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Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley

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"AIGHTON, one of three hamlets forming a township in the parish of Mitton, Lancashire. It lies near Hodder river, under Longridge fell, 3½ miles NNW of Whalley r. station, and 5 WSW of Clitheroe. It contains cotton factories, a workhouse, and the Roman Catholic college of Stonyhurst. The other hamlets of the township are Bailey and Chaighley. Acres in the three, 5,780. Real property, £6,726. Pop., 1,500. Houses, 244."

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)


Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Clitheroe library.


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley area is Ribble Valley.


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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "AIGHTON, (or Overhacking), a hamlet in the parish of Great Mitton, hundred of Blackburn, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 4 miles to the S.W. of Clitheroe. It includes the hamlets of Bailey and Chaigley. It is situated on the Mersey, near Longridge Fell. The Roman Catholic College of Stonyhurst is in this hamlet. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the cotton manufacture. There is a free school, and some almshouses.

    BAILEY, a hamlet in the parish of Great Mitton, and hundred of Blackburn, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 7 miles to the N. of Blackburn.

    CHAIGLEY, a hamlet in the parish of Great Mitton, lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, in the county of Lancaster, 5 miles W. of Clitheroe.

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley was a Lancashire township in the parish of Great Mitton in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley was in the Archdeaconry of York. The original wills for the Archdeaconry of York are held at the Borthwick Institute.


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