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DEANE, a village and a parish in Bolton district, Lancashire. The village stands near the Bolton and Leigh railway, 1¾ mile SW of Bolton; and has a post office under Bolton. The parish contains also the town ships of Kersley, Farmworth, Little Hulton, Middle Hulton, Over Hulton, Rumworth, Westhoughton, Heaton, Halliwell, and Horwich. Acres, 19,340. Real property, £157,633; of which £46,743 are in mines. and £642 in quarries. Pop., 35,746. Houses, 7,077. The property, in many parts, is much subdivided. Large part of the population is employed in cotton factories, bleachfields, and coal-mines. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £350 * Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good, and was recently enlarged. The vicarages of Halliwell-St. Peter, Halliwell-St Paul, Westhoughton, Wingates, and Horwich, and the p. curacy of Peel or Little Hulton, are separate benefices. Marsh, the martyr, was a native and vicar.

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


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Civil Registration

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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "DEANE, a parish in the hundred of Salford, in the county of Lancaster, 2 miles S.W. of Great Bolton. It is situated in the midst of an extensive manufacturing district, and contains Haliwell, Little Hulton, Smithills Chapel, Westhoughton, Horwich, Farnworth, and five other townships, several of which have their own churches and schools. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the large cotton establishments and in the bleach grounds. The collieries are also extensively worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester, value £213, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has recently been enlarged. The charities amount to £510 per annum. There are National and, endowed schools. George Marsh, the Protestant martyr, was a native of this place."

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Historical Geography

DEANE: This name was given in 1894 to part of the former Rumworth township or parish. Deane was also the name of the ancient ecclesiastical parish containing the township. In 1898 Deane civil parish became part of Bolton Borough.

In 1835 the parish of Deane contained the townships of Horwich, Halliwell, Heaton, Rumworth, Westhoughton, Over Hulton, Middle Hulton, Little Hulton, Farnworth and Kearsley.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Deane 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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