Ormskirk Genealogical Records

Ormskirk Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Lathom, Ormskirk Baptism Records (1850-1911)

Baptism registers record the baptism of those born in and around Lathom, Ormskirk and were subsequently baptised in an Anglican place of worship. They are the primary source of birth details before 1837, though are useful to the present. Records can include name of child, parents' names, residence, occupations and more.

St John Burscough Bridge, Ormskirk Baptism Records (1850-1911)

Name index attached to original images of the baptism registers of St John Burscough Bridge, Ormskirk. Records document parents' names, date of baptism and/or birth, residence, occupations and more.

St Peter & St Paul, Ormskirk Baptism Records (1840-1899)

Baptism registers document the baptism and sometimes birth of people in and around St Peter & St Paul, Ormskirk. They list parents' names - their occupations, residence and sometimes other details.

Ormskirk Baptism Records (1813-1859)

Baptisms records for children living in and around Ormskirk, detail the names of their parents - their occupations and residence from 1813 to 1859.

Ormskirk Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St John Burscough Bridge, Ormskirk Marriage Records (1840-1936)

The Marriage registers of St John Burscough Bridge, Ormskirk, document marriages 1840 to 1936. Details given on the bride and groom may include their age, father's name, marital status and residence.

Ormskirk Marriage Records (1754-1919)

Marriage registers are the primary source for marital documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They typically the record marital status and residence of the bride and groom.

Ormskirk Marriage Records (1550-1812)

The Marriage registers of Ormskirk, document marriages 1550 to 1812. Details given on the bride and groom may include their age, father's name, marital status, residence and signature.

Ormskirk Marriage Records (1557-1676)

A searchable transcript of the marriage registers of Ormskirk. Church marriage registers are the primary source for pre-1837 marriages. They may record the bride and groom's residence, the groom's occupation, parents' names, marital status and witnesses.

Ormskirk Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St John Burscough Bridge, Ormskirk Burial Records (1840-1929)

Burial records for people buried at St John Burscough Bridge, Ormskirk, detail the deceased's name, residence and age from 1840 to 1929.

Ormskirk Burial Records (1813-1909)

Burial registers record burials that occurred at Ormskirk. They are the primary source documenting deaths before 1837, though are useful to the present. Details given may include the deceased's name, residence, age, names of relations, cause of death and more.

Ormskirk Burial Records (1550-1812)

Burial registers record burials that occurred at Ormskirk. They are the primary source documenting deaths before 1837, though are useful to the present. Details given may include the deceased's name, residence, age, names of relations, cause of death and more.

Ormskirk Burial Records (1557-1626)

A searchable transcript of burials in the churchyard of Ormskirk. These records essentially record deaths in and around Ormskirk between 1557 and 1626.

Ormskirk Church Records

Ormskirk Parish Registers (1550-1936)

Prior to civil registration in 1837, the parish registers of Ormskirk are the most common place to turn for details on births, marriages and deaths.

Ormskirk Parish Registers (1557-1687)

The parish registers of Ormskirk are a collection of books documenting baptisms, marriages and burials from 1557 to 1687.

Ormskirk Parish Registers (1557-1626)

The parish registers of Ormskirk are a collection of books essentially documenting births, marriages and deaths. Their records can assist tracing a family as far back as 1557.

Diocese of Chester Parish Registers (1538-1911)

Digital images of registers that record baptisms, which typically occur shortly after birth; marriages and burials. The registers can be searched by name and can help establish links between individuals back to the 16th century.

Cheshire Clergy List (1541-1542)

A list of 16th century Anglican clergy in the Diocese of Chester.

Ormskirk Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Lancashire Lay Subsidy (1332)

A tax list of wealthier Lancashire residents.

Lancashire Lay Subsidies (1216-1307)

Two lay subsidies from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Lancashire Chartist Land Plan (1842-1848)

A history of the Chartist Cooperative Land Society, which aimed to settle chartists on smallholdings. Also includes a list of over 5,000 chartist sympathizers in Lancashire.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Ormskirk Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Chester Diocese Probate Images & Index (1492-1857)

A searchable index of testators connected to original images of their will and any probate documents. These records can help trace your Cheshire ancestors back to the 15th century.

