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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
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Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Breightmet from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Breightmet, or Brightmead)
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:
- 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
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