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This is the Farnworth near Widnes. See also Farnworth in Deane.

"FARNWORTH, a village, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Prescot parish and district, Lancashire. The village stands near the St. Helen's and Runcorn Gap railway, 2¾ miles N by E of Runcorn Gap, and 4¾ SE of Prescot; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Warrington. The chapelry is partly in Warrington district; and was constituted in 1859. Pop. of the Warrington d. part, 1,539; of the whole, 6,447. Houses in the W. d. part, 283; in the whole, 1,191. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £300.* Patron, the Vicar of Prescot. The church is ancient, and was recently restored. Another church, at Widnes Dock, was built in 1858, and designed with a view to enlargement. There is a free gammar-school. William Smith, the founder of Brasenose college, Oxford, and bishop of Lincoln, was born in this chapelry, at Peel House.-The sub-district comprises the townships of Widnes, Cronton, Ditton, and Bold. Acres, 10,861. Pop., 8,879. Houses, 1,599."

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




Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Farnworth area is Halton.


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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "FARNWORTH, a chapelry in the parish of Prescot, hundred of West Derby, county palatine Lancaster, 4 miles S.E. of Prescot, and 82 N.W. of Warrington, its post town. It includes the townships of Bold, Cronton, Ditton, and Widness. The St. Helens and Lancashire and Yorkshire railway has a station here. Sailcloth, canvas, and watch movements are manufactured in this neighbourhood. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £172, in the gift of the vicar of the parish. The church is an ancient structure, with handsome E. window, dedicated to St. Luke. The grammar school founded by Bishop Smith in the reign of Henry VIII. has an endowment of £50 per annum. In the vicinity are a number of respectable residences."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Farnworth was a chapelry in the township of Widnes, in the parish of Prescot.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Farnworth 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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