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WALMSLEY, a chapelry in Bolton-le-Moors parish, Lancashire; near Bromley-Cross r. station, 3 miles N of Bolton. It was constituted in 1844; and its Post town is Bolton. Pop. in 1861, 3,415. Houses, 641. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, 145. Patron, the Vicar of Bolton. The church was built in 1844. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Unitarians, and a slightly endowed school.

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

Archives and libraries

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Details about the census records, and indexes for Walmsley.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Walmsley area is Bolton.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Walmsley was located in the township of Turton in the parish of Bolton.


A description of Walmsley in the 19th century.


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Walmsley 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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