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MUSBURY, a township in Bury parish, Lancashire; 3 miles S W of Haslingden. Acres, 1, 170. Real property, 3,090; of which 47 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1,228; in 1861, 997. Houses, 205. The decrease of pop. was caused mainly by the discontinuance of employment in a mill. The chapelry of Helmshore includes the township, and sometimes bears its name. See Helmshore.

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 Musbury was a township in the parish of Bolton.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Musbury 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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