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West Leigh

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Westleigh.-- township and ry. sta., Leigh par., SW. Lancashire, in town of Leigh, 1883 ac., pop. 7848; P.O. See LEIGH.

John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)

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Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Wigan library.

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Census

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the West Leigh area is Wigan and Leigh.

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"WESTLEIGH, a township in the parish of Leigh, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 1½ mile N.W. of Leigh, and 11 miles W. of Manchester. The village is a populous suburb of Leigh. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the muslin and silk manufactories, and in the collieries."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 West Leigh was a township in the parish of Leigh.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, West Leigh 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

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