Whalley, Lancashire & Yorkshire Family History Guide

St Mary's and All Saints Church, Whalley
St Mary’s and All Saints Church, Whalley. Alexander P Kapp / St Mary’s and All Saints Church, Whalley / CC BY-SA 2.0

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


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WHALLEY, a village, a township, and a sub-district, in Clitheroe district, and a parish partly also in Blackburn, Haslingden, and Burnley districts, chiefly in Lancashire, but partly also in W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Calder, and on the Clitheroe railway, 3¾ miles S by W of Clitheroe; is a polling place; and has a post-office‡ under Blackburn, a r. station with telegraph and a hotel. The township comprises 1,890 acres. Real property, £4,107. Pop. in 1851, 945; in 1861, 806. Houses, 163. The decrease of pop. arose from discontinuance of employment in print-works. The manor belongs to J. Taylor, Esq. Moreton Hall is the seat of J. Taylor, Esq., and Clerk Hill, of the Whalleys. A Cistertian abbey was founded here in 1296; was purchased, at the dissolution, by the Asshetons and the Braddylls; and has left splendid ruins in early, decorated, and later English architecture. The sub-district contains four townships of W. parish and one of Mitton. Acres, 9,000. Pop., 2,963. Houses, 605. The parish contains forty-eight townships in Lancashire and one in Yorkshire; and is ecclesiastically cut into the sections of Whalley-St. Mary, Accrington, A.-Christchurch, A.-St. John, Altham, Bacup, B.-Christchurch, B.-St. Saviour, Briercliffe, Burnley, B.-St. James, B.-St. Paul, B. -St. Andrew, Chatburn, Church-Kirk, C.-K.-St. Paul, Clayton-le-Moors, Clitheroe, C.-St. James, Colne, C.-Christchurch, C.-Barrowford, Downham, Fence-in-Pendle, Goodshaw, Habergham-Eaves, H.-All Saints, Haslingden, Heyhouses, Holme, Lumb, Great Marsden, Little Marsden, Newchurch-in-Pendle, Newchurch-in-Rossendale, Tunstead, Oswaldtwistle, Padiham, Rawtenstall, Trawden, Whitewell, and Worsthorne. Acres, 105,249. Pop. in 1851, 134,196; in 1861, 167,456. Houses, 32,094. The living of W.-St. Mary is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £310. Patrons, Hulme’s Trustees, The church is ancient, and was repaired in 1855. Three ancient crosses are in the churchyard. There are a Wesleyan chapel, an endowed grammar-school with £51 a year and with a share of scholarships at Oxford, a national school, and charities £63. The other livings are noticed in their own several places.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

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.

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  • 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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