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FORTON, a township in Garstang parish, Lancashire; on the Preston canal and the Preston and Lancaster railway, 4 miles N of Garstang. Acres, 1, 278. Real property, 2,663; of which 55 are in quarries. Pop., 574. Houses, 131. There is an Independent chapel.

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



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Church History

Church Records

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Historical Geography

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

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Forton 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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