Duxbury

DUXBURY, a township, in the district chapelry of Adlington, parish of Standish, union of Chorley, hundred of Leyland, N. division of Lancashire, 1½ mile (S. by E.) from Chorley; containing 371 inhabitants. Duxbury gave name at an early period to a family, of whom Adam, in the reign of Edward I., held a moiety of the "town;" but the younger branch of the family of Standish, seated in this parish soon after the Conquest, has held the manor from time immemorial. The township comprises 648 acres, mostly pasture and woodland; the surface is undulated, the soil sand and gravel, fertile and rich, and the scenery picturesque: excellent coal and stone are in abundance. Duxbury is separated from Coppull and Chorley by the river Yarrow, and lies on the road from Bolton to Chorley; the Bolton and Preston railway skirts the township at Yarrow bridge. The Park was the seat of the late Frank Hall Standish, Esq., who bequeathed his library and his collection of paintings to Louis-Philippe, King of the French; it is now the seat of William Standish Standish, Esq., high sheriff of the county in 1846. The tithes have been commuted for £72. 18.

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

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