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GOOSNARGH, a township and a chapelry in Kirkham parish, Lancashire. The township is conjoint with Newsham; lies near the Lancaster and Preston railway, 3 miles NE of Barton and Broughton r. station, and 6¾ NNE of Preston; and has a post office, of the name of Goosnargh, under Preston. Acres, 9,290. Real property, £10,275. Pop., 1,307. Houses, 256. The chapelry excludes Newsham, but includes Whittingham and Inglewhite. Rated property, £8,031. Pop., 1,171. The property is much subdivided. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150.* Patron; Christ Church, Oxford. The church is old but good; and consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with square tower. There are chapels for Independents and Roman Catholics. Bushell's hospital for decayed gentry, with an edifice resembling a mansion, has £855 from endowment; a grammar school has £65; the Whitechapel schools have £42; and other charities have £111 .

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

  • "GOOSNARGH, a chapelry in the parish of Kirkham, hundred of Amounderness, county palatine Lancaster, 6 miles N.E. of Preston, its post town. The Broughton station on the Lancaster and Preston branch of the London and North-Western line is about 3 miles from the village. The chapelry, which comprises above 10,000 acres, includes the hamlets of Inglewhite and Newsham, also the township of Whittingham. The land is divided between arable and pasture, with a small tract of moorland. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of Christ Church, Oxford. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The register dates back to the early part of the 17th century. The endowments form an aggregate of upwards of £1,000 per annum. The principal building is Goosnargh Hospital, founded by Dr. Bushell in 1735 for decayed gentlefolks of this neighbourhood professing the Protestant faith. It has a yearly income of about £850. The Independents and Roman Catholics have chapels, and there are two free schools, one having an endowment of £65, and the other £42. Cattle fairs are held on Rogation Tuesday, 25th April, and 5th October."

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  • "WHITECHAPEL, a chapelry in the parish of Kirkham, hundred of Amounderness, county Lancaster, 6 miles S.E. of Garstang."

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

  • WHITECHAPEL, a chapelry in Kirkham parish, Lancashire; 5 miles SSE of Garstang r. station. It was constituted in 1846; and its Post town is Preston. Pop., 646. Houses, 129. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £156. Patron, Christchurch, Oxford. The church is tolerable. (See more)

Historical Geography

In 1835 Goosnargh was a township in the parish of Kirkham. Information about boundaries and administrative areas is available from A Vision of Britain through time.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Goosnargh was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.