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ALTHAM, a township-chapelry in Whalley parish, Lancashire; on the Henburn river, near the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 1 mile N of Huncoat r. station, and 5 W of Burnley. It includes the village of Sykeside; and its Post Town is Accrington. Acres, 1,406. Real property, £2,580. Pop., 410. Houses, 75. The property is not much divided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150.* Patron, R. T. R. Walton, Esq. The church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1859.

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


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Civil Registration

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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "ALTHAM, a chapelry in the parish of Whalley, and in the higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 4 miles to the W. of Burnley. It is on the river Henburn, and not far from the Leeds and Liverpool canal. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of R. T. R. Walton, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. James. There are some coal mines in the neighbourhood."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Altham was a township in the parish of Whalley.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Altham was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


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