Great Eccleston


ECCLESTON (Great), a township in St. Michael-on-Wyre parish, Lancashire; on the river Wyre, 5½ miles SW of Garstang. It has a post office under Garstang. Acres, 1,412. Real property, £3,637. Pop., 641. Houses, 141. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics. See Copp.

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


Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Garstang library.


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Great Eccleston area is Lancaster.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"COPP, a village in the parish of St. Michael-on-Wyre, in the county of Lancaster, 3 miles S. of Garstang. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £190, in the patronage of the Vicar of St. Michael."

"GREAT ECCLESTON, a township and ecclesiastical district in the parish of St. Michael-on-Wyre, hundred of Amounderness, county palatine of Lancaster, 6 miles S.W. of Garstang, its post town, and 6½ N.E. of Poulton. It is situated on the river Wyre. The abundance of rushes growing in this neighbourhood affords employment to a great many of the inhabitants in preparing them for market. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £130, in the patronage of the vicar. The church is an ancient brick structure, called Cop Chapel. The Roman Catholics, Wesleyans, and Methodists have each a chapel. There is an endowed, parochial school for boys and girls, also a Catholic day school. Fairs are held on the 14th April, Trinity Monday, and the 4th November.


Historical Geography

In 1835 Great Eccleston was a township in the parish of St. Michaels.

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, Great Eccleston 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.



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