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Blackpool.-- mun. bor. and seaport town, N. Lancashire, 17½ miles NW. of Preston and 227 miles from London by rail, 2952 ac., pop. 14,229; 3 Banks, 4 newspapers; is a much-frequented watering-place, possessing fine sands, 2 handsome piers with large concert pavilion, aquarium, and pleasure gardens. B. was created a mun. bor. in 1876.

John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)

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Archives and Libraries

Blackpool Central Library,
Queen Street,
Blackpool
FY1 1PX

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Cemeteries

Monumental inscriptions for the parish church, St John (which no longer has a graveyard), Holy Trinity, and the Bethesda Chapel have been published by the LFH&HS.

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Census

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Churches

There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.
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Church History

Churches in 1918 from the Blackpool Gazette News Year Book.

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Blackpool area is Blackpool & Fylde.

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Description and Travel

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Directories

"Blackpool, 4 miles south-west of Poulton, in the parish of Bispham, is a celebrated bathing place on the coast of the Irish sea. The peaty coloured pool, which gives name to the place is at the south-end of Blackpool, near the house called Fox Hall, once the residence of the TYLDESLEYs, but now a farm house. The firm and smooth sand renders the operation of bathing very safe and agreeable, which is regulated here with peculiar and rigorous attention to decency. For the accommodation and recreation of visitors and the respectable inhabitants, there are the news and coffee rooms, a library; and at the hotels, during the season, assemblies are given. In 1821 an episcopal chapel was erected here, subject to the parochial jurisdiction of Bispham. About 800 inhabitants form the population of Blackpool, exclusive of visitors."

Pigot's Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of the county of Lancashire (1828)

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Gazetteers

1831 - Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis

BLACKPOOL, a chapelry and bathing-place, in the parish of BISPHAM, hundred of AMOUNDERNESS, county palatine of LANCASTER, 4 miles (S.W.by W.) from Poulton, and 25 (S.W. by W.) from Lancaster, containing 800 resident inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, endowed with £600 private benefaction, and £1700 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of P. Hesketh, Esq. The chapel was built in 1821, at an expense of £1150, and the Incorporated Society for the enlargement of churches and chapels granted £200 for defraying the expense of a greater number of sittings. Blackpool, which acquired its name from a boggy pool at the southern end of the village, was, until within the last eighty years, an inconsiderable place; but, owing to its eligibility for bathing, it is now frequented every summer by a crowd of visitors, for whose accommodation commodious hotels and lodging-houses have been erected. The beach slopes gently from the site of the houses; the sands are smooth and firm; and the air is highly salubrious. The parade forms an agreeable promenade, from which there is an extensive view of the fells in Westmorland and Cumberland, and the mountains in North Wales. Excellent regulations have been introduced for the convenience of bathers; a news-room and library have been established, a theatre erected, and assemblies are occasionally held at the different hotels. Every alternate Sunday during the season the inhabitants of the surrounding district assemble at Lane End, and join in various rustic sports. The sea appears to have encroached considerably on the shore; a large, stone, called Penny-stone, lying on the sands, about half a mile from the shore, is stated by tradition to mark the site on which a public-house formerly stood. A free school was established in 1817, which is conducted on Dr. Bell's plan.

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"BLACKPOOL, formerly a chapelry in the parish of Bispham, hundred of Amounderness, in the county palatine of Lancaster, but recently constituted a district parish under Lord Blandford's Act, except a small portion on the north side, which still belongs to Bispham, is 4 miles to the S.W. of Poulton, and 48 miles from Manchester by the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, with which it is connected by a short branch line from Poulton Junction. A new line has lately been completed direct to Lytham, and a handsome pier is in course of construction, which will be opened in 1863. It is situated on the coast of the Irish Sea, between the estuaries of the Wyre on the north and the Ribble on the south, and has taken its name from a dark boggy pool near the old seat of the Tildesleys, at the south end of the village. Up to the middle of the last century it remained an insignificant place, but has now become a favourite watering-place, frequented every summer by thousands of visitors, from the busy towns and factories and workshops of the great manufacturing province. Blackpool stands on ground considerably elevated, and enjoys the advantage of a remarkably pure, keen, and bracing air. The prospect in clear weather embraces the mountains of Westmoreland, Cumberland, and North Wales. The Isle of Man is occasionally discernible. There is a fine sandy beach, firm, and sloping gently from the town. A noble range of houses extends along the parade for nearly a mile. There are large and good hotels, assembly-rooms, library, and newsroom. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, of the value of £350, in the patronage of trustees. The church, dedicated to St. John, was erected in 1821. It has twice been enlarged, and now contains 800 sittings. The population of the district attached to it is estimated at 2,000, but new houses are continually being built, and the population is rapidly on the increase.

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Historical Geography

Blackpool is a relatively new town which grew up with the fashion to go to the seaside, and take the waters. It's parish church, St.John, was built in 1820. The town of Blackpool was built in the area that was previously the townships of Layton with Warbreck and Bispham with Norbreck in the parish of Bispham, and the township of Marton in the parish of Poulton le Fylde.

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History

A chronology of significant events in Blackpool's history.

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Maps

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD330348 (Lat/Lon: 53.80487, -3.018387), Blackpool which are provided by:

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Probate Records

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

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Societies

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