Withnell, Lancashire

Historical Description

Withnell, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in Leyland parish, Lancashire, The township lies 6 miles SW of Blackburn and 8 from Preston, includes Brinscall and Abbey Mill villages, and the hamlets of Roddlesworth and Ollerton, and has a station on the L. & N.W.R., and a post office under Chorley; money order and telegraph office, Brinscall. Acreage, 3628; population, 2779. The manor with Ollerton Hall belongs to the Park family. A reservoir of the Liverpool waterworks is in this township. There are cotton mills, calico-printing works, bleaching mills, paper mills, and quarries. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1842. Population, 2831. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester; net value, £166 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Leyland. The church consists of nave and western tower. There are Wesleyan, Free Methodist, and Roman Catholic chapels, and there is a chapel of ease at Brinscall.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


Ancient County Lancashire
Hundred Leyland
Poor Law union Chorley

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Withnell from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


Online maps of Withnell are available from a number of sites:

Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
Google Streetview.
National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Lancashire newspapers online: