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SCARISBRICK, a village, a township-chapelry, and a sub-district, in Ormskirk parish and district, Lancashire. The village stands on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 3 miles N W of Ormskirk r. station; and has a post-office under Ormskirk. The chapelry contains also the hamlets of Bescar and Snape-Green. Acres, 8,377. Real property, £13,752; of which £23 are in quarries. Pop., 2,112. Houses, 363. The manor, with S. Hall, belongs to Lady Scarisbrick. The living is annexed to Ormskirk. The church is in the later English style. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics, an endowed school with £18 a year, and charities £19. The sub-district contains also Burscough township, and comprises 13,336 acres. Pop., 4,573. Houses, 841.

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

  • "SCARISBRICK, a township in the parish of Ormskirk, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 3 miles N.W. of Ormskirk, its post town, and near the Burscough railway station. The village, which is large, is situated on the Leeds canal. The township includes a part of Martin-Mere, which was drained in 1799 by Mr. Eccleston. The soil is of a loamy and sandy nature, with a subsoil of sand. There are brick kilns. The living is a curacy annexed to the vicarage of Ormskirk, in the diocese of Chester. The church is dedicated to St. Mark. The interior of the church contains a carved pulpit. The parochial charities produce about £18 per annum. There is a National school for boys, also British and Foreign schools. The Wesleyans and Roman Catholics have each a place of worship. Among the principal seats are Dummersdale, Gorsuch Hall, Biglake, Heskin Hall, Hurlston Hall, Fairlake, and Scarisbrick Hall-which last is an ancient mansion situated in a park; the hall contains some pictures by Martin and other masters, and is now the seat of C. Scarisbrick, Esq., who is lord of the manor and holds a court-leet annually."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Scarisbrick was a township in the parish of Ormskirk.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Scarisbrick 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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