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For the purposes of registering Births and Deaths, Lancashire was divided into a number of Registrars' Sub-Districts, which could cover anything from part of a large town, up to a group of several dozen rural parishes. The boundaries of these areas have changed frequently over the years since 1837, and as a result many birth and death records have been transferred between different register offices.

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Birth Coverage Last updated 21 Aug 2014
Sub-District Years Operative Registers at Code Years indexed
ASHTON UNDER LYNE**   Tameside   See www.cheshirebmd.org.uk
Ashton Town**   Tameside   See www.cheshirebmd.org.uk
BLACKBURN       See Blackburn to Witton Below
Blackburn 1837-1885 1965-Present Blackburn B 1837-1885; 1965-1975
Blackburn East 1937-1965 Blackburn BE 1937-1964
Blackburn Northern 1885-1936 Blackburn BN 1885-1936
Blackburn South East 1909-1936 Blackburn BSE 1909-1936
Blackburn South West 1909-1936 Blackburn BSW 1909-1936
Blackburn Southern 1885-1909 Blackburn BS 1885-1909
Blackburn West 1937-1965 Blackburn BW 1937-1964
Blackburn Western 1905-1909 Blackburn BWE 1905-1909
Darwen 1837-1974 Blackburn D 1837-1974
Witton 1837-1905 Blackburn W 1837-1905
BLACKPOOL       See Blackpool to Poulton-le-Fylde Below
Blackpool 1968- Blackpool BL 1968-1974
Blackpool A 1890-1919 Blackpool BLKA 1890-1919; 1962-1963
Blackpool East 1960- Blackpool BE 1960-1967
Blackpool North 1920- Blackpool BN 1920-1967
Blackpool South 1920-36 Blackpool BS 1920-1967
Poulton-le-Fylde 1837-1889 Blackpool PLF 1837-1889
BOLTON       See Bolton to Westhoughton below
Bolton 1968-Present Bolton BOL None
Bolton North 1947-1968 Bolton BN None
Bolton South 1941-1967 Bolton BS None
Eastern Bolton 1837-1886 Bolton EB 1837-1886
Edgworth 1837-1902 Bolton EDG 1837-1902
Farnworth 1837-1956 Bolton FTH 1837-1909
Farnworth & Kearsley 1956-1969 Bolton F&K None
Great Bolton 1886-1902 Bolton GB 1886-1898
Great Bolton & Lever 1902-1941 Bolton GBL None
Halliwell 1837-1947 Bolton HALL 1837-1904
Horwich 1837-1967 Bolton HOR 1837-1890
Kearsley 1944-1956 Bolton KER None
Lever 1837-1902 Bolton LEV 1837-1902
Little Bolton 1837-1947 Bolton LB 1837-1880
Little Hulton 1837-1902 Bolton LH 1837-1902
Sharples 1837-1902 Bolton SH 1837-1902
South West Bolton 1902-1941 Bolton SWB None
Tonge with Haulgh 1837-1920 Bolton TWH 1837-1888
Townleys 1956-1967 Bolton T None
Townleys A 1968-Present Bolton TA None
Townleys B 1968-Present Bolton TB None
Turton 1837- Bolton TUR 1837-1908
Western Bolton 1837-1886 Bolton WB 1837-1881
Westhoughton 1837-1884 Bolton WH 1837-1884
BURNLEY 1837-     See Barnoldswick to Pendle Below
Barnoldswick 1837-1974 Preston BA 1837-1969
Briercliffe 1936-1937 Preston BRIER 1936-1937
Burnley 1837-1897 Preston BU 1837-1897
Burnley 1966- Preston BU 1966-1974
Burnley East 1897-1956 Preston BUE 1897-1956
Burnley First 1956-1966 Preston BF 1956-1966
Burnley Second 1956-1966 Preston BS 1956-1966
Burnley West 1897-1956 Preston BUW 1897-1956
Colne 1837-1957 Preston COL 1837-1957
Colne and Padiham 1957-1968 Preston C&P 1957-1968
Nelson 1895-1968 Preston NEL 1895-1968
Nelson and Colne 1968-1974 Preston N&C 1968-1974
Padiham 1837-1957 Preston PA 1837-1957
Pendle 1837-1928 Preston PE 1837-1928
BURY       See Birtle to Whitefield below
