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Lower Darwen

DARWEN (Lower), a township and a chapelry in Blackburn parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Blackburn and Bolton railway, 2 miles S by E of Blackburn; and has a post office under Blackburn, and a r. station. Acres, 2, 490. Real property, £10,322. Pop., 3,301. Houses, 623. There are cotton-mills, extensive paper-works, and some other manufactories. The chapelry was constituted in 1842. Pop. 2,081. The living is a vicarage in the dio. of Manchester. Value, £150. Patron, the Vicar of Blackburn. The church was built in 1830, at a cost of £5,491. There are a Wesleyan chapel and three public schools.

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


Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Darwen library.

Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Lower Darwen area is Blackburn.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Lower Darwen was a township in the parish of Blackburn.

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

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


Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Lower Darwen 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.