"ALSTON, a township and a subdistrict, in the district of Preston, Lancashire. The township is in the parish of Ribchester; and lies adjacent to Longridge railway, near Longridge fell, 2 miles N of the river Ribble, 7 miles NE of Preston. Acres, 1,989. Real property, £5,268. Pop. 1,098. Houses, 213. A chief residence is Alston Lodge. The subdistrict comprises all the parish of Ribchester and part of the parish of Preston. Acres, 11,773. Pop., 4,414. Houses, 850."
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
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"ALSTON, a township united with Hothersall, in the parish of Ribchester, hundred of Amounderness in the county palatine of Lancaster, 7 miles to the N.E. of Preston, and not far from Long Ridge fell. Alston Lodge is the principal residence."
In 1835 Alston was a township in the parish of Ribchester.
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