1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland
"CROFT, a hamlet in the parish of Winwick, hundred of West Derby, in the county of Lancaster, 3 miles S.E, of Newton, and 4 N. of Warrington. Joined with Southworth, it forms a township The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester, in the patronage of the rector. The church, dedicated to Christ, is a new structure built in 1833, in the Gothic style. The Independents, Methodists, and Roman Catholics have each a chapel. There is an endowed school, also a Sunday-school."