Cronton

CRONTON, a township, in the parish and union of Prescot, hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 3¾ miles (S. S. E.) from Prescot; containing 402 inhabitants. In the 4th year of Elizabeth, this place appears as a manor in the possession of Thomas Holte; and in the reign of James I., it was the property of James Lawton. The Hall belonged to the Wrights for several generations, and was sold by their heirs in 1821. The township comprises 1108 acres, of which 21 are common land or waste: the surface is principally flat; but on the east side is Pex Hill, the residence of Thomas Brancker, Esq., from which a most extensive view is obtained, embracing the Cheshire hills and the Welsh mountains. There is an excellent redstone quarry. The road from Liverpool to Warrington passes through; and the place has the advantage of railway communication by a branch from Huyton on the Liverpool and Manchester line. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for £105, payable to King's College, Cambridge, and the vicarial for £52. 10. The Wesleyans have a place of worship.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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