Birtle 1837-1895 Bury BIR 1837-1899
Bury   Bury B  
Bury North 1837-1921 Bury BN 1837-1921
Bury South 1837-1921 Bury BS 1837-1921
Elton 1837-1934 Bury ELT 1837-1934
Holcombe 1837-1895 Bury HOL 1837-1895
Pilkington 1837-1896 Bury PILK 1837-1896
Prestwich 1837-1934 Bury PREST 1837-1934
Radcliffe 1837-1912 Bury RAD 1837-1934
Ramsbottom 1895-1974 Bury RAMS 1899-1974
Tottington 1837-1910 Bury TOTT 1837-1910
Walmersley 1837-1900 Bury WAL 1837-1900
Whitefield 1896-1934 Bury WHITE 1896-1934
CHORLEY       See Adlington to Croston Below
Adlington/Rivington 1837-1959 Preston ADL 1837-1959
Brindle/Withnell 1837-1969 Preston BR 1837-1968
Chorley 1837-Present Preston CHO 1837-1974
Croston 1837-1974 Preston CRO 1837-1973
FLEETWOOD & FYLDE       See Fleetwood to Lytham St. Annes Below
Fleetwood 1890-1988 Preston FLW 1890-1899; 1907-1974
Fleetwood & Fylde 1988-2005 Preston F&F None
Kirkham 1837-1988 Preston KH 1837-1974
Lytham 1837-1937 Preston LY 1837-1937
Lytham St. Annes 1937-1988 Preston LYSTA 1937-1974
HYNDBURN     HY See Accrington to Rossendale A below
Accrington 1837-1974 Preston ACC 1837-1974
Bacup 1895-1937 Preston BAC 1895-1937
Edenfield 1837-1895 Preston EDEN 1837-1895
Great Harwood 1837-1936 Preston G.HAR 1837-1936
Great Harwood A 1937-1974 Preston G.HAR.A 1937-1969
Haslingden 1837-1895 Preston HAS 1837-1890; 1895-1928; 1936-1954
Hyndburn 1974-2005 Preston HY None
Newchurch 1837-1895 Preston NEW 1837-1895
Oswaldtwistle 1837-1936 Preston OS 1837-1936
Oswaldtwistle A 1937-1974 Preston OS.A 1937-1974
Rawtenstall A 2nd 1937-1974 Preston RAW.A 1937-1974
Rawtentstall A 1st 1895-1937 Preston R.A 1895-1937
Rossendale 1837-1895 Preston ROSS 1837-1895
Rossendale A 1974-2005 Preston RS None
LANCASTER       See Arkholme to Wray Below
Arkholme 1837-1922 Preston ARK 1837-1922
Caton 1837-1974 Preston CAT 1837-1973
Ellel 1837-1937 Preston ELL 1837-1937
Garstang 1837-1997 Preston GAR 1837-1974
Heaton 1837-1919 Preston HEA 1837-1919
Hornby 1937-1973 Preston HOR 1937-1973
Lancaster 1837- Preston LAN 1837-1974
Morecambe 1918-1974 Preston MOR 1918-1974
Preesall 1937-1998 Preston PREE 1937-1969
St. Michael 1837-1937 Preston ST.M 1937-1937
Stalmine 1837-1937 Preston STL 1837-1937
Tunstall 1837-1937 Preston TUN 1837-1937
Warton 1837-1919 Preston WAR 1837-1919
Wray 1837-1937 Preston WRY 1837-1937
LIVERPOOL       See Abercromby to West Derby Western Below
Abercromby 1906- Liverpool ABE 1910-1952
Dale Street 1837-1905 Liverpool DALE 1837-1840
Edge Hill 1924-1951 Liverpool EDGE 1924-1951
Everton 1837-1881 Liverpool EVE 1847-1952
Everton North 1885-1915 Liverpool EVEN None
Everton South 1885-1915 Liverpool EVES None
Exchange 1904- Liverpool EXCH 1904-1951
Fazakerley 1899- Liverpool FAZ 1899-1952
Howard Street 1837-1893 Liverpool HOW 1837-1840
Islington 1837-1904 Liverpool ISL 1837-1841
Kirkdale 1876- Liverpool KIRK 1879-1967
Little Woolton 1922- Liverpool LW 1922-1924
Liverpool 1969-Present Liverpool LL None
Liverpool North 1934-1969 Liverpool LN None
Liverpool South 1934-1969 Liverpool LS None
Mill Road Hospital 1952-1967 Liverpool MRH 1952-1967
Mount Pleasant 1837-1906 Liverpool MP None
Much Woolton 1837- Liverpool MW 1837-1922
Netherfield 1934- Liverpool NETH None
Scotland 1904-1924 Liverpool SCOT 1904-1923
Sefton Park 1934-1969 Liverpool SEFT 1934-1952
St Peters 1934- Liverpool STP None
