BLACKLEY, a village, two chapelries, and a subdistrict, in Manchester parish and district, Lancashire. The village stands on the river Irk, near the Manchester and Leeds railway, 3 miles N of Manchester; and has a post office under Manchester, and a police station. The chapelries are B. and B.-St. Andrew. Acres, 1,764. Real property, £10,955. Pop., 4,112. Houses, 838. The property is subdivided. Many of the inhabitants are employed in cotton manufactures and in extensive dye-works. The livings are rectories. Value of B., £182.* B. church was rebuilt in 1835; and is in the early English style, with a fine tower. St. A. church was built in 1866. There are two Wesleyan chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a mechanics' institution, a Church institute, public schools, and a reformatory. The subdistrict includes also Harpurhey township.

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


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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"BLACKLEY, (or Blakeley), a chapelry in the parish of Manchester, hundred of Salford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles to the N. of Manchester, its post town. The workpeople are principally employed in the various branches of the cotton manufacture. The living is a rectory A in the diocese of Manchester, of the value of £150, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Manchester. The church, which was anciently a private chapel belonging to Blackley Hall, is dedicated to St. Peter. The Wesleyans and Unitarians have chapels in the town, and there is a school with a small endowment. Annual races take place here in the month of August.


Historical Geography

In 1835 Blackley was a township in the parish of Manchester.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Blackley 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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