All Saints, Wigan - Church of England

Church picture

All Saints,
New Market St,
Wigan
Lancashire

Cemeteries

The monumental inscriptions on the gravestones have been recorded and can be examined at Wigan library.

Church History

It was founded before 1580.
The parish church of All Saints is an edifice of stone in the Late Perpendicular style, restored about 1630 and again in 1847, and consisting of chancel with aisles and two chapels to the Gerard and Lindsay families, nave, aisles, south porch and a tower at the east end of the north aisle containing 8 bells: in the Lindsay chapel are mural monuments to Alexander, 6th earl of Balcarres and 23rd earl of Crawford, d. 27 March, 1825, and Elizabeth (Dalrymple), his wife, d. 10 August, 1816; and to Maria Margaret Frances, daughter of John, Lord Muncaster, and wife of James, 24th earl of Crawford and Balcarres, d. 16 November, 1850: in the Lindsay or Bradshaigh chapel is an altar tomb with recumbent effigies in stone to Sir William Bradshaigh kt. and Dame Mabel, his wife: in the corresponding chapel on the north side is a monument to Dr. George Hall, bishop of Chester 1662-8 and previously rector of Wigan who resided here occasionally and was accidentally killed by falling on a knife while walking in his garden at Wigan: there is also a brass to the Rev. Albert Harry Hodd, curate of All Saints (1871): there are several stained windows, the one at the east end of the Lindsay or Bradshaigh chapel was presented by Lady Marian Lindsay and Lady Jane Evelyn Lindsay in memory of their father, Wm. late earl of Crawford and Balcarres; Dr. John Wilkins, bishop of Chester 1668-72, who succeeded Bishop Hall, was also rector here, and three subsequent rectors held the benefice in commendam with the same see: there are 950 sittings. The register dates from the year 1580. The living is a rectory, net yearly value 1,600, with residence, in the gift of the Earl of Bradford, and held since 1864 by the Rev. the Hon. George Thomas Orlando Bridgeman M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, hon. canon of Liverpool, rural dean of Wigan, chaplain-in-ordinary to the Queen and acting chaplain to the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Manchester Regiment. The population attached to the church in 1891 was 7,283.

from Slater's Directory, Lancashire 1895

Church Records

Original registers
The Wigan Heritage Service hold the original registers.
Bishop's Transcripts
Lancashire Record Office hold:
Register Transcripts
Published by the Lancashire Parish Register Society:
Indexes
Boyd's marriage index 1594-1814 is held at Lancashire Record Office.

The IGI contains:

Transcripts/indexes in progress

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Church Records

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Copies of Bishop's Transcripts

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Register Transcripts

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes

Marriages

Maps

The church is located at OS grid reference SD5815005650 (Lat/Lon 53.545803,-2.633068). You can see this on maps provided by:

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