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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



Details about the census records, and indexes for Bacup.

Church History

Church Records

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bacup area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Bacup which are provided by:


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.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD868231 (Lat/Lon: 53.704157, -2.201439), Bacup which are provided by:

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.


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.