Ince in Makerfield


"INCE-IN-MAKERFIELD, a township and a chapelry in Wigan parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, and the London and Northwestern railway, 1¼ mile SW of Wigan; and has a station on the L. and Y. railway, and a post office under Wigan, both of the name of Ince. Acres, 2,314. Real property, £69,829; of which £56,920 are in mines, and £30 in the canal. Pop. in 1851, 3,670; in 1861, 8,266. Houses, 1,533. The increase of pop. arose mainly from the extension of mining and manufacturing operations. A fine cannel coal is found; an excellent common coal is very largely worked; and there are extensive iron works, some cotton mills, and chemical works. Ince Hall, formerly the seat of the Gerard family, is a curious, half timbered, ancient structure. The cemetery of Ince, comprising 4 acres, and a cemetery of Wigan, comprising 18 acres, are within the township. The chapelry is nearly conterminate with the township, and was constituted in 1862. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £300. Patrons, Simeon's Trustees. The church was built in 1864, at a cost of £6,000. There are three national schools; two of them built in 1866."

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


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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Ince in Makerfield area is Wigan and Leigh.


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INCE is a township in the parish of Wigan, adjoining to that town upon the east. The manor of Ince anciently belonged to a family of that name, and came into the possession of the Gerards as early as 1259. The present owner of the manor house is Capt. John Walmsley, of Bath, whose father purchased it from a descendant of the Gerards. In 1821 the township of Ince contained nearly 1,400 inhabitants.

Pigot's Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of the county of Lancashire (1828)



The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"INCE-IN-MAKERFIELD, a township in the parish of Wigan, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, adjoining the borough of Wigan. It is a station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire, and is crossed by the London and North-Western railway. The Leeds and Liverpool canal runs through the township. It is celebrated for a species of coal called "cannel," which is found here in large quantities, and the works of which employ a large number of the inhabitants. There are extensive iron and chemical works, and cotton mills, in which a great number of hands are engaged. The principal residence is Ince Hall, formerly the seat of the Gerard family. There are two cemeteries at Ince, one for its own use, and the other belonging to the town of Wigan, situated on either side of the London and North-Western railway. There is a National school."


Historical Geography

In 1835 Ince in Makerfield was a township in the parish of Wigan.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Ince in Makerfield 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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