Chester Diocese Probate, Admons & Depositions (1487-1620)

A calendar of probate, admon and testamentary depositions from Chester Diocese. The latter, deposition, are sworn statements at testamentary trials.

York Peculiar Probate Records (1383-1883)

Digital images, indexed by testor's name, of 28,716 wills, administrations, inventories and other probate documents. The records can shed light on an individual’s relations, possessions, land holdings, legal agreements and more. They cover various jurisdictions throughout the north of England.

York Prerogative & Exchequer Court Probate Index (1688-1858)

An index to 263,822 wills, administrations and other probate documents proved by an ecclesiastical court in York. The index included the testor's name, residence, year of probate, type of document and reference to order copies of the referenced document(s.).

Newspapers Covering Ormskirk

Liverpool Evening Express (1914)

A searchable newspaper providing a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Liverpool district. Includes obituaries and family announcements.

Liverpool Echo (1879-1918)

A local newspaper including news from the Liverpool area, family announcements, business notices, advertisements, legal & governmental proceedings and more.

Liverpool Courier and Commercial Advertiser (1870)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering regional news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Liverpool area.

Bolton Evening News (1869)

A searchable newspaper providing a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Bolton le Moors district. Includes obituaries and family announcements.

Liverpool Daily Post (1855-1869)

A record of births, marriages, deaths, legal, political, organisation and other news from the Liverpool area. Original pages of the newspaper can be viewed and located by a full text search.

Ormskirk Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Ormskirk Cemeteries

Lancashire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Lancashire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribed memorials remembering those connected with the nautical occupations.

Ormskirk Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Lancashire (1924)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Bulmer's Lancashire and District Directory (1912)

Historical & topographical descriptions of Lancashire, supplemented with lists of the area's leading private, commercial and official persons.

Kelly's Directory of Lancashire (1905)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Lancashire (1895)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Slater's Directory of Lancashire (1869)

Historical and contemporary descriptions of settlements, detailing their governance, churches, schools etc.; to which is appended lists of residents, with their occupations.

Manchester Prison Registers (1847-1881)

A name index linked to original images of over 250,000 Manchester prison records. Records contain details on the convict's birth, appearance, crime and more.

Lancashire Final Concords (1189-1558)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Lancashire Assize Rolls (1176-1268)

Early legal records, largely covering serious cases refereed by lower courts. Many entries record transfers and disputes relating to land.

Lancashire Inquisitions post Mortem (1606-1625)

Transcripts of records created on the death of a direct tenant of the monarch to asses their Lancashire land-holdings. Contains much useful genealogical information.

Duchy Court of Lancaster Pleadings & Depositions (1547-1558)

Pleas heard before the Duchy Court of Lancaster relating to a number of matters, including criminal and land disputes. Contains depositions, which list the age and residence of many people.

Ormskirk Taxation Records

Lancashire Lay Subsidy (1332)

A tax list of wealthier Lancashire residents.

Lancashire Lay Subsidies (1216-1307)

Two lay subsidies from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Tithe Apportionments (1836-1856)

An index to 11,000,000 parcels of land and property, connected to digital images of registers that record their owner, occupier, description, agricultural use, size and rateable value.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Ormskirk Land & Property Records

Lancashire Final Concords (1189-1558)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Lancashire Assize Rolls (1176-1268)

Early legal records, largely covering serious cases refereed by lower courts. Many entries record transfers and disputes relating to land.

Lancashire Inquisitions post Mortem (1606-1625)

Transcripts of records created on the death of a direct tenant of the monarch to asses their Lancashire land-holdings. Contains much useful genealogical information.

Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral Certificates (1600-1678)

Transcripts of records that detail the lives and lands of Cheshire and Lancashire landholders.

