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N.B.There is also another township also called Orrell in the parish of Wigan.

ORRELL and FORD, a township in Sefton parish, Lancashire; on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 4½ miles N of Liverpool. Acres, 728. Real property, £2,753. Pop. in 1851, 279; in 1861, 358. Houses, 57. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of trade in Liverpool. Most of the land belongs to the Earl of Sefton. Ford Lodge and Hatton Hall are chief residences.

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



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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Orrell area is Sefton South.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Orrell was a township in the parish of Sefton.

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


View maps of Orrell and places within its boundaries.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ347968 (Lat/Lon: 53.463870, -2.985077), Orrell which are provided by:

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Orrell 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.