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RISHTON, a village and a township in Blackburn parish, Lancashire. The village stands near the East Lancashire railway and the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 3½ miles N E by E of Blackburn; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Blackburn. The township contains also the hamlet of Tottleworth, and comprises 2,760 acres. Real property, £6,044; of which £1,128 are in mines and £231 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 800; in 1861, 1,198. Houses, 215. The manor belongs to H. Petre, Esq. There are a large cotton factory, a large reservoir, collieries, and fire-brick works.

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

  • "RISHTON, a township in the parish of Blackburn, lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, county Lancaster, 3 miles N.E. of Blackburn. It is a station on the East Lancashire railway. The village, which is considerable, is situated on the Blackburn and Burnley turnpike-road, and near the Leeds and Liverpool canal. There is an extensive reservoir. A portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the collieries, stone-quarries, and in the neighbouring cotton-mills. Fire-bricks are made in this township. The soil consists of peat sand and clay, with a subsoil of stone and clay. Henry Petre, Esq., is lord of the manor."

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Historical Geography

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

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Rishton 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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