LONGTON, a village, a township-chapelry, and a subdistrict, in Preston district, Lancashire. The village stands adjacent to the head of the Ribble's estuary, 3½ miles W of Preston-Junction r. station, and 5 SW of Preston; is about 2 miles long; and has a post office under Preston. The chapelry comprises 3,132 acres of land, and 560 of water; and is in Penwortham parish. Real property, £6,784. Pop., 1,637. Houses, 310. The property is much subdivided. Malting is largely carried on; and there are two breweries. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £190. Patron, L. Rawstorne, Esq. The church was built in 1770, and is a good brick structure. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a free grammar school, and charities £29. The sub-district comprises the parishes of Penwortham and Hoole. Acres, 14,240. Pop., 6,620. Houses, 1,204.

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


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Civil Registration

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"LONGTON, a chapelry in the parish of Penwortham, hundred of Leyland, county palatine of Lancaster, 4 miles S.W. of Preston, its post town. It is situated on the bank of the river Ribble. The village is a straggling place, about 2 miles in length, through which the old road from Liverpool to Preston passes. The district for the most part is agricultural. There are malt-kilns and a brewery. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £148. The chapel is a brick structure of the last century. There is a free grammar school, open to all, having an endowment of £30. The other charities produce in all about £48 per annum. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have chapels."


Historical Geography

In 1835 Longton was a township in the parish of Penwortham.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Longton 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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