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WALTON-ON-THE-HILL, a village and a township in West Derby district, and a parish partly also in Ormskirk district, Lancashire. The village stands near the Liverpool and Ormskirk railway, 3 miles N of Liverpool; and has a post-office under Liverpool, and a r. station. The township comprises 1,886 acres. Real property, £20,570; of which £100 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 2,469; in 1861, 3,598, of whom 679 were in Liverpool borough jail. Houses, 527. Villas are numerous, and in great variety. The Liverpool jail was erected between 1851 and 1861, and has capacity for 627 male and 429 female prisoners. A workhouse, on a site of 22 acres, was erected in 1864, at a cost of £33,000. A cemetery at Anfield comprises nearly 120 acres. The parish contains also Everton, Kirkdale, Bootle-cum-Linacre, Fazakerley, Kirkby, Simonswood, and Formby townships; includes considerable part of Liverpool borough; and is ecclesiastically divided into 36 sections, one of which is Walton-Breck in W. township, and the others of which are noticed in our articles on the other townships and on Edgehill and Liverpool. Acres, 29,233; of which 9,600 are water. Pop. in 1851, 46,302; in 1861, 85,058. Houses, 14,113. The head living, or St. Mary's, is a rectory and a vicarage, and the living of W.-Breck or Trinity is a p. curacy, in the diocese of Chester. Value of St. M., £1,300;* of T., £230. Patron of St. M., J. S. Leigh, Esq.; of T., J. Stock, Esq. St. Mary's church is Tudor; and that of Trinity is recent. There are several dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed school with £47 a year, three national schools, and charities £309.

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

  • "STANLEY, a hamlet in the district parish of St. Anne's, borough of Liverpool, county Lancaster, 2 miles E. of Liverpool. It contains the cattle market."

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  • "WALTON-ON-THE-HILL, a parish in the hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 3 miles N.E. of Liverpool. It is a junction station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. This parish, comprising 24,650 acres, includes the townships of Aintree, Bootle, Everton, Edgehill, Fazerkerly, Formby, Kirkby, Kirkdale, with its sessions house, Toxteth Park, West Derby, Stanley, and Simonswood, already mentioned under their several headings. In consequence of its proximity to the river Mersey and the Leeds canal, this place has recently vastly increased in population, forming an extensive suburban district to Liverpool, within which borough it is partly included."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 the parish of Walton on the Hill contained the townships of Walton on the Hill, Formby, Everton, Bootle and Linacre, Kirkdale, Fazakerley, Kirkby, and West Derby.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Walton on the Hill 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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