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StatusEcclesiastical parish
 • HQSt Mary's, Christ Church
 • TypeTownships

Manchester was an ancient ecclesiastical parish of the hundred of Salford, in Lancashire, England. It encompassed several townships and chapelries, including the then township of Manchester (now Manchester city centre). Other townships are now parts of the Anglican Diocese of Manchester and/or Greater Manchester.

In the Domesday Book the parish of Manchester is recorded as including St Michael's Church in Ashton-under-Lyne as well as the mother church of St Mary's in Manchester. Although by the 13th century Ashton had formed its own separate parish, the advowson was held by Manchester as late as 1458.[1]


In 1866 the townships became recognised as separate civil parishes. Part, but not all, of this area was in the municipal borough of Manchester, which expanded with the decades. In 1896 the parishes of the City of Manchester outside the remaining Manchester parish were re-organised as North Manchester and South Manchester parishes, which were themselves re-organised as a single civil parish of Manchester in 1916, while the parishes in the county borough of Salford were united as a single civil parish in 1919.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Tupling, G. H. (1962). "Medieval and early modern Manchester". In Carter, C. F. (ed.). Manchester and Its Region. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 115. OCLC 16772259. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  2. ^ F A Youngs Jr., Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.II, Northern England, London, 1991