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Lathom, township and local government district, Ormskirk par., N. Lancashire, on river Donglas and Leeds and Liverpool Canal, 4 miles NE. of Ormskirk, 8694 ac., pop. 4161. Lathom House, seat of Lord Skelmersdale, occupies the site of the ancient house of Lathom, defended by the Countess of Derby against the Parliamentary forces.

John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)

Archives and libraries

Local studies information is held at Ormskirk and Skelmersdale libraries.



Details about the census records, and indexes for Lathom.

Church History

Church Records

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Lathom which are provided by:


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

Historical Geography

In 1835 Lathom was a township in the parish of Ormskirk.

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


View maps of Lathom and places within its boundaries.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD456100 (Lat/Lon: 53.583747, -2.823209), Lathom which are provided by:

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Lathom 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.