877-1980

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Congregational Church

District Records

Bolton and District Congregational Council (NC)

Minutes and correspondence 1906-1950

Bolton and District Congregational Sunday School Union (NC)

Minutes 1878-1943

Bolton and District Group of Congregational Churches (NC)

Minutes, correspondence, accounts, cuttings 1917-1951

Astley Bridge

Bank Top (NC)

Minutes, accounts, membership records 1892-1970

Bolton

Blackburn Road (NC)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School, Social Club, membership, Scout Movement and Women’s Guild records 1885-1890

Dukes Alley (NC & MF)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, pew rentals, membership records 1785-1882

Kay Street Mission (NC)

Registers, minutes correspondence 1895-1958

Mawdsley Street (NC & MF)

Registers, Sunday School records 1831-1922

St George’s Road (NC)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, church manuals, membership records, trust deeds, Clothing Club records, Mutual Improvement and Literary Society records 1863-1977

Edgworth

Edgworth Independent (MF)

Microfilm copy registers 1807-1837

Farnworth

Francis Street (NC)

Minutes, accounts, membership records, pew records, Women’s Guild records 1868-1967

Market Street (NC & MF)

Registers, minutes, financial records, Sunday School records, Congregational Institute records, Social Club records 1809-1977

Halliwell

Chorley Old Road (NC)

Registers 1903-1990

Horwich

Lee Lane (MF)

Microfilm copy registers 1765-1894

New Chapel (MF)

Microfilm copy registers 1751-1836

Kearsley

Irwell Bank (NC)

Sunday School records 1853-1899

Turton

Egerton Independent (NC & MF)

Registers, manse and burial ground correspondence 1812-1939

Westhoughton

Bethel Independent (MF)

Microfilm copy registers 1826-1837

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Methodist Church

District Records

Bolton and Rochdale Methodist District (NMBR)

Minutes, Women’s Fellowship and Work Council records, Synod directories, conference papers, district development records, correspondence 1934-1993

Circuit Records

Bolton, Albert Place United (NMUA)

Trust schedules 1924

Bolton, Hanover United (NMUH)

Minutes and trust schedules 1924-1935

Bolton, Higher Bridge Street Primitive (NMPB)

Minutes, trust schedules, financial records 1912-1951

Bolton, Higher Bridge Street Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, trust schedules, minutes, financial records, register of title deeds, correspondence 1789-1970

Bolton, Moor Lane Primitive (NMPM)

Trust schedules 1950-1955

Bolton, Park Street Wesleyan (NMWP)

Minutes, circuit and trust schedules, financial records, register of title deeds, circuit plans 1865-1977

Bolton, St George’s Road New Connexion (NMUS)

Circuit and trust schedules 1880-1924

Bolton, Wesley (Castle Street) Wesleyan (NMWW)

Minutes, circuit and trust schedules, financial records, register of title deeds, Women’s Work records, circuit plans 1857-1970

Farnworth Wesleyan (NMWF)

Minutes, financial records, visitation schedules,circuit plans, statistical records, directories 1868-1971

Horwich Primitive (NMPH)

Minutes and circuit plans 1892-1934

Ainsworth

Ainsworth New Connexion (NMUS)

Minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1847-1980

Astley Bridge

Astley Bridge Wesleyan, Seymour Road (NMWB)

Minutes, school log books, financial records, pew rental 1852-1992

Bolton

Albert Place United (NMUA)

Registers, minutes, miscellanea 1858-1937

Back Foundry Street Wesleyan (NMWW)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1895-1956

Bowkers Row United (NMUA)

Register 1868-1881

Bradshawgate Wesleyan (NMWW)

Registers 1852-1905

Cable Street Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts, membership records 1882-1971

Draycott Street Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1872-1902

Ebenezer New Connexion (MF)

Microfilm copy registers 1800-1837

Fern Street Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1871-1926

Fletcher Street Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts, correspondence 1819-1972

Folds Primitive (NMPB)

Registers 1875-1941

Folds Road Independent (MF & NMXB)

Registers, minutes, Sunday School records, miscellanea 1824-1916

Foundry Street Wesleyan (NMWW)

