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Lancashire 

Published in 1828, Pigot's Directory describes Lancashire as "A palatine and maritime county, in consequence eminently conspicuous as regards manufactures, and of immeasurable importance in its value to the revenue of this kingdom...

The climate of Lancashire is humid, yet is the air generally pure and salubrious; on the north and eastern boundaries, in the elevated regions, it is of course cold and piercing, but in the lower districts towards the south and west, it is in general mild and genial: and although the occupations of a great body of the inhabitants in the manufacturing districts may be supposed to be unfavourable to health, such is the influence of the climate, that as many old people are found in this county in proportion to the number of inhabitants as in most other parts of the kingdom..."

Under the heading of manufactures, "unless many pages were devoted to it, justice could not be done to the vast subject... The county has prospered by all fabrics produced from the fleece, the labours of the silk-worm, and the culture of flax, but more especially by the never-failing bounty of the cotton tree... Inkles, tapes, checks, woollens, flannels, baizes, linens, fine fabrics of cotton and hats, all rank amongst the manufactures of this county; besides silk, which of late years has increased to a prodigious importance. Calico printing, bleaching and dying are performed on a large scale; machine making, iron founding and paper making claim a considerable share of consequence; and the glass and earthenware manufacturing establishments are very numerous..."

 

Family History, Genealogy and Local History Research Information for Lancashire

Location
Directories
Resources
Population
Districts
Transcriptions
Size
Alternatives
Parishes, Towns and Places

 

Location Lancashire is situated in the north west of England. It is bordered on the north by Cumbria (formerly Cumberland and Westmorland), on the east by Yorkshire, on the south by Cheshire and Derbyshire and on the west by the Irish Sea.  
Population of Lancashire 
1801 672,731

1811 828,309
1821 1,052,948
1831 1,336,854
1841 1,667,054
1851 2,031,236
1861 2,429,440
1871 2,819,465
1881 3,454,441
1891 3,906,721
1901 4,387,043
1911 4,767,832
1921 4,927,484
1931 5,039,455
1951 5,117,853
1961 5,129,416
1971 5,118,423
1981 5,441,328
1991 5,287,081

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Size of Lancashire in acres

(boundary changes)

1831 1,117,260

1841 1,117,260
1851 1,219,221
1861 1,219,221
1871 1,207,926
1881 1,208,154
1891 1,202,726
1901 1,196,753
1911 1,194,919
1921 1,194,555
1931 1,200,122
1951 1,201,933
1961 1,201,850
1971 1,202,955
1981 1,236,048
1991 1,238,164

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Directories covering Lancashire 
1766 Gore's Directory of Liverpool
1791 Universal British Directory
1794 Scholes' Manchester & Salford Directory
1797 Scholes' Manchester & Salford Directory
1800 Manchester & Salford Directory
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Blackburn
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Bolton
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Lancaster
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Liverpool
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Manchester
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Preston
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Rochdale
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Stockport
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Warrington
1805-07 Holden's Triennial Directory - Wigan
1821-2 Pigot & Dean's New Directory of Manchester and Salford
1825 Baines' History, Directory and Gazeteer of Lancashire
1825 Gore's Liverpool Directory
1827 Gore's Directory of Liverpool
1828-9 Pigot's Directory of Lancashire
1829 Gore's Directory of Liverpool
1829 White's History, Directory & Gazetteer of Lancashire
1839 Robson's Directory of Birmingham, Sheffield etc.
1841 Pigot's Directoryof Lancashire
1841 Pigot & Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford
1847 Slater's Directories of Important English Towns
1849 White's History & Directory of Birmingham, etc.
1850 Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford
1851 Mannex History & Directory of Westmorland, etc.
1853 Whellan's Directory of Manchester & Salford
1853 Gore's Directory of Liverpool & its Environs
1854 Mannex History and Directory of Mid Lancashire
1859 Slater's Directory of Lancashire etc.
1863 Slater's Directory of Manchester and Salford
1876 Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford
1877-8 Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford
1879 Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford
1883 Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford
1886 Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford
1891 Worrall's Cotton Spinners & Manufacturers Directory
1894 Kelly's Directory of Liverpool & Birkenhead
1895 Slater's Manchester & Salford Directory
1896 General & Commercial Directory of Burnley etc.
1900 Gore's Directory of Liverpool & Birkenhead
1903 Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory
1909 Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory
1911 Slater's Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory
1912 Bulmer's History & Directory of Lancaster & District
1917 General & Commercial Directory of Preston

