The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"CROSTON, a parish in the hundred of Leyland, in the county of Lancaster, 6 miles W. of Chorley, its post town, and 8 from Preston. It is situated on the river Yarrow, and has a station on the West section of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The parish contains the townships of Croston Mawdesley, Bretherton, Bispham, and Ulnes-Walton. The town was once a market town, and is still a populous place, containing about 1,500 inhabitants. In ancient times Croston was one of the richest benefices in the country, but it has at various periods been divided by parliament into six distinct parishes, namely, Croston and Hoole, separated in 1642, Chorley and Rufford in 1793, and Tarleton and Hesketh with Becconsall in 1821. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester, value £1,050, in the patronage of the Rev. R. M. Master. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is situated on the bank of the river Yarrow, and was rebuilt in 1743, at an expense of £1,834, defrayed by a brief. It is a large building in various styles; the tower contains a clock and eight bells. The charities amount to £832 per annum. The Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics have chapels. There is a Free school, endowed in 1660 by the Rev. James Hiet, with about £15 per annum; also National and Sunday schools. J. R. De Trafford, and Thomas Norris, Esqs. are lords of the manor. A fair is held on the Monday before Shrove Tuesday."