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LONGTON, a village, a township-chapelry, and a subdistrict, in Preston district, Lancashire. The village stands adjacent to the head of the Ribble's estuary, 3½ miles W of Preston-Junction r. station, and 5 SW of Preston; is about 2 miles long; and has a post office under Preston. The chapelry comprises 3,132 acres of land, and 560 of water; and is in Penwortham parish. Real property, 6,784. Pop., 1,637. Houses, 310. The property is much subdivided. Malting is largely carried on; and there are two breweries. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, 190. Patron, L. Rawstorne, Esq. The church was built in 1770, and is a good brick structure. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a free grammar school, and charities 29. The sub-district comprises the parishes of Penwortham and Hoole. Acres, 14,240. Pop., 6,620. Houses, 1,204.

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

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Church History

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Longton was a township in the parish of Penwortham.



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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Longton 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.


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