Registers, accounts 1888-1962

Hanover and Gilnow Road United (NMUH)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1834-1972

Higher Bridge Street Primitive (NMPB)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1884-1952

Higher Bridge Street Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts, deeds, Sunday School records 1798-1869

Kings Hall Mission (NMWM)

Registers 1919-1958

Moor Lane Primitive (NMPM)

Registers 1912-1947

Moss Street and Pikes Lane Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers 1867-1871

Park Street Wesleyan (NMWP)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, correspondence 1862-1965

Peace Street Bible Christian (NMUH)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1892-1970

Ridgway Gates Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers 1814-1856

St George’s Road New Connexion (NMUS)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1845-1956

Slaterfield Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts, correspondence 1866-1962

Spring Gardens Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers 1886-1905

Ulleswater Street Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1902-1979

Victoria Hall Mission (NMWM)

Concert programmes, reports, plan 1897-1945

Victoria Wesleyan, Grecian Crescent (NMWW)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1868-1977

Breightmet

Breightmet Wesleyan (NMWW)

Minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1848-1968

Darcy Lever

Darcy Lever Wesleyan (NMWW)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, correspondence 1846-1871

Edgworth

Edgworth Wesleyan (NMWW)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, correspondence 1844-1990

Entwistle

Entwistle Wesleyan (NMWW)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, correspondence 1870-1966

Farnworth

Cawdor Street Wesleyan (NMWF)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1901-1973

Egerton Street Wesleyan (NMWF)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1881-1958

Halshaw Moor Wesleyan (NMWF)

Register 1838-1861

Market Street Wesleyan (NMWF)

Minutes, Sunday School records 1874-1954

New Bury Wesleyan (NMWF)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1860-1967

Plodder Lane Wesleyan (NMWF)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, correspondence 1885-1995

Queen Street Primitive (NMPF)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1871-1972

Victoria Hall Wesleyan (NMWF)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1896-1964

Wesley Chapel (NMWF)

Registers, minutes, Sunday School records, choir records, pew and gallery rentals 1850-1971

Great Lever

Alder Street Wesleyan (NMWW)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1931-1986

Starcliffe Primitive, Loxham Street (NMPF)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1885-1963

Halliwell

Brownlow Fold New Connexion (NMUS)

Registers 1874-1913

Chorley Old Road Wesleyan (NMWP)

Registers, minutes, accounts, correspondence 1891-1967

Delph Hill Wesleyan (NMWP)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, correspondence 1848-1976

Halliwell Road Wesleyan (NMWP)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1844-1955

Harvey Street Primitive (NMPB)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records1896-1968

Raphael Street  Wesleyan, Brownlow Fold (NMWP)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1867-1958

Harwood

Longsight Wesleyan (NMWW)

Minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, Wesley Guild records, Band of Hope records, membership records 1840-1975

Tottington Road Primitive (NMPB)

Minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, George Binns Ashworth Trust records, mission records 1839-1972

Horwich

Brunswick United (NMUH)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1890-1969

Chorley New Road Primitive (NMPH)

Registers, minutes, accounts, correspondence 1902-1965

Fall Birch Wesleyan (NMWP)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1897-1970

Horwich Moor Primitive (NMPH)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1872-1991

Mason Memorial Primitive, Lee Lane (NMPH)

Registers, minutes, title deeds 1798-1935

St John’s Methodist (NMWP)

Minutes, correspondence 1969-1985

Victoria Wesleyan, Church Street (NMWP)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1894-1973

Kearsley

Kearsley Mount Wesleyan (NMWF)

Minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1853-1991

Ringley Wesleyan (NMWF)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, Band of Hope records 1857-1963

Little Hulton

Walkden Moor Wesleyan (MF)

Microfilm copy register 1803-1838

Little Lever

Little Lever Wesleyan (NMWF)

Minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1917-1984

Lostock

Chew Moor Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1848-1892

Middle Hulton

Middle Hulton Wesleyan (NMWF)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1864-1959

St Helens Road Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records            1899-1986

Rumworth

Alexandra Street New Connexion (NMUS)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1880-1913

Daubhill Wesleyan, St Helens Road (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, correspondence 1862-1985

Deane Wesleyan, Wigan Road (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1927-1985

