Lower Darwen


DARWEN (Lower), a township and a chapelry in Blackburn parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Blackburn and Bolton railway, 2 miles S by E of Blackburn; and has a post office under Blackburn, and a r. station. Acres, 2, 490. Real property, £10,322. Pop., 3,301. Houses, 623. There are cotton-mills, extensive paper-works, and some other manufactories. The chapelry was constituted in 1842. Pop. 2,081. The living is a vicarage in the dio. of Manchester. Value, £150. Patron, the Vicar of Blackburn. The church was built in 1830, at a cost of £5,491. There are a Wesleyan chapel and three public schools.

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


Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Darwen library.


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Lower Darwen area is Blackburn.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"LOWER DARWEN, a township in the parish of Blackburn, lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, in the county of Lancaster 2½ miles S.E. of Blackburn. The living is a perpetual curacy- in the diocese of Manchester, value £150 in the patronage of the vicar. A chapel was erected by the Parliamentary Commissioners in 1829, at the cost of £5,500.


Historical Geography

In 1835 Lower Darwen was a township in the parish of Blackburn.

Information about boundaries and administrative areas is available from A Vision of Britain through time.

You can see the administrative areas in which Lower Darwen has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.




View maps of Lower Darwen and places within its boundaries.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD692256 (Lat/Lon: 53.726286, -2.468496), Lower Darwen which are provided by:


Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Lower Darwen 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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