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CULCHETH, a township and a sub-district in Leigh district, Lancashire. The township is in Newchurch-Kenyon parish; lies on the Liverpool and Manchester railway, 3 miles S of Leigh; and has a church, Methodist chapels, an endowed school for boys and girls, and charities £49. Acres, 5,361. Real property, £10,339. Pop., 2,214. Houses, 444. Culcheth Hall is the seat of the Withingtons. The sub-district includes also two townships of Leigh parish. Acres, 10,427. Pop., 10,881. Houses, 2,204.

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




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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "BURY LANE, a hamlet in the township of Culcheth, or Newchurch, and parish of Winwick, hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles to the S. of Leigh. It gives name to a station on the Liverpool and Manchester railway. The living is a perpetual curacy annexed to the rectory of Newchurch Kenyon, in the diocese of Chester."

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  • "CULCHETH, (or Newchurch) a township in the parish of Winwick, in the county of Lancaster, 3 miles S. of Leigh. The village, which is large, contains the Union poorhouse. The charities produce about £50 a year.

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  • "NEWCHURCH, (or Newchurch Kenyon), a chapelry and township in the parish of Winwick, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 3 miles S. of Leigh, 6 E. by S. of Newton-in-Makerfield, and 5 N. of Warrington. It is situated near the Sankey canal and the line of the North-Western railway. The inhabitants are partly engaged in the cotton-mills and in the manufacture of hardware. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £169. The living is a rectory with the curacy of Bury Lane annexed, in the diocese of Chester, value £180. The church is a modern edifice containing 365 free sittings.

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

  • NEWCHURCH, or Newchurch-Kenyon, a village and a parish in Leigh district, Lancashire. The village stands near Kenyon Junction r. station, 3½ miles S of Leigh; and has a post-office under Warrington. The parish consists of the townships of Kenyon and Culcheth; contains the hamlets of Risley, Bury-Lane, Twiss-Green, Wigsbaw, and Holcroft; and was formerly a chapelry of Winwick parish. Acres, 6,958. Real property, £12,758. Pop. in 1851, 2,688; in 1861, 2,488. Houses, 499. The property is divided chiefly among four. The manor of Culcheth, with Culcheth Hall, belongs to T. E. Withington, Esq. Kenyon House is the seat of R. Dewhurst, Esq.; New Brook House, of J. Hartley, Esq.; and Ivy House, of M. Tomlinson, Esq. The cotton manufacture is carried on, and bricks and tiles are made. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester. Value, £240. Patron, the Earl of Derby. The church is old; comprises nave, aisle, chancel, and porch; and contains some brasses. There are a chapel of ease at Bury-Lane, chapels for Methodists, and national schools. (See more)

Historical Geography

In 1835 Culcheth was a township in the parish of Winwick.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Culcheth 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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