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Cockersand Abbey

COCKERSAND ABBEY, an extra-parochial tract in the district and county of Lancaster; at the mouth of the rivulet Cocker, 6¾ miles SSW of Lancaster. A Pre-monstratensian abbey, on the site of a previous hermitage and hospital, was founded here, in 1190, by Theobald, brother of Archbishop Hubert; was restored, for a short time, after the dissolution; and is now represented by its octagonal chapter-house, and part of the other walls. It belongs to the Daltons of Thurnham; and is sometimes called Thurnham-Abbey.

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

Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Lancaster library.



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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Cockersand Abbey area is Lancaster.

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Cockersand Abbey was a township in the parish of Cockerham.
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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Cockersand Abbey was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.

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