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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Lancashire
Civil parish Leyland
Hundred Leyland
Poor Law union Chorley

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