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"ECCLESTON, a township and two chapelries in Prescot parish, Lancashire. The township lies nominally \u00be of a mile NNE of Prescot; but it includes parts of both Prescot and St. Helens towns; and it shares the railway and postal facilities of both. Acres, 3,387. Real property, £36,478; of which £4,206 are in mines, £264 in quarries, and £466 in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 8,509; in 1861, 11,640. Houses, 2,045. Pop. of the part in Prescot town, 930; of the part in St. Helens town, 8,012. Crown-glass and earthenware have been extensively manufactured. The chapelries are Christ Church and St. Thomas; the former connected with Prescot town, the latter with St. Helens. Christ Church was constituted in 1838; St. Thomas, in 1839. Pop. of the former, 2,328; of the latter, 8,206. The living of C. is a p. curacy, that of St. T. a vicarage, in the dio. of Chester. Value of C., £110; * of St. T., £300.* Patron of the former, S. Taylor, Esq; of the latter, Trustees. One of the churches is a modern edifice, with a spire. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics, and a national school."

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

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Eccleston area is Knowsley.

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"ECCLESTON, a township in the parish of Prescot, hundred of West Derby, county palatine of Lancaster, half a mile N.E. of Prescot, its post town, and 1½ mile N. of the St. Helen's station on the London and North-Western railway. It contains the villages and hamlets of Lane End, Thattow Heath, and Giller's Green. There are several collieries and quarries. The principal manufactures are glass and earthenware, also watch movements, tools, frames, and tobacco-pipes. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £110. Christ Church is a modern stone edifice, with spire and porch. It has two stained-glass windows, and two monumental marble tablets. The Roman Catholics and Wesleyans have each a chapel. There is a National school for both sexes, also a Wesleyan day school, and Sunday-schools. The principal residence is Eccleston Hall. S. Taylor, Esq., is lord of the manor."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"RAVENHEAD, a hamlet in the chapelry of St. Helen's, and parish of Prescot, county Lancaster, 1 mile S.W. of St. Helen's, and 2 miles N.E. of Prescot. It is situated on the Sankey canal, and is celebrated for its extensive glass works, established in 1773, covering above 20 acres."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Eccleston was a township in the parish of Prescot.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Eccleston 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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