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"BOOTLE-CUM-LINACRE, a township and three chapelries in Walton-on-the-Hill parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Mersey, the Liverpool and Southport railway, and the L. and Leeds canal, 3¼ miles N by W of Liverpool; was, till lately, a much-frequented watering-place, but is now occupied, on all its river front, by Liverpool docks; and has a post office under Liverpool, and four railway stations. Acres, 1,781; of which 610 are water. Real property in 1860, £25,158. Pop. in 1861, 6,414. Houses, 1,048. Pop. in 1869, about 15,200. The chapelries are St. Mary, St. John, and Christchurch; the two former p. curacies, the latter a vicarage, in the diocese of Chester. Value of St. M., £300; of C., £300.* Patron of St. M., W. S. Millar, Esq.; of St. J. and C., Trustees. St. M. 's church was built in 1826; St. J. 's in 1864, at a cost of £5,000; church, in 1866, at a cost of £8,800; and all are handsome. A Wesleyan chapel, in French first-pointed style, was built in 1864. A Roman Catholic chapel was built in 1868. There are also United Presbyterian, Baptist, and Welsh Methodist chapels, a national school, and a Christian Association's reading and lecture rooms."

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




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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "BOOTLE-CUM-LINACRE, a township in the parish of Walton-on-the-Hill, hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles to N. of Liverpool. It is a station on the Southport branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The village is pleasantly situated on the sea-coast, and was till recently much frequented as a watering-place. The Liverpool North Docks now extend into Bootle, and occupy a great portion of the shore formerly frequented by bathers. Seaforth, Waterloo, and Crosby, higher up the coast, are consequently much benefited by the influx of visitors. Linacre is a hamlet included in this township The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, of the value of £164, in the patronage of W. S. Miller, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Mary."

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  • "LINACRE, a township in the parish of Walton-on-the-Hill, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 4 miles N. W. of Liverpool."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Bootle was a township in the parish of Walton on the Hill.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Bacup 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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