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WHISTON, a township in Prescot parish, Lancashire; on the Liverpool and Manchester railway, 1 mile S of Prescot. It has a post-office under Prescot; and it contains Prescot workhouse. Acres, 1,793. Real property, £10,867; of which £4,381 are in mines, and £135 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1,825; in 1861, 1,727, of whom 155 were in the workhouse. Houses, 318. A church was built here in 1865, at a cost of about £6,000; and is in the early English style, with tower and spire, 150 feet high. There are also a Methodist chapel and a national school.

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




Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Whiston area is Knowsley.


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Historical Geography

In 1835 Whiston was a township in the parish of Prescot.

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Some information about the history of Whiston.


Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Whiston 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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