The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"GOOSNARGH, a chapelry in the parish of Kirkham, hundred of Amounderness, county palatine Lancaster, 6 miles N.E. of Preston, its post town. The Broughton station on the Lancaster and Preston branch of the London and North-Western line is about 3 miles from the village. The chapelry, which comprises above 10,000 acres, includes the hamlets of Inglewhite and Newsham, also the township of Whittingham. The land is divided between arable and pasture, with a small tract of moorland. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of Christ Church, Oxford. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The register dates back to the early part of the 17th century. The endowments form an aggregate of upwards of £1,000 per annum. The principal building is Goosnargh Hospital, founded by Dr. Bushell in 1735 for decayed gentlefolks of this neighbourhood professing the Protestant faith. It has a yearly income of about £850. The Independents and Roman Catholics have chapels, and there are two free schools, one having an endowment of £65, and the other £42. Cattle fairs are held on Rogation Tuesday, 25th April, and 5th October."