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SHARPLES, a township and a sub-district in Bolton-le-Moors parish, Bolton district, Lancashire. The town-ship lies 2½ miles N of Bolton; and contains the villages of Banktop, Sweet-Loves, High-Houses, Gale, Folds, Belmont, Piccadilly, Water-Meetings, Old Houses, and part of Astley-Bridge. Acres, 3,920. Real property, £14,697; of which £302 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 3,904; in 1861, 3,294. Houses, 697. There are cotton mills, calico print-works, extensive bleach-works, large reservoirs of Bolton water-works, the churches of Belmont and Astley-Bridge, Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, and national and British schools. The sub-district contains also the higher end or detached part of Little Bolton township. Pop. with S. township, in 1861, 4,243. Houses, 872.

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

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Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Bolton library.

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Cemeteries

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Census

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Churches

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Sharples area is Bolton.

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"SHARPLES, a township in the parish of Bolton-le-Moors, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 2 miles N. of Bolton. This populous township comprises the villages of Astley Bridge, Bank Top, and several others. In the vicinity are the Birton waterworks for supplying the town of Bolton. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the cotton mills and bleaching establishments. The substratum abounds in coal."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"SWEET LOVES, a village in the township of Sharples, parish of Bolton-le-Moors, county Lancaster, 3 miles N. of Bolton. The inhabitants are employed in the neighbouring collieries and cotton mills."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"PICCADILLY, a village in the township of Sharples, parish of Bolton le Moors, county Lancaster, 2 miles N. of Bolton-le-Moors."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"OLDHAMS, a village in the township of Sharples, parish of Bolton le Moors, county Lancaster, 4 miles E. of Chorley."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"FOLDS, a village in the township of Sharples, parish of Bolton le Moors, county palatine Lancaster, 5 miles E. of Chorley."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"BELMONT, a hamlet in the parish of Bolton-le-Moors, hundred of Salford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 4 miles from Chorley. The living is a perpetual curacy, of the value of £120, in the patronage of the Vicar of Bolton."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"BANK-TOP, (or Hill-top), a village in the township of Sharples, and parish of Bolton-le-Moors, in the hundred of Salford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 4 miles to the N. of Bolton."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"ASTLEY-BRIDGE, a hamlet in the chapelry of Sharples, parish of Bolton-le-Moors, and hundred of Salford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles to the N. of Bolton, its post town. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the gift of the crown and the Bishop of Manchester."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Sharples was a township in the parish of Bolton.

You can see the administrative areas in which Sharples has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD687156 (Lat/Lon: 53.636337, -2.475346), Sharples which are provided by:

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Sharples 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

You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.