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TOCKHOLES, a township and a chapelry in Blackburn parish, Lancashire. The township lies 3 miles SSW of Blackburn r. station. Acres, 2,050. Real property, £2,546. Pop. in 1851, 939; in 1861, 820. Houses, 164. The manor belongs to E. Shorrock, Esq. Two skirmishes occurred here in the civil wars of Charles I. The chapelry was constituted in 1842. Post town, Blackburn. Pop. in 1861, 2,542. Houses, 504. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £160. Patron, the Vicar of Blackburn. The church was rebuilt in 1833. There are an Independent chapel and two national schools.

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


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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "TOCKHOLES, a township and chapelry in the parish and hundred of Blackburn, county Lancaster, 3 miles S.W. of Blackburn, its post town, and 7 from Chorley. The village is situated near the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and the road from Blackburn to Manchester. In the valley of the Raddlesworth rivulet the soil is principally marl, but a considerable portion of the upland is in moorland. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the weaving of cotton and in the print-works. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of the Vicar of Blackburn. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, was rebuilt in 1833. The parochial charities produce about £1 per annum. There is a National school, at which a Sunday-school is also held. The Independents have a chapel. The representatives of the late E. Shorrock, Esq., are lords oft] a manor. It is supposed to have been the scene of a skirmish between the royalists and parliamentarians in the reign of Charles I., from the number of cannon-balls found here."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Tockholes was a chapelry and township in the parish of Blackburn.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Tockholes 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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