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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...
The Local History Library, Leigh Library, Market Place, Leigh, Lancs WN7 1DY - Tel: 01942 404559
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.
- 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
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