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READ, a township in Whalley parish, Lancashire; 2 miles E of Whalley r. station. Acres, 1,490. Real property, £2,982. Pop., 531. Houses, 101. Read Hall is the seat of R. Fort, Esq. There are a cotton-mill and a national school.

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

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Census

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Read area is Ribble Valley.

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"READ, a township in the parish of Whalley, higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, county Lancaster, 4 miles N.W. of Burnley, 5 S.E. of Clitheroe, and 2 E. of the Whalley railway station. It is situate on the road from Padiham to Whalley. The soil consists of loam and clay, with a subsoil of shale. There is a National school. Dean Nowell, composer of the Church Catechism, was born here in 1506, and died in 1602."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Read was a township in the parish of Whalley.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Read 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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Societies

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