LANCASHIRE, a maritime county, situated on the western coast, and bounded on the north by the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, on the east by Yorkshire, on the south by Cheshire, and on the west by the Irish sea. It extends from 53° 20' to 54° 25' (N. Lat.), and trom 2° 3' to 3° 13' (W. Lon.); and contains 1831 square miles, or 1,171,840 statute acres. Within the limits of the county are 289,184 houses inhabited, 23,639 uninhabited, and 3680 in progress of erection; and the population amounts to 1,667,054, of whom 814,847 are males, and 852,207 females. The name of this county is a contraction of Lancaster-shire.
Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.