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READ, a township in Whalley parish, Lancashire; 2 miles E of Whalley r. station. Acres, 1,490. Real property, £2,982. Pop., 531. Houses, 101. Read Hall is the seat of R. Fort, Esq. There are a cotton-mill and a national school.

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

Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Clitheroe library.




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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Read area is Ribble Valley.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Read was a township in the parish of Whalley.
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View maps of Read and places within its boundaries.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD766348 (Lat/Lon: 53.808958, -2.356840), Read which are provided by:

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Read 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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