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Hoghton, Lancashire

Historical Description

Hoghton, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish formed from Leyland parish, Lancashire. The village stands on the river Darwen, 5 miles W by S of Blackburn, and has a station on the L. & Y.E., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Preston. The township comprises 2224 acres; population, 923; of ecclesiastical parish, 871.

The manor belongs to the Hoghton family, and has belonged to this family since the tune of Stephen. Hoghton Tower is the seat of the Hoghton family, stands on a rock commanding a magnificent view, and was garrisoned during the Civil Wars of Charles I., and partly blown up accidentally, but afterwards repaired. James I. was entertained here during three days in 1617, issued then the order for the " Book of Sports," and is said to have been so much pleased with a fine loin of beef served up to table that he-knighted it as " Sir Loin," and thus gave rise to the name-by which the joint has ever since been called. There are quarries and two small cotton factories. The parish was constituted in 1842, and is less extensive than the township. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester; gross-value, £140. Patron, the Vicar of Leyland. The church was built about 1824. It was altered in the Perpendicular-style in 1887. 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 parishLeyland 
Poor Law unionChorley 

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 Hoghton from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth West
Postal districtPR5
Post TownPreston