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TONGE, a township and a chapelry in Prestwich parish, Lancashire. The township lies around Middleton r. station, adjacent to the SE side of Middleton. Post town, Middleton, under Manchester. Acres, 367. Real property, 10,774; of which 300 are in mines, 39 in ironworks, and 1,116 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 3,831; in 1861, 4,606. Houses, 953. The increase of pop. arose from extension of the cotton trade, and from erection of silk manufactories. The property is subdivided. The chapelry includes Alkrington township, and was constituted in 1835. Pop., 5,029. Houses, 1,030. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, 300.* Patron, the Rector of Prestwich. The church was built in 1839.

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



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Historical Geography

In 1835 Tonge was a township in the parish of Oldham.


A description of Tonge in the 19th century.


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Tonge 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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