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Briercliffe

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"BRIERCLIFFE, a township and a chapelry in Whalley parish, Lancashire. The township bears the name of Briercliffe-with-Extwistle; and lies near the East Lancashire railway, 3 miles NE by E of Burnley. Post Town, Burnley. Acres, 4,180. Real property, £5,222. Pop., 1,332. Houses, 263. There are quarries and cotton mills. The chapelry was constituted in 1842. Pop., 2,024. Houses, 393. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £250.* Patrons, Hulme's Trustees. The church was built in 1840. There are two Baptist chapels and a national school."

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

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Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Burnley library.

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Briercliffe area is Burnley and Pendle.

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"BRIERCLIFFE, a township united with Entwistle, in the parish of Whalley, and hundred of Blackburn, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles to the N.E. of Burnley. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the neighbouring coal-mines. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, of the value of £150, in the patronage of the Vicar of Whalley. The charities produce about £3 a year."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"EXTWISTLE WITH BRIERCLIFFE, a township in the parish of Whalley, higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles N.E. of Burnley. It is situated at the foot of Boulsworth Hill. A cotton mill gives employment to many of the people."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Briercliffe and Extwistle was a township in the parish of Whalley.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Briercliffe 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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