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BLACKROD, a village and a township-chapelry in Bolton-le-Moors parish, Lancashire. The village stands on elevated ground near the river Douglas and the Bolton and Preston railway, 4½ miles SSE of Chorley: and it has a joint station with Horwich on the railway, and a post office of its own under Chorley. Its site is supposed to have been occupied by the Roman station Coccium, on Watling-street; and many Roman relics have been found. The chapelry comprises 2,367 acres. Real property, 14,264; of which 7,711 are in mines. Pop., 2,911. Houses, 546. The property is not much divided. The inhabitants are chiefly cotton-spinners and colliers. A fire in a colliery here was extinguished by drawing into it the river Douglas. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, 400.* Patron, the Vicar of Bolton. The church is good; and there is a Wesleyan chapel. A free grammar school has 140 a year, besides sums for three exhibitions at Pembroke college, Cambridge; and other charities have 104.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)

Archives and libraries

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Details about the census records, and indexes for Blackrod.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Blackrod was a township in the parish of Bolton.


A description of Blackrod in the 19th century.


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Poor Houses, Poor law etc.

Poor Law records held at Wigan Archives.

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Blackrod 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.


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