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An ancient, well-built, and improving town. On the summit of a hill stands the castle, which is not ancient, but large and strong, and now serves both as the shire house and the county gaol. On the top of this castle is a square tower, called John of Gaunt's Chair, where there is a fine prospect of the mountains of Cumberland, and of the course of the Lune; the view towards the sea extending to the Isle of Man. The town hall is a handsome structure. Lancaster carries on some foreign trade, especially to the West Indies, America, and the Baltic. The exports are hardware, woollen goods, candles, and cabinet work, for the making of which last it is noted; and it has also a manufacture of sail-cloth. It is seated on the river Lune, which here forms a port for vessels of moderate size, and over which it has a new stone bridge of five elliptical arches. It is 235 miles from London. Markets, Wednesday and Saturday, and one on every other Wednesday for cattle. Population, 24,707.

(From Barclay's Complete and Universal Dictionary of 1842.)


Archives and Libraries

District Central Library,
Market Square,



Monumental inscriptions for St John with St Anne, the Friends Meeting House, and the United Reformed Church have been published by the LFH&HS.




There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Lancaster area or see them printed on a map.


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Lancaster area is Lancaster.


Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Lancaster which are provided by:



A description of the town taken from the Imperial Gazetteer 1872.

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

Click here for a list of nearby places.

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • In 1868, the parish of Lancaster contained the following places:

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Historical Geography

In 1835 the parish of Lancaster contained the townships of Lancaster, Gressingham, Poulton, Bare and Torrisholme, Skerton, Bulk, Heaton with Oxcliffe, Aldcliffe, Ashton with Stodday, Overton, Thurnham, Scotforth, Quernmore, Caton, Over Wyresdale, Bleasdale, Preesall with Hackensall, Stalmine, Myerscough and Fulwood.

Information about boundaries and administrative areas is available from A Vision of Britain through time.

You can see the administrative areas in which Lancaster has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Military Records

Names of those who fell in WW1 transcribed from the War Memorial by Pauline Chapman.


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

The Workhouse site has an interesting description of Lancaster workhouse.

Penny's Almshouses were established from a £700 endowment left by William Penny (Mayor of Lancaster) in 1716. They were built for 12 poor men in 1720.


Probate Records

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