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Districts Lancashire was divided into six Hundreds: Amounderness, Blackburn, Leyland, Lonsdale, Salford and West Derby. In 1828 there were 66 parishes, 29 market towns and 442 townships.

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Alternatives Lancashire is abbreviated to Lancs.

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Resources for family history research in Lancashire 
1710-74 Inland Revenue Board of Stamps Apprenticeship Records
1787-1854 Trinity House Petitions Index
1841 Census - Lancashire
1842 Children's Employment Commission Report Part Two
1851 Census - Lancashire
1861 Census - Lancashire
1871 Census - Lancashire
1873 Return of Owners of Land
1881 Census - Lancashire
1891 Census - Lancashire
1895 Mackenzie's Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales
1901 Census - Lancashire
  Birth and Baptism Records
  Marriage Records
  Burial Records

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Transcriptions

Order a transcription from a Lancashire resource

Inland Revenue Board of Stamps Apprenticeship Records
1710 - 1719  
1720 - 1729  
1730 - 1739 Order a search of Apprentice records
1740 - 1749 for an ancestor's name
1750 - 1759  
1760 - 1774  
1710 - 1774 Whole period  
 
Census Returns      
1841   Order a census search Order a transcription of family household where reference given

Order a transcription of a village 

1851  
1861  
1871  
1881  
1891  
1901  
 
Lancashire Resources      
1623-1837 Church Records Order a transcription of entries for an ancestor's name  

 

1873 Landowners
 
Lancashire Directories  Order a transcription of entries for an ancestor's name Order a transcription of a village   
 
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials Transcription of entries for an ancestor's name

Transcription of a village

  Refer to individual parish

 Refer to individual parish

 
 

Village Profile

 

Order a Village Profile of a Lancashire village

 

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Parishes, Towns and Places
Is it in Lancashire

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A
Abram
Accrington
Adlington
Aigburth
Aighton
Ainsworth
Aintree
Aldcliffe
Aldingham
Alkrington
Allerton
Alston
Altcar
Altham
Ancoats
Anderton
Anfield
Angerton
Anglezarke
Ardwick
Arkholme with Cawood
Ashton 
Ashton on Ribble
Ashton with Stodday
Ashton-in-Makerfield
Ashton-under-Lyne
Ashworth
Aspull
Astley
Atherton
Aughton
Aughton By Ormskirk

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B
Bacup
Bailey
Balderstone By Blackburn
Bamber Bridge
Bamford
Barley with Wheatley Booth
Barnacre with Bonds
Barrow in Furness
Barrowford Booth
Barton
Barton on Irwell
Bedford
Beswick
Bickerstaffe
Billinge
Billington
Bilsborrow
Birch In Rusholme
Birkdale
Birtle cum Bamford
Bispham (Croston)
Bispham with Norbreck (Blackpool)
Blackburn
Blackley
Blackpool
Blackrod
Blatchinworth and Calderbrook
Blawith
Bleasdale
Bold
Bolton
Bolton-le-Moors
Bolton-le-Sands
Boothstown
Bootle and Linacre
Borwick
Bradford
Bradshaw
Breightmet
Bretherton
Briercliffe and Extwistle
Brierfield
Brindle
Brinscall
Broughton (Preston)
Broughton (Salford)
Broughton East
Broughton in Furness
Bryning with Kellamergh
Bulk
Burnage
Burnley
Burrow with Burrow
Burscough
Burtonwood
Bury
Butterworth

