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West Leigh

Westleigh.-- township and ry. sta., Leigh par., SW. Lancashire, in town of Leigh, 1883 ac., pop. 7848; P.O. See LEIGH.

John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)

Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Wigan library.


  • St Paul, Westleigh Lane, Church of England



You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Westleigh area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the West Leigh area is Wigan and Leigh.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Westleigh which are provided by:


Ask for the gazetteer for a calculation of the distance from West Leigh to another place.

Historical Geography

In 1835 West Leigh was a township in the parish of Leigh.

You can see the administrative areas in which Westleigh has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


View maps of Westleigh and places within its boundaries.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD648013 (Lat/Lon: 53.507194, -2.532222), Westleigh which are provided by:

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, West Leigh 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.


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.