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RAINFORD, a village, a township-chapelry, and a sub-district, in Prescot parish and district, Lancashire. The village stands on the Ormskirk and St. Helens railway, 1 mile S S E of that railway 's intersection by the Liverpool and Wigan railway, and 4¼ miles N W by N of St. Helens; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under St. Helens. The chapelry comprises 5,803 acres. Real property, £12,623; of which £3,280 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 2,333; in 1861, 2,784. Houses, 478. The increase of pop. arose from the opening of new collieries. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Earl of Derby. R. Hall, Mount Pleasant, and the Rookery are chief residences. Much of the land is reclaimed morass. Tobacco-pipemaking is largely carried on. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Chester. Value, £135.* Patron, the Vicar of Prescot. The church is a plain building, with a belfry. There are an Independent chapel, an endowed school for boys, and a national school for girls. The sub-district is conterminate with the chapelry.

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


Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at St.Helens library.




Church Records

The registers of the parish church, All Saints, have been published by the Lancashire Parish Register Society as follows.

  • Volume 119 - Mar 1704-1812, Bap & Bur 1702-1812.

Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Rainford area is St Helens.


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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "RAINFORD, a chapelry in the parish of Prescot, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 6 miles N.E. of Prescot, its post town, and 4½ from St. Helen's. It is a station on the W. section of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. A considerable portion of the land now drained was formerly a morass. There are tobacco-pipe and crucible manufactories. The village is considerable. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £135, in the patronage of the Vicar of Prescot. The church, which was built as a chapel-of-ease to Prescot, is an ancient edifice. The charities produce about £30 per annum, which goes towards the support of a school."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Rainford was a township in the parish of Prescot.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Rainford 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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