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THORNTON, a township in Sephton parish, Lancashire; 6¾ miles N of Liverpool. Acres, 773. Real property, 2,401. Pop., 291. Houses, 55.

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



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Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Thornton area is Sefton South.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Thornton 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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