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Bacup, mun. bor., Rochdale and Whalley pars., Lancashire, 19¼ miles N. of Manchester by rail, 6400 ac., pop. 25,034; 1 Bank, 2 newspapers. Market, daily. The staple industries are cotton spinning and power-room weaving. In the neighbourhood are numerous coal-pits and vast stonequarries. Bacup was incorporated in 1882.

John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)

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Archives & Libraries

Bacup Library,
St James' Square,
Bacup
OL13 9AH

Tel: 01706 873324

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Census

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Civil Registration

The Register Offices covering the Bacup area are Hyndburn & Rossendale, and Rochdale.

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"BACUP, a chapelry in the parish of Whalley, higher division of Blackburn hundred in the county palatine of Lancaster, 6 miles to the N. of Rochdale. Manchester is its post town. It is connected with the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway by a short branch line from Ramsbottom Junction. The population are employed in the cotton and baize manufactures. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £250, in the patronage of Hulme's Trustees. There is also a district church called Christ Church, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £100, in the patronage of the Rev. J. Heyworth."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Bacup was a chapelry in the township of Newchurch in Rossendale in the parish of Whalley.

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Maps of Bacup East and West around 1890.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Bacup 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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Societies

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