Whalley, Lancashire Family History

Whalley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Lancashire.

Other places in the parish include: Standen and Standen Hey, Twiston, Read, Wiswell, Bowland, Coldcoats, Nethertown, Henthorn, Little Bowland and Leagram, Little Mearley, Little Mitton, Mearley, and Great Mearley.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1538

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, General Baptist, Independent Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Inghamite, Particular Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Parishes adjacent to Whalley

  • Chipping
  • Newchurch in Pendle
  • Altham
  • Padiham
  • Downham
  • Gisburn
  • Langho
  • Heyhouses
  • Clitheroe St James
  • Chatburn
  • Mitton
  • Slaidburn
  • Whitewell
  • Mitton
  • Great Harwood
  • Pendleton Hall
  • Clitheroe

Historical Descriptions

Whalley

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Whalley, 3½ miles S. Clitheroe. P. 111,741

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

New Accrington

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Accrington (New), 3¾ miles E.S.E. Blackburn. P. 6908.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Accrington (New), a township in the parish of Whalley, hund. of Blackburn, union of Haslingden, county-palatine of Lancaster; 4 miles east from Blackburn, on the road to Burnley, and 224 from London. A National school was established here in 1806; and a new church in the early English style, with tower and spire, and capable of seating 1,600 persons, was built in 1838. There are also places of worship for Baptists, Wesleyan Methodists, and Swedenborgians. Pop., in 1801, 2,246; in 1831, 4,960. The increase in population is attributed to the extension of cotton manufactories. The Leeds and Liverpool canal passes on the north within a mile of the town. Houses 861. Acres 2,480. A. P. £4,097. Poor rates, in 1837, £599.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom Capper 1808

Acrington New, a hamlet in the township of Old Acrington, parish of Whalley, Lancaster; containing 149 houses and 831 inhabitants, 2 miles from Old Acrington.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Benjamin Pitts Capper. 1808.

Old Accrington

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Accrington (Old), 5 m. E. Blackburn. P. 1811.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Accrington (Old), a parochial chapelry usually included with New Accrington, under the general denomination of Accrington. Living, a perpetual curacy in the archd. and dio. of Chester; of the certified value of 15s., but returned to parliament at £120; gross income £178. Patron, the vicar of Whalley. The town is governed by a resident magistrate and two constables. It is chiefly inhabited by persons employed in the different spinning and calico-printing establishments. Pop., in 1801, 831; in 1831, 1,323. Houses 252. Acres 740. A. P. £1,511. Poor rates, in 1837, £170.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom Capper 1808

Acrington Old, a chapelry and township in the parish of Whalley, hundred of Blackburn, Lancashire, 4 miles from Haslingdon, and 206 from London; containing 353 houses and 2246 inhabitants, of whom 1352 were returned employed in trade and manufacture.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom. Benjamin Pitts Capper. 1808.

Administration

  • County: Lancashire
  • Civil Registration District: Clitheroe
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Manchester
  • Rural Deanery: Whalley
  • Poor Law Union: Clitheroe
  • Hundred: Blackburn
  • Province: York
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