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Over Wyresdale

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WYERSDALE (Over), a township-chapelry in Lancaster parish, Lancashire; on the river Wyre, 4¾ miles E by N of Bay-Horse r. station, and 7 SE of Lancaster. Post town, Lancaster. Acres, 16,938. Real property, £4,728. Pop. in 1851, 680; in 1861, 524. Houses, 90. The decrease of pop. arose from the destruction, by fire, of a cotton factory. The manor belongs to H. Garnett, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £170.* Patron, the Vicar of Lancaster. The church is plain. There are Quaker and Wesleyan chapels, and an endowed school.

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


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Local studies information is held at Lancaster library.


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Over Wyresdale area is Lancaster.


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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "OVER WYRESDALE, a chapelry in the parish of Lancaster, hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county Lancaster, 6 miles N.E. of Garstang, and 9 S.E. of Lancaster. The district was once forest, but is now chiefly open moor and fell abounding with game. It is situated on the York border near the river Wyer, and belongs to the Duchy of Lancaster. The living is a curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of the vicar. There is a school founded and endowed by William Cawthorne in 1683, and a school supported by the Society of Friends.

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Over Wyresdale was a township in the parish of Lancaster.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Over Wyresdale was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


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