Higher Booths


BOOTHS (Higher), a township in Whalley parish, Lancashire; on the Manchester and Accrington railway, near the Baxenden station, 5 miles SSW of Burnley. Acres, 2,000. Real property, £21,097; of which £6,189 are in mines. Pop., 5,131. Houses, 968. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in cotton factories and in collieries.

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


Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Rawtenstall library.


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Higher Booths area is Hyndburn and Rossendale.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"HIGHER BOOTH'S, a township in the parish of Whalley, and hundred of Blackburn, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles to the S.W. of Burnley. The inhabitants are principally employed in the cotton manufacture and the neighbouring coal-mines.

"GOODSHAW, a chapelry in the parish of Whalley, hundred of Blackburn, county palatine of Lancaster, 2 miles N.E. of Haslingden. Rawtenstall is its post town. It includes the township of Higher Booth. The people are employed in the cotton mills, calico-printing, stone quarries, and collieries. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150. The church is a stone edifice, built in the 16th century. It is dedicated to All Saints. The Baptists, Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists, have places of worship, and there is a National school."

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales - 1870-2

GOODSHAW, a chapelry in Whalley parish, Lancashire, 2 miles NE of Haslingden r. station. It was constituted in 1850; and its post town is Rawtenstall, under Manchester. Rated property, £12,204. Pop., 4,808. Houses, 902. The property is much subdivided. There are cotton factories, calico printing works, collieries, and quarries. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150. Patrons, Hulme's Trustees. The church dates from 1530; was rebuilt in 1829; and has an old stone font. There are chapels for Baptists, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, a mechanics' institute, and a national school.

Historical Geography

In 1835 Higher Booths was a township in the parish of Whalley.

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, Higher Booths 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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