ECCLESHILL, a township, in the parish and union of Blackburn, Lower division of the wapentake of Blackburn, N. division of Lancashire, 3¼ miles (S. S. E.) from Blackburn; containing 510 inhabitants. This place was anciently called Ockleshill, and the family of Langton were connected with it in the reign of Edward II.: in that of Richard II. the Molyneuxs held the lordship; and subsequently the Grimshaws, of Clayton, held a moiety, if not the whole manor. The township lies on the road from Blackburn to Bury, which passes through the village. There are a cottonmill, and a brown-ware pottery. The great tithes have been commuted for £78.