The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"OVER DARWEN, a township and chapelry in the parish of Blackburn, lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, in the county of Lancaster. 4¼, miles S.E. from Blackburn, and 7 from Haslingden. It is situated near the head of the river Darwen, which rises near Rumbles Moor. There are collieries, slate-quarries, print-works, and bleach grounds. The village is lighted with gas, under the provisions of an Act passed in 1839. The living is a perpetual curacy, formerly in the diocese of Chester, now in the dioc, of Manchester, value £200, in the patronage of the Vicar of Blackburn. The church, dedicated to St. James, is a handsome building, erected in 1829. A church dedicated to the Holy Trinity has also been erected. The living is a perpetual curacy, value £74, in the patronage of the Vicar of Blackburn. There are chapels for Wesleyans and others. Fairs are held on the first Thursdays in October and May for cattle and horses, and a pleasure fair on Holy Thursday.