1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland
"HINDLEY, a township and chapelry in the parish of Wigan, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 3 miles S.E. of Wigan, its post town, 7 from Bolton, and 17¾ from Manchester. It is a station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The village, which is very considerable, is situated on the old road from Wigan to Bolton. There are some extensive collieries and cotton-mills. In the vicinity is a burning well of cold water, produced by the decomposition of water acting upon metallic ores and sulphate of iron, &c. It is similar to that at Petoa Mila, near Fierenzota, in Italy, except that the flame of the Italian spring is perpetual in the absence of heavy rain, and consists of sulphuric gas. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £250. The church, which was rebuilt in 1766, is dedicated to All Saints. It is a brick structure, with a tower containing one bell. In the interior of the church are brasses and several mural monuments. The register is ancient. The parochial charities produce about £85, of which £10 go to the endowed grammar school founded by Mrs. Abram. There is also a National school for both sexes, and three infant schools. Hindley Hall is the principal residence. An annual fair is held on the first Thursday in August."