St. George 1841-1898 Liverpool STG 1841-1846
St. Martin 1837-1904 Liverpool STM 1894-1904
St. Thomas 1837-1906 Liverpool STT 1837-1838
Toxteth Park 1837-1907; 1934- Liverpool TP 1840-1907
Toxteth Park Central 1907-1928 Liverpool TPC 1907-1928
Toxteth Park East 1907-1928 Liverpool TPE 1907-1928
Toxteth Park North 1928-1934 Liverpool TPN 1928-1934
Toxteth Park NW 1907-1923 Liverpool TPNW 1907-1923
Toxteth Park South 1928-1934 Liverpool TPS 1928-1934
Toxteth Park SW 1907-1924 Liverpool TPSW 1907-1923
Toxteth Park West 1924-1928 Liverpool TPW 1924-1928
Walton 1837- Liverpool WAL None
Walton Park 1934-1957 Liverpool WPARK 1934-1957
Walton Park First 1957-1965 Liverpool WP1ST 1957-1965
Walton Park Second 1957-1966 Liverpool WP2ND 1957-1966
Wavertree 1837-1915 Liverpool WAV 1883-1952
West Derby 1837-1876 Liverpool WD None
West Derby Eastern 1899- Liverpool WDE 1899-1934
West Derby Municipal 1880- Liverpool WDM 1888-1899
West Derby Rural 1880-1889 Liverpool WDR 1888-1899
West Derby Western 1899- Liverpool WDW 1899-1923
Woolton 1897- Liverpool WOOL 1897-1934
MANCHESTER       See Ancoats to West Manchester Below. Note further reorganisation in 1936 to be added
Ancoats 1837-1917 Manchester ANC 1837-1925
Ardwick 1837-1936 Manchester ARD 1837-1936
Blackley 1837-1935 Manchester BLA 1837-1935
Bradford 1908-1935 Manchester BRA 1908-1935
Central 1881-1917 Manchester CEN 1837-1917
Cheetham 1837-1936 Manchester CHE 1837-1928
Chorlton-on-Medlock 1837-1936 Manchester CHO 1837-1936
Crumpsall Hospital 1836- Manchester CRU None
Deansgate 1837-1881 Manchester DEA 1837-1881
Didsbury 1837-1936 Manchester DID 1837-1936
East Manchester 1917-1925 Manchester EM 1917-1925
Failsworth 1837-1925 Manchester FAI 1837-1925
Gorton 1911-1936 Manchester GOR 1911-1916
Hulme 1837-1936 Manchester HUL 1837-1936
London Road 1837-1880 Manchester LRd 1837-1881
Manchester 1969-Present Manchester M None
Manchester 1924-1936 Manchester MAN 1924-1936
Manchester Central 1936-1969 Manchester MC None
Manchester East Central 1939-1969 Manchester MEC None
Manchester Eastern 1936-1969 Manchester ME None
Manchester North Central 1939-1969 Manchester MNC None
Manchester North Eastern 1936-1939 Manchester MNE None
Manchester North Western 1936-1939 Manchester MNW None
Manchester Northern 1936-1969 Manchester MN None
Manchester South Eastern 1936-1939 Manchester MSE None
Manchester South Western 1936-1939 Manchester MSW None
Manchester Southern 1936-1969 Manchester MS None
Manchester West Central 1939-1969 Manchester MWC None
Manchester Western 1936-1969 Manchester MW None
Market Street 1837-1881 Manchester MST 1837-1881
Newton 1837-1908 Manchester NEW 1837-1908
Newton Heath 1908-1936 Manchester NH 1908-1936
Openshaw 1911-1936 Manchester OPE 1911-1936
Rusholme 1911-1936 Manchester RUS 1911-1936
Saint George 1837-1917 Manchester STG 1837-1917
West Manchester 1917-1925 Manchester WM 1917-1925
NORTH SEFTON       See Formby to Southport Below
Formby 1837-1934 North Sefton F 1837-1899
North Meols 1837-1894 North Sefton NM 1837-1899
North Sefton 1974- North Sefton NS None
Southport 1894-1974 North Sefton   None
OLDHAM       See Chadderton to Uppermill below
Boundary Park A 1967-1974 Oldham BPA 1963-1974
Boundary Park B 1967-1974 Oldham BPB 1961-1974
Chadderton 1837-1933 Oldham CHAD 1837-1933
Crompton 1837-1928 Oldham CR 1837-1928
Crompton & Royton 1928-1974 Oldham C&R 1928-1974