A Calendar of the Norris Deeds (1100-1499)

Deeds from the Norris family of Speak.

Ormskirk Occupation & Business Records

Prestwich Asylum Admissions (1851-1901)

Abstracts of over 20,000 admissions to an insane asylum.

Smuggling on the West Coast (1690-1867)

An introduction to smuggling on the west coast of Britain & the Isle of Man, with details of the act in various regions.

Lancashire Coal Mining (1853-1968)

Articles on coal mining in Lancashire, including details of disasters and a list of mines.

Lancashire Police Officers (1840-1925)

An index to police officers mentioned in records held by Lancashire record Office.

History of Policing in Lancashire (600-1990)

A brief history of policing in the county from Saxon times. Includes extensive details on police uniforms.

Ormskirk School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

National School Admission & Log Books (1870-1914)

A name index connected to digital images of registers recording millions of children educated in schools operated by the National Society for Promoting Religious Education. Records contain a variety of information including genealogical details, education history, illnesses, exam result, fathers occupation and more.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Ormskirk

Victoria County History: Lancashire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Ormskirk Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Lancashire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Cheshire and Lancashire Funeral Certificates (1600-1678)

Transcripts of records that detail the lives and lands of Cheshire and Lancashire landholders.

Lancashire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Lancashire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Ormskirk Military Records

The Story of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division (1914-1918)

A history of a Lancashire division's WWI campaigns.

The 42nd (East Lancashire) Division (1914-1918)

A record of the division's movements in WWI.

Roll of Officers of the York and Lancaster Regiment (1756-1884)

Lists of officers by rank, regiment and name.

Old County Regiment of Lancashire Militia History (1689-1888)

A general history of the militia, including lists of officers from various periods.

Lancashire Militia Roll of Officers (1642-1889)

Brief biographies of Officers of the Lancashire Militia, includes date of birth, appointments, promotions and other details.

Ormskirk Immigration & Travel Records

Lancashire Vagrant Passes (1801-1835)

Records of around 40,000 people and their families who were forcibly moved from one parish to another. Contains many Irish individuals.

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Ormskirk Histories & Books

Lancashire & Cheshire History and Genealogy (1110-1879)

Extracts from a vast array of historical documents giving details on thousands of individuals connected to the history of Lancashire.

Victoria County History: Lancashire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Lancashire and Cheshire, Past and Present (370-1867)

A history of two Northern counties from the Germanic invasion to the Victorian period.

Lancashire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Lancashire.

Lancashire Chartist Land Plan (1842-1848)

A history of the Chartist Cooperative Land Society, which aimed to settle chartists on smallholdings. Also includes a list of over 5,000 chartist sympathizers in Lancashire.

Biographical Directories Covering Ormskirk

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Ormskirk Maps

Maps of Lancashire (1579-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

Tithe Apportionments (1836-1856)

An index to 11,000,000 parcels of land and property, connected to digital images of registers that record their owner, occupier, description, agricultural use, size and rateable value.

Parish Maps of Britain (1832)

Maps of parishes in England, Scotland and Wales. They are useful in determining which parish records may be relevant to your research.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Ormskirk Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Ormskirk Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

ORMSKIRK is an ancient market and union town, parish, township, head of a county court district and petty sessional division, on the old road between Liverpool and Preston, with a station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 29 ¾ miles from Accrington, 23 ½ from Blackburn, 43 ¾ from Bacup, 31 from Bury, 44 ¾ from Burnley, 40 ¼ from Colne, 32 ¼ from Haslingden, 12 ¼ from Liverpool, 78 from Leeds, 32 from Manchester, 16 ½ from Preston, 10 ¾ from Southport and 12 from Wigan, and it is in the Ormskirk division of the county, West Derby hundred, rural deanery of Ormskirk and archdeaconry and diocese of Liverpool. The parish is divided into six townships, viz.: Bickerstaffe, Burscough, Lathom, Ormskirk, Scarisbrick and Skelmersdale.

