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BEDFORD, a township and a chapelry in Leigh parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Tyldesley and Kenyon branch railway, 1 mile ENE of Leigh; and has a station on the railway. Post Town, Leigh, under Manchester. Acres, 2,438. Real property, £11,144. Pop., 6,558. Houses, 1,323. The property is much subdivided. There are cotton and silk mills, an iron foundry, collieries, and brickfields. The chapelry is conterminate with the township; and was constituted in 1842. The living is a vicarage in the dio. of Manchester. Value, £300.* Patron, the Vicar of Leigh. The church is recent; and there are Methodist and Roman Catholic chapels and a national school.

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




Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Bedford area is Wigan and Leigh.

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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "BEDFORD, a township in the parish of Leigh, hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancashire, 1 mile from Leigh. The Bolton and Kenyon Junction railway runs near it. The workpeople are chiefly employed in the cotton manufactures. Good limestone is obtained here, which is much used for subaqueous works. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of the Vicar of Leigh. The Wesleyans have a chapel here. Bedford Hall is in the neighbourhood."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Bedford was a township in the parish of Leigh.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Bedford 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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