The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"UPHOLLAND, a township in the parish of Wigan, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 4 miles S.W. of Wigan, its post town, and 1 mile N.W. of Orrell railway station. The village, which is situated on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, is well built and lighted with gas. In the vicinity are fire-brick works, slate and stone quarries, and collieries. The township includes the hamlets Roby Mill, Hall Green, and Tontine. Here are traces of a college, or Benedictine priory, founded by Sir Robert de Holland in 1319. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £190, in the patronage of the Rector of Wigan. The church, dedicated to St. Thomas-a-Becket, once belonged to the priory. The charities produce about £110 per annum. There are two National schools and an endowed grammar school, at which a Sunday-school is held. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel. Holland Grove is the principal residence. Lord Skelmersdale is lord of the manor. A cattle and horse fair is held on Easter Monday."