The parish of Ormskirk was constituted a Local Government district under the”Public Health Act, 1818,” July 16, 1850, but under the “Local Government Act, 1894,” it is now governed by an Urban District Council: it is well supplied with gas from works, in Aughton street, established in 1833, by a local company. The water supply is under the management of the District Council.

The church of SS. Peter and Paul is a spacious edifice of stone in various styles, chiefly Perpendicular, consisting of chancel, nave, three aisles, south porch, several mortuary chapels, and a massive embattled tower at the west end of the nave, 33 feet square and 84 feet in height, with 8 small pinnacles, and containing a clock and 8 bells, and a low octagonal tower, rising from a square lower storey, at the west end of the south aisle, with a spire reaching a height of about 25 feet above the summit of the other tower, an arrangement which is unique; the chancel retains an Early Norman window: the aisles are modern and chiefly in the Late Perpendicular style: the fine organ was presented by Mrs. Brookes, of Astley House, near Chorley, who endowed the organ with £300 in 1731; this organ has been rebuilt and enlarged at a cost of nearly £2,000: south-east of the chancel is the Derby chapel, beneath which is a vault where nearly every member of the noble house of Stanley who may have died at Lathom or Knows ley (besides others) has been burled since the dissolution of Burscough Priory, which had previously been the family burying place and from which many remains were removed to this church; the vault has, however, been closed since 1851: in this chapel are mutilated recumbent full-length figures in marble, supposed to represent Thomas Stanley, the first Earl of Derby, ob. 1504, and the Lady Margaret Beaufort, his wife, widow of Edmund, Earl of Richmond, and mother of King Henry VII.: there are also here two similar effigies, removed from the Bickerstaffe chapel, of Thomas, second earl, Lord of Man and the Isles, ob. 1522, and Anne (Hastings) his countess: at the west end of this chapel is the Eccleston, or Scarisbrick chapel, restored by the late Lady Scarisbrick and completed by her son-in-law and daughter, the Marquis and Marchloness de Casteja; the work being carried out by Messrs, Pugln and Pugln, architects: in the chapel is a mural brass with effigy of a knight in armour, said to represent James Scarisbrick, temp, Henry VII. believed to be the donor of the great bell of this church A.D. 1497, brought traditionally from Burscough Priory; here also are two line memorial windows: on the north side of the nave is the Bickerstaffe chapel. The church has been completely restored, at a cost, including the organ, of £20,000, and reseated with massive oak seats. The Derby chapel was also restored by the late Earl of Derby K.G. new vestries erected and two memorial windows inserted, one by Mrs. Pemberton Heywood, the other by Mrs. Shawe, of Assnall House, Scarisbrick, to her husband. There are sittings for 1,500 persons, all free. The churchyard was enlarged in 1896, the ground being given by the Earl of Derby. The registers date from 1657 and are in very good condition. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £300, including 9 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Earl of Derby K.G., G.C.B., P.C. and held since 1884 by the Rev. John Edwin Woodrow, of St. Aidans, surrogate, and chaplain to Ormskirk Union.

The Catholic church, in Prescot road, is dedicated to St. Anne.

The Wesleyan chapel, Derby street, built in 1878 from the designs of Mr. Peter Balmer, architect, of Ormskirk, is in the Early Decorated style, and will seat 700 persons. In the rear is a minister’s vestry and a large lecture room.

The Congregational church, a plain brick building, erected in 1828, has sittings for 400; it was reseated and restored in 1881.

The court room, magistrates’ rooms and police offices are in Derby street, adjoining which is the Savings Bank.

The Working Men’s institute, erected in 1867, at a cost of about £2,000, is a large brick building, designed by Mr. R. Downes, architect, of Loudon, and contains a library of 320 volumes, coffee rooms, baths, club, billiard, reading rooms and a large concert room capable of seating 800 persons, and has a bowling green attached: admission is partly free.

The Corn Exchange, in Moor street, was erected in 1896, from designs by Mr. John Riding, architect, and the buildings include a room capable of holding 300 persons, and let for public meetings and entertainments. The Corn Exchange Room is open on market days and on such other days as the subscribers may decide.

