BRADSHAW, a township and a chapelry in Bolton-le-Moors parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Bolton and Blackburn railway, adjacent to the Oaks station, 3 miles NE of Bolton; and has a post office under Bolton. Acres, 1,380. Real property, £3,754. Pop., 792. Houses, 146. Bradshaw Hall was the seat of John Bradshaw, who presided at the trial of Charles I.; and is now the seat of T. Hardcastle, Esq. There are two cotton mills, a bleaching mill, and quarries. The church. is more extensive than the township, and was constituted in 1853. Pop., 1,968. Houses, 378. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150.* Patron, the Vicar of Bolton. The church is tolerable.

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


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Civil Registration

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"BRADSHAW, a chapelry in the parish of Bolton-le-Moors, hundred of Salford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles to the N.E. of Bolton. The Lancashire and Yorkshire railway runs near it. In the chapelry are several large bleach-grounds. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of the Vicar of Bolton. Bradshaw Hall is the old seat of a branch of the Bradshaw family related to John Bradshaw, president of the court before which Charles I. was tried."


Historical Geography

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

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Bradshaw 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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