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BURSCOUGH, a township-chapelry in Ormskirk parish, Lancashire; on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and on the Southport and Ormskirk railway, 4 miles NNE of Ormskirk. It includes Burscough-Bridge village; and has two stations, of the names of Burscough Junction and Burscough-Bridge, on the railway, and a post office, of the name of Burscough-Bridge, under Ormskirk. Acres, 4,959. Real property, 12,115. Pop., 2,461. Houses, 478. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the cotton manufacture. A priory of Black canons was founded here, in the time of Richard I., by Robert Fitz-Henry, lord of Chatham, and was the burial-place of the Stanleys, previous to their adoption of Ormskirk; and some remains of the priory still exist. The chapelry bears the name of Burscough-Bridge; and was constituted in 1847. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, 150. Patron, the Vicar of Ormskirk. The church was built at a cost of 3,246. There are a Wesleyan chapel of 1869, and a national school.

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

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Church History

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Burscough was a township in the parish of Ormskirk.


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A map of Burscough around 1845.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Burscough 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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