Thursday is the market day.

Fairs are held for cattle on Whit Monday and (horses) Tuesday and the second Tuesday and Wednesday in September annually.

Rope and twine making is carried on and there are a few small breweries.

The infectious Diseases Hospital and Steam Disinfecting Station, situated in Green lane, was erected in 1894 at a cost of £5,000; it contains four wards, and there is accommodation for eight patients and two nurses.

At the end of Moor street is a life-size statue of the late Earl of Beaconsfield in Portland stone, by H. T. Margetson, sculptor, of Chelsea, erected in 1884, at a cost of £250; and in 1876 a tower, with clock, was erected at the cross by the Earl of Derby’s court leet, assisted by contributions.

The Public Pleasure Grounds, St. Helens road, were laid out at a cost of about £760, on land given to the town by the late Earl of Derby. The grounds were opened on September 12th, 1894, by the Countess of Derby.

The Earl of Derby K.G., G.C.B., P.C. is lord of the manor and chief landowner.

The soil is chiefly mossy and sandy and the subsoil sand and clay.

The parish and Urban District contains 573 acres of land, and 1 of water; rateable value, £30,903; the population in 1001 was 6,857, including 18 officers and 329 inmates in the workhouse and 50 in the workhouse schools.

The population of the Urban District wards in 1001 was: Aughton, 1,541; Knowsley, 2,084; Latham, 1,653 & Scarisbrick, 1,579.

The population of the ecclesiastical parish in 1901 was 8,462.

Petty Sessions are held on the first Friday in every month at the Police Court, Derby street. The following places are included in the petty sessional division:-Aughton, Bickerstaffe, Burscough, Downholland, Halsall, Lathom, Lydiate, Maghull, Melling, Ormskirk, Scarisbrick, Simonswood & Skelmersdale.

ORMSKIRK UNION

Board day, every alternate thursday, at the Workhouse, at 10.30 a.m.

Ormskirk Union comprises twenty-three townships, viz.:-Ainsdale, Altcar, Aughton, Bickerstaffe, Birkdale, Bispham, Burcough, Downholland, Formby, Halsall, Hesketh-with-Becconsall, Lathom, Lydiate, Maghull, Melling, North Meols, Ormskirk, Rufford, Scarisbrick, Simonswood, Skelmersdale. South & Tarleton. The area of the union is 93,070 acres; , rateable value, £797,084; the population in 1901 was 108,594.

The Workhouse, in Wigan road, is a spacious block of brick buildings & cost about £20,000, & will hold 420 inmates; a mortuary chamber & infectious diseases hospital have also been built, at a cost of about £5,000; new schools were erected in 1885, at a cost of about £10,000.

PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of Services

SS. Peter & Paul’s Church, Church street, Rev. John Edwin Woodrow, vicar; Rev. Ernest Daniel Jordan B.A. curate; 10.30 a.m. & 8.30 p.m.; daily, 10.30 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m.

Catholic (St. Anne’s), Prescot road, Right Rev. Charles Oswald O’Neill O.S.B, (abbot), Rev. James Romauld Riley O.S.B. Rev. Francis Alphonsus Webb O.S.B. & Rev. Arthur Augustine Egerton O.S.B, priests; 7.30, 8.30 & 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; daily, 8 & 8.30 a.m.; Wed. & Fri. 7.30 p.m.

Congregational, Chapel street, 10.30 a.m.& 6.30 p.m.

Wesleyan, Derby street, Rev. Michael Westcombe (supt.); Rev. Stephen P. Harvard, supernumerary; 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Wed. 7.30 p.m.

Railway Mission, Derby street; Tues. 7.30 p.m.

