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Lancashire Parishes in the 17th Century


The parishes of Lancashire in the late 17th century were a fragmented mishmash without apparent rationale. They varied widely in physical size and population. It is notable that the Parish of Manchester, for example, was considerably smaller than the parishes associated with lesser towns and districts of smaller size and population. Eccles parish was, at that time, equal in area to the Manchester parish, which appears on this period map as small and relatively unimportant.
Several parishes seem illogically distributed nowadays - for instance, who would think of linking Prestwich with Oldham, when they are not even in the same borough, nor ever were?
Several parishes were also physically split into different areas - Prestwich and Oldham is an example, as is Middleton and Walton on the Hill - these cover areas which are physically separated from each other with other parishes between.
Lancashire parishes also included many that are in areas no longer in the County of Lancashire - thanks largely to the redrawing of county and regional boundaries in 1973. The Cartmel and other South Lakeland parishes are now in Cumbria; Walton, Sefton and other nearby parishes are now in Merseyside.

Map of 17th Century Lancashire Parishes

Parishes of Lancashire in the 17th Century Parish of Kirby Ireleth Parish of Ulverston Parish of Pennington Parish of Urswick Parish of Aldingham Parish of Dalton Parish of Colton Parish of Cartmel Parish of Warton Parish of Whittington Parish of Tunstall Parish of Bolton-le-Sands Parish of Halton Parish of Claughton Parish of Melling Parish of Tatham Parish of Lancaster Parish of Cockerham Parish of Garstang Parish of St Michael on Wyre Parish of Poulton le Fylde Parish of Bispham Parish of Lytham Parish of Kirkham Parish of Preston Parish of Chipping Parish of Ribchester Parish of Blackburn Parish of Whalley Parish of Penwortham Parish of Brindle Parish of Leyland Parish of Croston Parish of North Moels Parish of Ormskirk Parish of Aughton Parish of Halsall Parish of Altcar Parish of Walton on the Hill Parish of Sefton Parish of Walton on the Hill Parish of Eccleston Parish of Standish Parish of Wigan Parish of Middleton Parish of Bolton Parish of Deane Parish of Bury Parish of Middleton Parish of Radcliffe Parish of Rochdale Parish of Prestwich & Oldham Parish of Ashton-under-Lyne Parish of Manchester Parish of Leigh Parish of Childwall Parish of Huyton Parish of Prescot Parish of Eccles Parish of Flixton
Map © John Moss, Papillon Graphics 2002 - all rights reserved.

Key to Old Lancashire Parishes


A Altcar M Middleton
AD Aldingham MG Melling
AU Aughton NM North Moels
B Brindle OR Ormskirk
BI Bispham P Pennington
BS Bolton-le-Sands PF Poulton-le-Fylde
C Claughton PO Prestwich & Oldham
CH Chipping PW Penwortham
CHI Childwell R Radcliffe
CK Cockerham RI Ribchester
CR Croston SE Sefton
DA Dalton SM St Michael on Wyre
DE Deane ST Standish
EC Eccleston TA Tatham
FL Flixton TU Tunstall
H Halton UR Urswick
HA Halsall UV Ulverston
HY Huyton WA Walton on the Hill
KI Kirby Ireleth WH Whittington
LE Leigh WT Warton
LY Lytham    

See also: Lancashire Parish Register Society

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This page last updated 22 Nov 11.