Delph 1837-1905 Oldham DEL 1837-1905
Middleton 1933-1974 Oldham MIDD 1933-1974
Oldham A 1967-1974 Oldham OLDA 1961-1974
Oldham Above Town 1837-1905 Oldham OAT 1837-1905
Oldham B 1967-1974 Oldham OLDB 1963-1974
Oldham Below Town 1837-1905 Oldham OBT 1837-1905
Oldham C 1971- Oldham OLDC 1971-1974
Oldham Central 1905-1933 Oldham OCEN 1905-1933
Oldham D   Oldham OLDD None
Oldham East 1905-1933 Oldham OEAS 1905-1933
Oldham First 1936-1967 Oldham OLD1ST 1936-1967
Oldham North 1933-1936 Oldham ONOR 1933-1936
Oldham Second 1936-1967 Oldham OLD2ND 1936-1967
Oldham South 1905-1936 Oldham OSOU 1905-1936
Oldham Third 1936-1967 Oldham OLD3RD 1936-1967
Royton 1837-1928 Oldham ROY 1837-1928
Saddleworth 1905-1974 Oldham SADD 1904-1974
Springhead 1905-1967 Oldham SP 1904-1967
Uppermill 1837-1905 Oldham UPP 1837-1905
ORMSKIRK       See WEST LANCASHIRE below
PRESCOT       See Huyton to Whiston below
Huyton 1837-1905 Prescot HUY 1837-1905
Huyton with Roby -1971 Prescot HWR None
Kirby -1971 Prescot   None
Knowsley 1971- Prescot KNO None
Prescot 1837- Prescot PRE 1837-1961
Prescot and Huyton -1971 Prescot PH None
Whiston -1971 Prescot WHI None
PRESTON & SOUTH RIBBLE       See Alston to West Preston below
Alston 1837-1937 Preston ALST 1837-1937
Billington 1837-1964 Preston B 1837-1964
Billington & Mellor 1964-1974 Preston B&M 1864-1973
Broughton 1837-1937 Preston BRO 1837-1937
East Preston 1903-1920 Preston EP 1903-1920
Fulwood 1937-1969 Preston FUL 1937-1969
Fulwood & Penwortham 1969-1974 Preston F&P 1969-1974
Leyland 1837-1974 Preston LEY 1837-1974
Longridge 1937-1974 Preston LRIDGE 1937-1974
Longton 1837-1937 Preston LONG 1837-1937
Mellor 1837-1964 Preston M 1837-1964
North Preston 1903-1920 Preston NP 1903-1920
Penwortham 1937-1969 Preston PENHAM 1937-1969
Preston 1837-1877; 1967-1974 Preston PRES 1837-1877; 1967-1974
Preston & South Ribble 1974-2005 Preston PSR None
Preston East 1920-1935 Preston PEAST 1920-1935
Preston North East 1935-1966 Preston PNE 1935-1966
Preston South West 1935-1966 Preston PSW 1935-1966
Preston West 1920-1935 Preston PWEST 1920-1935
St John 1878-1903 Preston ST.J 1878-1903
St Peters 1878-1903 Preston ST.P 1878-1903
Trinity 1878-1903 Preston TR 1878-1903
Walton-le-Dale 1837-1974 Preston WLD 1837-1974
West Preston 1903-1920 Preston WP 1903-1920
RIBBLE VALLEY       See Bowland to Whalley Below
Bowland 1947-1952 Preston BO 1947-1952
Chipping 1837-1950 Preston CH 1837-1958
Clitheroe 1937- Preston CLA 1937-1974
Clitheroe 1837-1937 Preston CL 1837-1937
Gisburn 1837-1946 Preston GI 1837-1946
Slaidburn 1837-1946 Preston SL 1837-1946
Whalley 1837-1937 Preston WH 1837-1937
ROCHDALE       See Blatchinworth & Calderbrook to Wuerdle & Wardle Below
Blatchinworth and Calderbrook 1837-1901 Rochdale BC 1837-1901
Butterworth 1892-1901 Rochdale B 1892-1901
Butterworth Freehold 1837-1892 Rochdale BF 1837-1892
Butterworth Lordship 1837-1892 Rochdale BL 1837-1892
Castleton 1936-1953 Rochdale C 1936-1940
Castleton Further 1837-1901 Rochdale CF 1837-1890
Castleton Nearer 1837-1901 Rochdale CN 1837-1890
Castleton No 1 1902-1936 Rochdale CHO1 1902-1936
Castleton No 2 1902-1936 Rochdale CNO2 1902-1936
Heywood 1837-1974 Rochdale H 1837-1940
Littleborough 1902-1974 Rochdale L 1902-1942
Middleton 1837-1933 & 1974 to date Rochdale M 1837-1933
Milnrow 1902-1974 Rochdale MIL 1902-1940
