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Halliwell, Lancashire

Historical Description

Halliwell, a village and a township in Lancashire. The village stands 2 miles WNW of Bolton town, has a station on the L. & Y.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bolton. The greater part of the township is in the county borough of Bolton. Acreage, 2480; population, 16, 525. The manor belonged formerly to the Eadcliffes, the Bartons, the Fauconhergs, and the Byroms, and belongs now to the Ainsworths. SmithilTs Hall is the seat of the Ains-worth family, stands beside a lovely glen, and has, near the dining-room, a natural discoloration resembling a human footprint, fabled to have been impressed, in 1555, by George Marsh, the martyr. The township is named from an ancient holy well, has fine views, and contains great bleachworks and several large cotton mills. It is divided into four ecclesiastical parishes-viz., St Peter and St Paul, constituted in 1840 and 1848, and St Thomas and St Luke, constituted in 1875 and 1876. Population of St Peter, 1737; St Paul, 2681; St Thomas, 6888; and St Luke, 6467. The livings of St Peter and St Paul are vicarages in the diocese of Manchester, and of St Thomas and St Luke perpetual curacies. Net value of St Peter's,, £300 with residence; net value of St Paul's, £360 with residence; net value of St Thomas,, £295; gross value of St Luke, £300. The Church of St Paul was built in 1848, and that of St Peter, built in 1838, is in the Early English style, and has a tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishDeane 
Poor Law unionBolton 

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Land and Property

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RegionNorth West
Postal districtBL1
Post TownBolton