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Rishton, Lancashire

Historical Description

Rishton, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish. in Blackburn parish, Lancashire. The village stands near a section of the L. & Y.E. and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, 3 miles NE by E of Blackburn, and has a station on the railway and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Blackburn. The township contains also the hamlet of Tottleworth and Cunliffe, and comprises 2982 acres, of which 60 are water; population, 6010. It is governed by a district council. The manor belongs to the Petre family. There are a large cotton factory, several weaving sheds, a large reservoir, a paper mill, quarries, a colliery, and firebrick works. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1874. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester; net value, £300 with residence. The church, erected in 1873-74, is in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, transepts, aisles, and western tower. There are Congregational, Wesleyan, Free, and Primitive Methodist chapels, Conservative and Liberal clubs, and a mechanics' institute.

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 parishBlackburn 
Poor Law unionBlackburn 

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 Rishton 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

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtBB1
Post TownBlackburn