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N.B. There is also another township also called Orrell in the parish of Sefton.

"ORRELL, a village and a township in Wigan parish, Lancashire. The village stands adjacent to the Liverpool and Bury railway, 1 mile S of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and 3 W of Wigan; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post-office under Wigan. The township contains also the village of Far-Moor, and comprises 1,542 acres. Real property, £6,016; of which £260 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 2,762; in 1861, 2,932. Houses, 570. Much of the property belongs to Lord Kingsdown and M. Bankes, Esq. Coal is worked; nail-making is carried on; and there is a cotton mill. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics; a national school at Far-Moor, used also a chapel of ease: and Independent and Roman Catholic schools. A Benedictine nunnery was established at Mount Orrell in 1821."

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


Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Wigan library.




Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Orrell area is Wigan and Leigh.


Description and Travel

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"ORRELL, a township three miles west of Wigan, is famed for its mines of exceLlent coal, and has a peculiar interest attached to it, has having at 'Orrell Mount' an establishment of French Benedictine nuns, under Madame Louise de Levis Mireoix, late of Montargis, in France, who, being driven from their native country by the horrors of the revolution, landed at Brighton on the 18th of October, 1792, and have ever since found an asylum in this country, first at Heath, in Yorkshire, and since 1821 at this place. By their unremitting and successful attention to the education of the youth of the catholic persuasion, and their exemplary deportment, this society has obtained the patronage of many distinguished individuals, and the kindly feelings of all who know the establishment. Orrell township contained, in 1821, 2,106 inhabitants."

Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of the county of Lancashire - Pigot & Co. 1828



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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "ORRELL, a township in the parish of Wigan, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 3 miles W. of Wigan, its post town. It is a station on the W. section of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The village, which is considerable, is situated near the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and on the high road to Ormskirk. In this township are extensive collieries, employing a large portion of the inhabitants. Divine service is performed in the National schoolhouse at Far-Moor. The Independents have a place of worship, and the Roman Catholics a chapel at Serenus Place, with Sunday-schools in connection. A party of Benedictine nuns from France settled at Orrell Mount in 1821."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Orrell was a township in the parish of Wigan.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Orrell 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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