HAPTON, a township in Whalley parish, Lancashire; on the East Lancashire railway and on the Liverpool and Leeds canal, 3 miles WSW of Burnley. It has a station on the railway. Acres, 3,570. Real property, £8,634; of which £4,520 are in mines, and £300 in quarries. Pop. in l851, 550; in 1861, 1,003. Houses, 177. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of cotton spinning. There are also chemical works. Old seats here belonged to the Haberghams and the Shuttleworths; and the chief property now belongs to Charles Townley, Esq. There is an endowed school; and the schoolroom is used for religions worship.
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
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"HAPTON, a township in the parish of Whalley, higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, county Lancaster, 2 miles S. of Padiham, and 4 W. of Burnley. It is situated on the high road from Accrington to Burnley, and near the Leeds and Liverpool canal. The Lancashire and Yorkshire railway passes through the township, and has a station in the village. The soil is light, and most of the inhabitants are employed in agriculture. A great number of hands are engaged in the cotton and chemical works, and in the stone quarries. There is an endowed school, but neither church nor chapel."
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