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C
Cabus
Cadishead
Calderbrook
Cantsfield
Carleton
Carnforth
Cartmel
Cartmel Fell
Castleton
Caton
Catterall
Chadderton
Chaigley
Charnock Richard
Chatburn
Cheetham
Childwall
Chipping
Chorley
Chorlton on Medlock
Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Chowbent
Church Kirk
Claife
Claughton Near Lancaster
Claughton On Brock
Clayton le Dale
Clayton le Moors
Clayton le Woods
Cleveley
Clifton
Clifton with Salwick
Clitheroe
Cliviger
Cockerham
Cockersand Abbey
Colne
Colton
Coniston
Copp
Coppull
Cottam
Cowpe, Lench, Newhall Hey, Hall Carr
Croft with Southworth
Crompton
Cronton
Crosby
Croston
Croxteth Park
Crumpsall
Cuerdale
Cuerden
Cuerdley
Culcheth By Winwick

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D
Dalton (Burton in Kendal)
Dalton (Wigan)
Dalton-in-Furness
Darcy Lever
Deane By Bolton
Dendron
Denton
Didsbury
Dilworth
Dinckley
Ditton
Down Litherland
Downham
Downholland
Droylsden
Dunnockshaw
Dutton
Duxbury

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E
Eccles
Eccleshill
Eccleston By Chorley
Eccleston With Douglas
Edenfield
Edge Hill
Edgworth
Egton with Newland
Ellel
Ellenbrook
Elston
Elswick
Elton
Entwistle
Euxton
Everton

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F
Failsworth
Farington
Farleton
Farnworth (Deane)
Farnworth (Widnes)
Fazakerley
Fence
Feniscowles
Fernyhalgh
Finsthwaite
Fishwick
Fleetwood
Flixton
Formby
Forton
Foulridge
Freckleton
Friarmere
Fulwood

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G
Gannow
Garstang
Garston
Gateacre
Golborne
Goodshaw
Goosnargh
Gorton
Great and Little Marsden
Great Bolton
Great Crosby
Great Eccleston
Great Harwood
Great Heaton
Great Lever
Great Sankey
Greenhalgh
Gressingham
Grimsargh with Brockholes

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H
Habergham Eaves
Haigh
Haighton
Hale
Halewood
Halliwell
Halsall
Halton
Halton
Hambleton
Hapton
Hardhorn with Newton
Harpurhey
Harwood
Haslingden
Haughton
Hawkshead
Haydock
Heap
Heapey
Heath Charnock
Heaton
Heaton Norris
Heaton with Oxcliffe
Henheads
Hesketh with Becconsall
Heskin
Hey
Heyhouses
Heysham
Heywood
Higham
Higher Booths
Hindley
Hoghton
Holcombe
Holleth
Hollinfare
Hollinwood
Holme in Cliviger
Hoole
Hopwood
Hornby
Horwich
Hothersall
Houghton Middleton and Arbury
Howick
Hulme
Huncoat
Hurstwood
Hutton
Huyton By Roby

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I
Ightenhill Park
Ince Blundell
Ince in Makerfield
Ingol
Inskip
Ireby
Ireleth
Irlam

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K
Kearsley
Kenyon
Kirkby
Kirkby Ireleth
Kirkdale
Kirkham
Kirkland
Kirkmanshulme
Knotty Ash
Knowsley

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L
Lamberhead Green
Lancaster
Langho
Langtree
Larbreck
Lathom
Layton with Warbreck
Lea By Kirkham
Leagram
Leck
Lees
Leigh
Levenshulme
Leyland
Lindale
Little Bolton
Little Bowland
Little Crosby
Little Eccleston
Little Harwood
Little Heaton
Little Hoole
Little Hulton
Little Lever
Little Woolton
Littleborough
Liverpool
Livesey
Longridge
Longton
Longworth
Lostock
Lower Allithwaite
Lower Booths
Lower Darwen
Lower Holker
Lowick
Lowton
Lund
Lunt
Lydiate
Lytham

