LEIGH, a town, a township, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Lancashire. The town stands on the Leigh and Wigan canal, on a loop-line of railway, from Tyldesley to Bradshaw-Leach, and near the Bolton and Kenyon branch of the Northwestern railway, 7¼ miles SW by S of Bolton; comprises portions of West Leigh, Pennington, Bedford, and Atherton townships; has undergone much improvement, under the Local Government act of 1858, and under the Public Works Manufacturing Districts act of 1863; is a seat of petty sessions and county courts, and a polling place; publishes a weekly newspaper; and has a post office under Manchester, two railway stations with telegraph, a bankingoffice, a market-place, a town hall, gas-works, three churches, four dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a grammar school, two national schools, a British school, a public cemetery, and charities £339. There are large cotton factories, foundries, malting establishments, two breweries, and three corn mills. Pop. of the town in 1851, 5,206; in 1861, 10,621. Houses, 2,098. Pop. in 1851, of the West Leigh portion, 838; of the Pennington portion, 4,496; of the Bedford portion, 4,885.
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) more...
Leigh library have a couple of film readers, a couple of fiche readers and a helpful local historian. I would advise booking in advance. They also carry electoral rolls and local history books of the area.census records, and indexes for Leigh.
- Church St, Baptist
- Bethesda, Union Street , Independent
- St John The Evangelist, Gordon Street, Church of England
- St Mary the Virgin, St Mary's Way, Church of England
- The Avenue, Independent Methodist
- Union St, Independent Methodist
- Bradshawgate, Primitive Methodist
- Cook St, Primitive Methodist
- Firs Lane, Primitive Methodist
- Wigan Rd, United Free Church
- Plank Lane, United Methodist Free Church
- Wesleyan Methodist
- King St, Wesleyan Methodist
- Orchard Lane, Wesleyan Welsh Methodist
- Kingdom Hall, Smallbrook Lane, Jehovah's Witness
- Twist Lane, Unitarian
- Twist Lane, Society of Friends
You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Leigh 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.Wigan and Leigh. gazetteer for a calculation of the distance from Leigh to another place. ENG-LAN-LEIGH is an e-mail list for Leigh genealogy. Atherton, Tyldesley with Shakerley, Westleigh, Pennington, Bedford and Astley. maps of Leigh and places within its boundaries.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD657002 (Lat/Lon: 53.497367, -2.518532), Leigh which are provided by:
- This place shown on a Google map.
- Google Streetview
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Open StreetMap
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Best site for old maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- Elgin Road Works
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- All places within the same township/parish shown on a Google map.
- Nearby townships/parishes shown on a Google map.
- Nearby places shown on a Google map.