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St James (originally St Thomas) Church of England, Gorton

St James,
Church Lane/Cambert Lane,
Gorton
Lancashire

Cemeteries

The church has/had a graveyard. The Monumental Inscriptions in the graveyard were recorded in the Owen Manuscripts (copies held at Lancashire Record Office).

There are copies of the Monumental Inscriptions for 1704-1964 at Manchester Archives and Local Studies.

Church History

The original place of worship for Gortonians was a wattle and daub, thatched building erected sometime towards the end of the 15th century (no exact date recorded), which was dedicated to St.James. This lasted until 1753, when it was in such a poor state of repair that it was resolved to build a new brick church, which took 2 years to construct and was opened on St.Thomas's day 1755. This one was dedicated to St.Thomas. By 1868, this too was in a poor state and the present church was built with money supplied by the local industrialist and philanthropist, Charles Beyer. This present church of St.James - it reverted to its original patron - was opened in 1871 and is the 2nd church to stand close to the site of the original.

Ian Rhodes has an alternative picture of St. James, and its steeple.

Church Records

Whilst every effort has been made to record exact details of record office and library holdings you are recommended to check with them before visiting to ensure that they do hold the records and years you wish to examine. Similarly check with transcript publishers to ensure they cover the records and years you require before making a purchase.

Manchester Archives and Local Studies, Manchester Central Library, hold:

  • Baptisms 1600-1974
  • Marriages 1601-1981
  • Burials 1651-1970

Marriages 1838-1884 are held within Lancashire BMD. N.B. Select "Manchester" region. The original church was located

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no connection with the churches themselves. For current information you should contact them directly.

Whilst every effort has been made to record exact details of record office and library holdings you are recommended to check with them before visiting to ensure that they do hold the records and years you wish to examine. Similarly check with transcript publishers to ensure they cover the records and years you require before making a purchase.

Copies of Original Registers

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Copies of Bishop's Transcripts

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Register Transcripts

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
MI

Indexes

Marriages

Maps

The church is located at OS grid reference SJ8863596462 (Lat/Lon 53.464767,-2.172664). You can see this on maps provided by: