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ELTON, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Bury district, Lancashire. The township is in Bury parish; lies adjacent to the Bury and Bolton and Bury and Haslingden railways, 1¾ mile WSW of Bury; and contains Starling and Summerseat. Post town, Bury, Lancashire. Acres, 2,521. Real property, £36,105; of which £1,680 are in mines, £50 in quarries, and £1,702 in gas-works. Pop., 8,172. Houses, 1,494. The cotton, the paper, and the iron trades are carried on; and an increase of population in the decade ending in 1861 arose from the prosperity of these trades, and from the advantages of railway and canal communication. The chapelry is less extensive than the township, and was constituted in 1843. Pop., 7,716. Houses, 1,394. The living is a vicarage in the dio. of Manchester. Value, £300.* Patron, the Rector of Bury. The church is an edifice in the Norman style. The sub-district excludes the part of the township not in the chapelry, and includes part of another Bury township, and parts of two other parishes. Acres, 3,817. Pop., 9,584. Houses, 1,745.

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

  • "ELTON, a township in the parish of Bury, hundred of Salford, county palatine of Lancaster, 1 mile from Bury, of which it may be considered a suburb. It is situated close to the Yorkshire and Lancashire railway, and the two places, Starling and Summerseat, are included in the township. Here are chemical works, and cotton is largely manufactured. Bleaching and dyeing are also carried on. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £230, in the patronage of the rector. The church is a fine stone edifice of Norman architecture, dedicated to All Saints. There is a National school for both sexes, and a large Sunday-school."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Elton was a township in the parish of Bury.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Elton 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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