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Wray with Botton

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WRAY, a village, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Lancaster district, Lancashire. The village stands 1 mile ESE of Hornby r. station, and 10 NE of Lancaster; and has a post-office under Lancaster, and cattle fairs on Shrove Tuesday and 30 April. The township includes Botton hamlet, and comprises 6,506 acres. Real property, £4,072; of which £40 are in mines. Pop., 797. Houses, 154. The property is subdivided. The chapelry was constituted in 1842; and is in Melling parish. Pop., 878. Houses, 168. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £60.* Patrons, Trustees. The church was built in 1840. There are two Methodist chapels, a free school, and a subscription library. The sub-district contains six townships of Melling parish, and all Tatham. Acres, 28,953. Pop., 2,270. Houses, 447.

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

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Civil Registration

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"WRAY, a township and ecclesiastical district in the parish of Melling, hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county Lancaster, 10 miles N.E. of Lancaster, and 1 mile from Hornby railway station; there is also a station on the Lytham branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway at Wray Green. (The gazetteer has got this wrong, Wrea Green is a township in the parish of Kirkham 30 miles away). The township includes the hamlet of Botton. The village is situated on the junction of the two small streams, Hindburn and Roeburn, and contains a silk mill and a manufactory. The living is a perpetual curacy, value £50, in the patronage of trustees. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Fairs are held on Shrove Tuesday and 30th April for cattle."

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"BOTTON, a hamlet in the parish of Melling, and hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, in the county of Lancaster, 10 miles N.E. of Lancaster. It is situated near the river Hindburn and the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the silk mills and nail manufacture."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Wray with Botton was a township in the parish of Melling.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Wray was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.

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