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PLEASINGTON, a township in Blackburn parish, Lancashire; on the river Darwen, and on the East Lancashire railway, 3 miles W by S of Blackburn. It has a station on the railway ; a Roman Catholic chapel, built in 1819, at a cost of more than £20,000; and an endowed school, with £10 a year. Acres, 1,600. Real property, £3,414; of which £155 are in quarries. The manor, with P. Hall, belongs to J. B. Bowden, Esq. P. Hall is a modern mansion in the Grecian style. P. Old Hall was built in 1587, and was a fine mansion, but is now a farm-house. Feniscowles Hall is the seat of Sir W. H. Feilden, Bart.

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


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Civil Registration

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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "PLEASINGTON, a township in the parish of Blackburn, lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, county Lancaster, 2½ miles S.W. of Blackburn. It is a station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The village, which is of small extent and irregularly built, is situated on a height. The inhabitants are wholly engaged in agriculture. There is a Roman Catholic chapel, called Pleasington Priory, and dedicated to SS. Mary and John; it was erected at an outlay of £20,000, defrayed by the late John Francis Butler, Esq., and was opened in 1819. There is an endowed free school. Pleasington Hall and Feniscowles Hall are the principal residences. J. B. Bowden, Esq., is lord of the manor."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Pleasington was a township in the parish of Blackburn.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Pleasington 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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