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Pennington

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PENNINGTON, a township and a chapelry in Leigh parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Wiganand Leigh canal, adjacent to the Bolton and Leigh railway; and contains part of the town of Leigh. Acres, 1,437. Real property, £13,666. Pop. in 1851, 4,573; in 1861, 5,015. Houses, 1,000. Pop. of the Leigh town portion, in 1861, 4,496. Houses, 901. The chapelry includes only a section of the township, and was constituted in 1846. Rated property, £8,229. Pop. in 1861, 2,803. Houses, 531. The property is much sub-divided. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £220.* Patrons, Trustees. The church was built in 1854, and is in the later English style.

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

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Census

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Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"PENNINGTON, a township in the parish of Leigh, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 1 mile S. of Leigh, part of which town is situated within this township The village, which is very considerable, is situated on the Bolton and Kenyon branch of the London and North Western railway. A portion of the inhabitants are employed in the cotton-mills. The neighbourhood abounds in coal and lime of a superior quality. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £200, in the patronage of trustees. The church is a modern structure. There are places of worship for the Wesleyans and Swedenborgians. There is a National school."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Pennington was a township in the parish of Leigh.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Pennington 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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