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BLACKROD, a village and a township-chapelry in Bolton-le-Moors parish, Lancashire. The village stands on elevated ground near the river Douglas and the Bolton and Preston railway, 4½ miles SSE of Chorley: and it has a joint station with Horwich on the railway, and a post office of its own under Chorley. Its site is supposed to have been occupied by the Roman station Coccium, on Watling-street; and many Roman relics have been found. The chapelry comprises 2,367 acres. Real property, £14,264; of which 7,711 are in mines. Pop., 2,911. Houses, 546. The property is not much divided. The inhabitants are chiefly cotton-spinners and colliers. A fire in a colliery here was extinguished by drawing into it the river Douglas. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £400.* Patron, the Vicar of Bolton. The church is good; and there is a Wesleyan chapel. A free grammar school has £140 a year, besides sums for three exhibitions at Pembroke college, Cambridge; and other charities have £104.

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

  • "BLACKROD, a chapelry in the parish of Bolton-le-Moors, and hundred of Salford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 6 miles to the W. of Bolton. Chorley is its post town. It is a station on the western division of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, and a branch of the Lancaster canal passes through the chapelry. The inhabitants are mostly engaged in the cotton manufacture, the print-works, and the coal-mines. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, of the value of £300, in the patronage of the Vicar of Bolton. The church is dedicated to St. Catherine. The Wesleyans have a chapel here. There are large National and Sunday schools, and a free grammar school, with an income from endowment of £140 a year, besides an exhibition at Pembroke College, Cambridge, of the value of £80 for four years. The charities produce about £200 per annum. The Roman road Watling Street passes through this place, which is conjectured by some to have been a Roman station. A fire which broke out in a coal-mine here was extinguished by turning the river Douglas into it. A number of silver vessels, bearing the impression of a rose and crown, were found in 1800, in a moat surrounding an old mansion in this township."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Blackrod was a township in the parish of Bolton.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Blackrod 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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