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DALTON, a township in Wigan parish, Lancashire; near the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and the Southport and Wigan railway, 5½ miles WNW of Wigan. Acres, 2,090. Real property, 3,747; of which 100 are in mines. Pop., 453. Houses, 82.

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

Archives and libraries

Local studies information is held at Ormskirk and Skelmersdale libraries.



Details about the census records, and indexes for Dalton.

Church History

Church Records

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Dalton 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 Dalton area is West Lancashire

Description and Travel

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

Historical Geography

In 1835 Dalton was a township in the parish of Wigan.


View maps of Dalton and places within its boundaries.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD494081 (Lat/Lon: 53.567051, -2.765506), Dalton which are provided by:

Poor Houses, Poor law etc.

Poor Law records held at Wigan Archives.

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Dalton 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.


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.