GRESSINGHAM, a township-chapelry in Lancaster parish, Lancashire; on the river Lune, 2 miles NW of Hornby r. station, and 8 NE of Lancaster. It includes Eskrigg hamlet; and its post town is Hornby, under Lancaster. Acres, 1, 934. Real property, £2,244. Pop. in 1851, 187; in 1861, 158. Houses, 34. The decrease of pop. was caused partly by the removal of an academy. The property is subdivided. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £80. * Patron, the Vicar of Lancaster. The church is ancient, of various dates; and was partially rebuilt in 1861.

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


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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"GRESSINGHAM, a township and chapelry in the parish of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county palatine Lancaster, 8 miles N.E. of the city of Lancaster, its post town. The Hornby station on the London and North-Western railway is 2 miles S.E. of the village. It is situated on the river Lyme, and includes the hamlet of Eskrigg. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £80, in the patronage of the vicar. The chapel is built of stone, with a handsome Norman porch. There are charities of about £2 yearly value, and a parochial school for boys and girls. Red Well is a chalybeate spring in the neighbourhood."


Historical Geography

In 1835 Gressingham was a township in the parish of Lancaster.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Gressingham 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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