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BREIGHTMET, a township in Bolton-le-Moors parish Lancashire; 2½ miles E of Bolton. Acres, 970. Real property, 6,627; of which 1,504 are in mines. Pop., 1,562. Houses, 295. Cotton manufacture is carried on; and there is a church of 1855, a Wesleyan chapel, and an endowed school with 26 a year.

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

Archives and libraries

Local studies information is held at Bolton library.



Details about the census records, and indexes for Breightmet.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Breightmet area is Bolton.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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


A description of Breightmet in the 19th century.


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Breightmet 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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