SCHOOLS

Grammar, Ruff lane, was founded in the year 1613, under the will of Henry Asoroft, with a yearly endowment of £75, the master receiving £70 yearly & a capitation grant, with a house & garden; it is now a secondary school, & was enlarged in 1904 from designs by Mr. Frank Rimington, architect, of Liverpool, for 125 to 150 boys & girls; the buildings comprise a large assembly hall, class rooms, art & music rooms, laboratories & teachers’ rooms; there are 3 entrance scholarships, awarded annually in September; the school is also a pupil teachers’ centre for the district; the management is vested in a body of governors, of whom the Earl of Lathom is chairman; James R. Bate B.A., B.Sc, of Liverpool University, headmaster; assistants, Miss Pope, A. H. Craven B.A. & P. C. Green B.A.

Elementary Education Sub-Committee (Area No. 16).

Clerk, Alfred Dickinson, Railway road.

Attendance Officers, David Cundliff, Maghull; Thomas Lea, Ormskirk & James Draper, Skelmersdale.

United Charity, Aughton street, for 350 boys; average attendance, 325; (girls & infants), Derby street, erected by voluntary contributions; it will hold 1,000 scholars; average attendance, 300 girls & 335 infants.

Catholic (mixed & infants), Hants lane, built in 1872 & enlarged in 1901, for 500 children; average attendance, 360.

Kelly's Directory of Lancashire (1905)

Surnames Found in Ormskirk

RankSurnameIncidenceFrequency
1Winrow104 1:69
2Johnson95 1:76
3Moran93 1:77
4Wright73 1:99
4Rothwell73 1:99
6Forshaw67 1:107
7Lea66 1:109
7Culshaw66 1:109
9Ashcroft65 1:111
10Jones62 1:116
11Smith60 1:120
11Howard60 1:120
11Ball60 1:120
14Walsh54 1:133
15Harrison53 1:136
16Taylor49 1:147
16Spencer49 1:147
16Gibbons49 1:147
16Crompton49 1:147
20Woods46 1:156
21Banks45 1:160
22Mawdsley44 1:163
23Rimmer41 1:175
24Ashton39 1:184
24Orritt39 1:184
26Bimpson37 1:194
27Lyon36 1:200
28Rigby35 1:205
29Melia33 1:218
30Robinson31 1:232
30Jackson31 1:232
30Whittle31 1:232
30Fyles31 1:232
34Draper30 1:240
34Blundell30 1:240
34Lavelle30 1:240
37Hale28 1:257
38Brown27 1:266
38Gregory27 1:266
40McDonough26 1:277
41Wilson25 1:288
41Snape25 1:288
41Molyneux25 1:288
41Eastham25 1:288
41Martland25 1:288
41Huyton25 1:288
47Berkley24 1:300
47Gobin24 1:300
49Almond23 1:313
49Peet23 1:313
49Balshaw23 1:313
52Kelly22 1:327
52Prescott22 1:327
52Gerrard22 1:327
52Westhead22 1:327
52Kerrigan22 1:327
57Fletcher21 1:342
57Yates21 1:342
57Moss21 1:342
57Sumner21 1:342
57Pennington21 1:342
57Wilding21 1:342
57Higham21 1:342
64Walker20 1:360
64Casey20 1:360
64Cave20 1:360
67Hughes19 1:379
67Burns19 1:379
67Heaton19 1:379
67Flynn19 1:379
67Roughley19 1:379
72Lee18 1:400
72Freeman18 1:400
72Baldwin18 1:400
72Swift18 1:400
72Leatherbarrow18 1:400
72Boylan18 1:400
78Davies17 1:423
78Murray17 1:423
78Armstrong17 1:423
78Connor17 1:423
78Wainwright17 1:423
78Anderton17 1:423
78Riding17 1:423
78Moorcroft17 1:423
78Brighouse17 1:423
78Ormesher17 1:423
88Green16 1:450
88Holland16 1:450
88Clayton16 1:450
88Lamb16 1:450
88Hewitt16 1:450
88Morley16 1:450
88Joyce16 1:450
88Hignett16 1:450
88Aspinwall16 1:450
88Martlew16 1:450
98Hunter15 1:479
98Berry15 1:479
98Glover15 1:479