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WHEELTON, a township in Leyland parish, Lancashire; 3 miles NE of Chorley. Acres, 1,669. Real property, 4,309; of which 176 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1,041; in 1861, 1,360. Houses, 233. The increase of pop. arose from the erection of cotton-mills. Brinscall Hall is the seat of W.Wood, Esq. There is a national school.

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

Archives and libraries

Local studies information is held at Chorley and Ormskirk libraries.



Details about the census records, and indexes for Wheelton.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Wheelton area is Chorley.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Wheelton was a township in the parish of Leyland.


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Wheelton 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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