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PEMBERTON, a village, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Wigan parish and district, Lancashire. The village stands near the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 2½ miles W of Wigan; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post-office under Wigan. The township comprises 2,868 acres. Real property, 31,319; of which 19,370 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 5,252; in 1861, 6,870. Houses, 1,314. The chapelry is more extensive than the township; contains Newtown, Smithy-Brook, Goose-Green, and Lamberhead-Green; and was constituted in 1838. Pop. in 1861, 8,853. Houses, 1,696. There are several good modern residences, an ancient half-timbered hall, coal-mines, stone-quarries, brick manufactories, cotton mills, and a famous spring. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Chester. Value, 300. Patron, the Rector of Wigan. The church was built in 1832, and is a large brick edifice. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a mechanics' institute, four national schools, and charities 14. The sub-district contains also two other townships. Acres, 6,263. Pop., 10,435. Houses, 2,007.

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

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"PEMBERTON is a township and village in the parish of wigan, two miles W.S.W. of that town, in which are several extensive coal mines, and Hawkley-hall, the residence of the Rev. W. Molineux, a very ancient building. The number of inhabitants in the township, in 1821, was nearly 4,000."

Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of the county of Lancashire - Pigot & Co. 1828


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Historical Geography

In 1835 Pemberton was a township in the parish of Wigan.


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For probate purposes prior to 1858, Pemberton 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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