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Bacup, mun. bor., Rochdale and Whalley pars., Lancashire, 19¼ miles N. of Manchester by rail, 6400 ac., pop. 25,034; 1 Bank, 2 newspapers. Market, daily. The staple industries are cotton spinning and power-room weaving. In the neighbourhood are numerous coal-pits and vast stonequarries. Bacup was incorporated in 1882.

John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)

Archives and libraries

Bacup Library,
St James' Square,
OL13 9AH

Tel: 01706 873324


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Details about the census records, and indexes for Bacup.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Offices covering the Bacup area are Hyndburn & Rossendale, and Rochdale.

Description and Travel


David Greenhalgh has extracted entries from Pigot's 1828 Directory.


Ask for the gazetteer for a calculation of the distance from Bacup to another place.

Historical Geography

In 1835 Bacup was a chapelry in the township of Newchurch in Rossendale in the parish of Whalley.


View maps of Bacup and places within its boundaries.

Maps of Bacup East and West around 1890.

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Bacup was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.