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Like many parishes, St Bartholomew Westhoughton has records of baptisms, marriages  and  burials dating back several centuries.  These are  of great interest, particularly to local historians  and to those researcching family history and it is therefore important that such records  are stored in a safe and appropriate location.

All church records of baptisms, marraiges  and  burials are stored with the Manchester Diocesan Archive at the Local Studies Unit of Manchester's Central Library.  If you have any enquiry relating to such records, please contact the Local Studies Unit on 0161 219 2528 for information about access to reccords.

Enquirers might find it helpful to note  that the  burial ground adjacent to St Bartholomew's Church is Westhoughton Cemetery -  a Bolton Council owned cemetery - NOT St Bartholomew's Churchyard.  (The origninal St Bartholomew's churchyard, mostly sited on the School Street side of the  church, was closed many years  ago).   Again, the  church does not hold records for burials that have taken place  in the cemetery.  Enquiries regarding burials in this cemetery should be made to Bolton Council.