Rochdale 1954-1974 Rochdale ROCH None
Spotland and Norden 1902-1953 Rochdale S&N 1902-1940
Spotland Further 1837-1901 Rochdale SF 1837-1901
Spotland Nearer 1837-1901 Rochdale SN 1837-1901
Wardleworth 1837-1953 Rochdale W 1837-1940
Whitworth and Brandwood 1837-1895 Rochdale WB 1837-1895
Whitworth and Wardle 1895-1937 Rochdale WHW 1895-1937
Wuerdle and Wardle 1837-1895 Rochdale WUW 1837-1895
SALFORD       See Broughton to Pendleton Below
Barton upon Irwell 1837-1980 Salford BAR 1837-1909
Broughton 1837-1926 Salford BRO 1837-1909
Greengate 1837-1926 Salford GRE 1837-1909
Pendleton 1837-1926 Salford PEN 1837-1909
Regent Road 1837-1926 Salford RR 1837-1909
Worsley 1837-1980 Salford WOR 1837-1909
SOUTH SEFTON       See Aughton to Litherland Below
Aughton       See WEST LANCASHIRE
Bootle 1889- South Sefton B 1899-1905
Great Crosby 1837- South Sefton C 1837-1905
Litherland 1837- South Sefton LITH 1837-1905
ST. HELENS       See St Newton-le-Willows to Widnes Below
Newton-le-Willows 1837-1974 St Helens NLW 1837-1974
Rainford 1837-1974 St Helens RAI 1837-1974
St Helens 1837-1935 St Helens SH 1837-1935
St Helens First 1957-1968 St Helens FIR 1957-1968
St Helens North 1935-1957 St Helens SHN 1935-1957
St Helens Second 1957-1968 St Helens SEC 1957-1968
St Helens South 1935-1957 St Helens SHS 1935-1957
Widnes 1964-1974 St Helens SHWID None
TRAFFORD*   Trafford   See Flixton to Urmston Below
Flixton* 1837-1841 Trafford FLX 1837-1841
Stretford* 1837- Trafford STR 1837-1960
Urmston* 1937- Trafford URM 1937-1952
WARRINGTON*   Warrington   See www.cheshirebmd.org.uk
WEST LANCASHIRE (ORMSKIRK)       See Bickerstaffe to Tarleton Below
Aughton 1837-1954 Preston A 1837-1954
Bickerstaffe 1837-1929 Preston BICK 1837-1929
Halsall 1837-1925 Preston HAL 1837-1925
Lathom 1837-1934 Preston LAT 1837-1934
Ormskirk 1837-Present Preston OK 1837-1950
Scarisbrick 1837-1907 Preston SCA 1837-1907
Skelmersdale 1918- Preston SKE 1918-1968
Skelmersdale and Holland 1968- Preston SKH 1968-1974
Tarleton 1837-1954 Preston TAR 1837-1974
WIDNES*        
Widnes 1837- Halton WID 1837-1900
WIGAN AND LEIGH       See Ashton to Wigan Below
Ashton 1837-1974 Wigan & Leigh ASH 1837-1950
Aspull 1837-1974 Wigan & Leigh ASP 1837-1950
Atherton 1837-1974 Wigan & Leigh ATH 1837-1951
Billinge 1904-1918 Wigan & Leigh BILL 1904-1918
Culcheth 1837-1924 Wigan & Leigh CUL 1837-1924
Hindley 1837-1974 Wigan & Leigh HND 1837-1950
Leigh 1895-1937 Wigan & Leigh L 1895-1937
Leigh & Golborne 1937-1974 Wigan & Leigh LG 1937-1950
Lowton 1837-1937 Wigan & Leigh LOW 1837-1937
Orrell 1919-1974 Wigan & Leigh ORR 1919-1950
Pemberton 1837-1921 Wigan & Leigh PEM 1837-1921
Standish 1837-1974 Wigan & Leigh STND 1837-1950
Upholland 1837-1904 Wigan & Leigh UPHL 1837-1904
Westleigh 1846-1895 Wigan & Leigh WL 1846-1895
Wigan 1837-1922 Wigan & Leigh WIG 1837-1922
Wigan Central 1921-1974 Wigan & Leigh WIG(C) 1921-1950
Wigan East 1921-1974 Wigan & Leigh WIG(E) 1921-1950
Wigan West 1921-1974 Wigan & Leigh WIG(W) 1921-1950
* These offices were in Lancashire up to 1974 but are now in Cheshire
** From 1837 there was a combined registration district of Ashton and Oldham. In 1848 Ashton Town sub-district became part of a new Ashton-under-Lyne District. The registers for Ashton Town are now held by the Tameside Registration District and have been indexed by www.cheshirebmd.org.uk