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Blackpool.-- mun. bor. and seaport town, N. Lancashire, 17½ miles NW. of Preston and 227 miles from London by rail, 2952 ac., pop. 14,229; 3 Banks, 4 newspapers; is a much-frequented watering-place, possessing fine sands, 2 handsome piers with large concert pavilion, aquarium, and pleasure gardens. B. was created a mun. bor. in 1876.

John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)

Archives and libraries

Blackpool Central Library,
Queen Street,


Monumental inscriptions for the parish church, St John (which no longer has a graveyard), Holy Trinity, and the Bethesda Chapel have been published by the LFH&HS.


Details about the census records, and indexes for Blackpool.

Church History

Churches in 1918 from the Blackpool Gazette News Year Book.

Church Records

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Blackpool 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 Office covering the Blackpool area is Blackpool & Fylde.

Description and Travel

Some pictures of Blackpool.

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"Blackpool, 4 miles south-west of Poulton, in the parish of Bispham, is a celebrated bathing place on the coast of the Irish sea. The peaty coloured pool, which gives name to the place is at the south-end of Blackpool, near the house called Fox Hall, once the residence of the TYLDESLEYs, but now a farm house. The firm and smooth sand renders the operation of bathing very safe and agreeable, which is regulated here with peculiar and rigorous attention to decency. For the accommodation and recreation of visitors and the respectable inhabitants, there are the news and coffee rooms, a library; and at the hotels, during the season, assemblies are given. In 1821 an episcopal chapel was erected here, subject to the parochial jurisdiction of Bispham. About 800 inhabitants form the population of Blackpool, exclusive of visitors."

Pigot's Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of the county of Lancashire (1828)


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

Historical Geography

Blackpool is a relatively new town which grew up with the fashion to go to the seaside, and take the waters. It's parish church, St.John, was built in 1820. The town of Blackpool was built in the area that was previously the townships of Layton with Warbreck and Bispham with Norbreck in the parish of Bispham, and the township of Marton in the parish of Poulton le Fylde.


A chronology of significant events in Blackpool's history.


View maps of Blackpool and places within its boundaries.

A modern map showing Blackpool in relation to other places in the Fylde.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD308364 (Lat/Lon: 53.819251, -3.052636), Blackpool which are provided by:

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Blackpool was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond 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.