The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"TOCKHOLES, a township and chapelry in the parish and hundred of Blackburn, county Lancaster, 3 miles S.W. of Blackburn, its post town, and 7 from Chorley. The village is situated near the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and the road from Blackburn to Manchester. In the valley of the Raddlesworth rivulet the soil is principally marl, but a considerable portion of the upland is in moorland. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the weaving of cotton and in the print-works. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of the Vicar of Blackburn. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, was rebuilt in 1833. The parochial charities produce about £1 per annum. There is a National school, at which a Sunday-school is also held. The Independents have a chapel. The representatives of the late E. Shorrock, Esq., are lords oft] a manor. It is supposed to have been the scene of a skirmish between the royalists and parliamentarians in the reign of Charles I., from the number of cannon-balls found here."