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"BOLD, two hamlets and a township in Prescot parish, Lancashire. The hamlets are Bold and Bold-Heath; and the former stands adjacent to the Runcorn railway, 4 miles ESE of Prescot. The township includes also the hamlet of Maypole. Acres, 4,338. Real property, £8,151. Pop., 798. Houses, 137. The family of Bold, now represented by that of Bold Hoghton, were seated here from the Conquest till 1761; and they give name to Bold-street in Liverpool. The ancient mansion is now a farmhouse; and the modern one is Bold Hall. Bishop Barnes, who died in 1588, was a native."

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

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Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at St.Helens library.

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Census

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Bold area is St Helens.

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"BOLD, a township in the parish of Prescot, hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles to the S. of St. Helen's. The St. Helen's and Lancashire and Yorkshire railway runs through it. The township contains Bold Heath, and the hamlet of Maypole. It has some charitable endowments, which produce about £13 per annum. The family of the Bolds had their seat here from before the Norman Conquest down to the year 1761, when the male line became extinct. The curious old hall still exists as a farmhouse, on the demesne attached to the present mansion of Bold Hall, the seat of Sir H. B. Hoghton, Bart. Richard Barnes, Bishop of Carlisle, and afterwards of Durham, in the latter half of the 16th century, was born here."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"MAYPOLE, a hamlet in the township of Bold, parish of Prescot, county Lancaster, 3 miles, E. of Prescot, and 5 S.E. of St. Helen's. It is situated near Bold Heath, and on the line of the Runcorn railway."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Bold was a township in the parish of Prescot.

You can see the administrative areas in which Bold has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Maps

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ536907 (Lat/Lon: 53.411092, -2.699552), Bold which are provided by:

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Bold 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

You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.