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Breightmet, Lancashire

Historical Description

Breightmet, a township and part of the ecclesiastical parish of Tonge-cum-Breightmet, Lancashire, 2 miles E of Bolton railway station. It has a post and telegraph office under Bolton; money order office, Bury New Road. Acreage of township, 873; population, 1720, The living of Tonge, with Breightmet, is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester; gross value, £330 with residence, alternately in the gift of the Crown and the Bishop of Manchester. There is a modern church and a Wesleyan chapel. In this township there are cotton mills, bleachworks, and a colliery.

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


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

Ancient CountyLancashire 
Civil parishBolton 
Poor Law unionBolton 

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

Church Records, in association with Lancashire Archives, have images of the Parish Registers for Lancashire online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Breightmet from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Lancashire is available to browse.


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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtBL2
Post TownBolton