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ELLEL, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Lancaster district, Lancashire. The township is in Cockerham parish; lies adjacent to the Lancaster canal, and the Lancaster and Preston railway, near Galgate station, 4 miles S by E of Lancaster; and is cut into two divisions, north and south. Post town, Galgate, under Lancaster. Real property of the N div., 5,243; of the S div., 3,895, of which 10 are in quarries. Pop. of the whole, in 1851, 1,484; in 1861, 1,968. Houses, 369. The increase of population arose from the erection of a silk factory, and the re-opening of a cotton factory. Ellel Grange and Ellel Hall are chief residences. The chapelry is less extensive than the township, and was constituted in 1858. Pop., 1,877. Houses, 351. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, 150.* Patron, the Vicar of Cockerham. The church is good; and there are three dissenting chapels and two public schools. The sub-district contains also three other townships and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 28,888. Pop., 4,020. Houses, 715.

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

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Ellel was a township in the parish of Cockerham.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Ellel 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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