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M
Maghull
Manchester
Mansriggs
Martincroft
Marton
Mawdesley
Mearley
Medlar with Wesham
Melling in Halsall
Melling in Lonsdale
Mellor
Mereclough
Middle Hulton
Middleton
Middleton (Lancaster)
Milnrow
Mitton
Monk Coniston
Moss Side
Mossley
Moston
Much Hoole
Much Woolton
Musbury
Myerscough

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N
Nateby
Nether Kellet
Nether Wyresdale
Netherton
Newchurch in Culcheth
Newchurch in Pendle
Newchurch in Rossendale
Newchurch Kenyon
Newsham
Newton Heath
Newton in Makerfield
Newton with Scales
North Meols

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O
Old Accrington
Old Laund
Oldham
Openshaw
Ormskirk
Orrell (Sefton)
Orrell (Wigan)
Osbaldeston
Osmotherley
Oswaldtwistle
Out Rawcliffe
Outwood
Over Darwen
Over Hulton
Over Kellet
Over Wyresdale
Overton

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P
Padiham
Parbold
Parr
Peel By Bolton
Pemberton
Pendlebury
Pendleton (near Clitheroe)
Pendleton By Salford
Penketh
Pennington
Pennington in Furness
Penwortham
Pilkington
Pilling
Pilsworth
Pleasington
Poulton Le Fylde
Poulton Le Sands
Poulton with Fearnhead
Preesall with Hackensall
Prescot
Preston
Prestwich
Priest Hutton

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Q
Quarlton
Quernmore

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R
Radcliffe
Radcliffe Bridge
Rainford
Rainhill
Rakefoot
Rampside
Ramsbottom
Ramsgreave
Rawtenstall
Read
Reddish
Reedley Hallows
Ribbleton
Ribby with Wrea
Ribchester
Ringley
Rishton
Rivington
Rixton with Glazebrook
Rochdale
Roeburndale
Roseacre
Rossendale Forest
Roughlee Booth
Royton
Rufford
Rumworth
Rusholme

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S
Sabden
Saint Annes On The Sea
Saint Helens
Saint Michael On Wyre
Salesbury
Salford
Samlesbury
Satterthwaite
Scales
Scarisbrick
Scorton
Scotforth
Seaforth
Seathwaite
Sefton
Sharples
Shaw
Shevington
Shireshead
Silverdale
Simonstone
Simonswood
Singleton
Skelmersdale
Skelwith
Skerton
Slyne with Hest
Southport
Southworth
Sowerby
Speke
Spotland
Stainall
Stalmine
Stalybridge
Stand
Standish
Stanley
Staveley
Stretford
Subberthwaite
Sutton
Swinton

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T
Tarbock
Tarleton
Tarporley
Tatham
Tatham Fells
Thornham
Thornley with Wheatley
Thornton (Poulton le Fylde)
Thornton (Sefton)
Thurnham
Tockholes
Todmorden
Tonge
Tonge with Haulgh
Torver
Tottington Higher End
Tottington Lower End
Toxteth Park
Trawden
Treales
Tunstall
Turton
Twiston
Tyldesley By Leigh
Tyldesley with Shakerley

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U
Ulnes Walton
Ulverston
Unsworth
Upholland
Upper Allithwaite
Upper Holker
Upper Rawcliffe
Urmston
Urswick

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W
Walmersley
Walmsley
Walney
Walsden
Walton on the Hill
Walton-le-Dale
Wardle
Wardleworth
Warrington
Warton (Carnforth)
Warton (Kirkham)
Wavertree
Weeton with Preese
Welch Whittle
Wennington
Wesham
West Close Booth
West Derby
West Leigh
Westby with Plumpton
Westhoughton
Whalley
Wharles
Wheatley Carr
Wheelton
Whiston
Whitechapel
Whittingham
Whittington
Whittle le Woods
Whitworth
Widnes
Wigan
Wilpshire
Windle (St. Helens)
Winmarleigh
Winstanley
Winwick with Hulme
Wiswell
Withington
Withnell
Witton
Woodland
Woodplumpton
Woolston
Worsley
Worsthorne
Worston
Worthington
Wray with Botton
Wrightington

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Y
Yate with Pickup Bank
Yealand Conyers
Yealand Redmayne

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