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SKELMERSDALE, a village and a township-chapelry in Ormskirk parish, Lancashire. The village stands in the E neighbourhood of Blaguegate r. station, and 4½ miles ESE of Ormskirk; and gives the title of Baron to the family of Bootle-Wilbraham. The chapelry contains also Blaguegate village, which has a post-office under Ormskirk. Acres, 1,920. Real property, £5,253; of which £1,000 are in mines, and £19 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 760; in 1861, 1,028. Houses, 196. Pop. in 1868, above 3,000. The manor belongs to Lord Skelmersdale. S. Hall is the seat of R. Thomas, Esq. Coal is worked, and bricks are made. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Chester. Value, £175.* Patron, the Vicar of Ormskirk. The church was built in 1796, and enlarged in 1823. There are two Wesleyan chapels, one of them built in 1866, a recently erected Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed school with £51 a year, and charities £37.

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

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Archives & Libraries

Central Library,
Southway,
Skelmersdale
WN8 6NL

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Skelmersdale area is West Lancashire.

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"SKELMERSDALE, a chapelry in the parish of Ormskirk, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 4½ miles S.E. of Ormskirk, its post town, and 3 N.W. of Pimbo-lane railway station. The village is chiefly agricultural. Many of the inhabitants are engaged in the collieries and stone quarries. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £142, in the patronage of the Vicar of Ormskirk. The church, dedicated to St. Paul, has a tower and bell. It was built about the year 1776, and enlarged in 1823. In the interior is a painted E. window, and some monuments to the Skelmersdale family. The parochial charities produce about £79 per annum, of which £51 goes to Swift's school. The Wesleyans have two places of worship. This place gives title of baron to the Wilbrahams of Lathom, to whom the manor belongs."

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Historical Geography

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

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Skelmersdale 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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