Melbourne Road New Connexion (NMUS)

Registers, minutes, accounts, correspondence 1914-1991

Zion Primitive, Daubhill (NMPM)

Registers, minutes, Sunday School records, correspondence 1884-1976

Tonge-with-Haulgh

Castle Hill Primitive (NMPB)

Minutes, accounts 1901-1946

Haulgh Wesleyan School Chapel (NMWW)

Registers 1877-1905

Tonge Moor Wesleyan (NMWW)

Registers, minutes, Sunday School records 1884-1964

Trinity Wesleyan, Tonge Fold (NMWW)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, Missionary Society records, correspondence 1867-1987

Wesley Chapel, Castle Street (NMWW)

Registers, minutes, accounts, correspondence 1905-1988

Tottington Lower End

Hawkshaw Lane United and Wesleyan (NMWW)

Register, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1867-1931

Turton

Birtenshaw Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1853-1992

Egerton Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes 1847-1960

Westhoughton

Daisy Hill Primitive (NMPM)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records 1871-1985

Grove Lane Primitive (NMPM)

Registers, minutes, accounts 1874-1993

Trinity Wesleyan (NMWB)

Registers, minutes 1869-1967

Wingates Independent (NMXW)

Registers 1917-1998

Worsley

Worsley Road Primitive, Walkden (NMPF)

Minutes, accounts 1883-1978

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Nonconformist Churches

Detailed listing for Nonconformist Church indexes

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Presbyterian Church


Many local Presbyterian congregations adopted Unitarianism during the late eighteenth century and the records of these are listed below under the heading “Unitarian Church”. The former St Andrew’s Church, Bowkers Row, Bolton has closed and its congregation united with that of St George’s Road Congregational Church to form St Andrew and St George United Reformed Church.

Bolton

St Andrew’s, Bowkers Row (NP)

Registers, Kirk Session records, minutes, accounts, communicants’ rolls1838-1979

Scotch Chapel, Moor Lane (MF)

Microfilm copy register 1803-1818

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Religious Society Of Friends (Quakers)

Marsden Monthly Meeting (MF)

Bolton lay within the administrative area of the Marsden Monthly Meeting, which was centred on the townships of Great and Little Marsden (now known as Nelson) in the Pendle area of Lancashire. Extensive records of the Marsden Monthly Meeting are available at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.

Microfilm copy registers 1654-1893

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Roman Catholic Church

Detailed listing for Roman Catholic Church indexes

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Swedenborgian Church

Bolton

New Jerusalem, Higher Bridge Street, formerly Bury Street (NSW,MF, ZCR)

Registers, minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, pamphlets, religious tracts 1804-1916

Kearsley

Top o’th Brow, Ringley (MF)       

Microfilm copy registers 1808-1831

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Unitarian Church

Many of the Unitarian Churches in the Bolton area began as Presbyterian places of worship and converted to Unitarianism in the late eighteenth century. The records of these are included in this list. We also hold microfilm copies of the registers of a number of other local Unitarian churches and chapels, including Ainsworth, Bolton (Moor Lane), Rivington and Walmsley (Turton). Full details of these are given in our publication “Tracing Your Ancestors in Bolton”.

District Records

Bolton and District Council of Christian Congregations (NUL)

Minutes 1955-1972

North and East Lancashire Unitarian Mission (NUL)

General and executive committee minutes 1859-1973
Annual reports and financial statements 1863-1984
Treasurer’s letter books 1876-1894
Treasurer’s accounts 1870-1982
Blackpool North Shore Unitarian Church minutes 1960-1978
Darwen Bolton Road Unitarian Church minutes 1890-1892
Nelson Unitarian Church minutes 1904-1920

North Lancashire and Westmoreland  Unitarian Association (NUL)

Minutes, accounts 1901-1948

Bolton

Bank Street (NUB & MF)

Microfilm copy registers, correspondence, accounts, Sunday School records, miscellanea 1723-1977

Unity Church, Deane Road (NUB)

Registers, minutes, annual reports, Church calendars, accounts, correspondence 1862-1975

Horwich

Horwich Free Church (NUH)

Minutes, accounts, Sunday School records, title deeds, legal papers 1890-1991

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