Bedford Leigh, Lancashire Genealogy

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Bedford Leigh St Thomas

Chapelry History

Bedford Leigh St Thomas was created as a chapelry from, and lying within the parish of Leigh St Mary's by 1841.  It was replaced by the present church in 1909. The church is built of Accrington red brick with Runcorn red sandstone facings, it was designed by J. S. Crowther.

"BEDFORD, a district chapelry, in the parish and union of Leigh, hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, ½ a mile (E. S. E.) from Leigh; containing 4187 inhabitants. It lies on the road from Leigh to Warrington, and is of level surface; the soil is of various qualities. The Messrs. Bickham and Pownall have a very large silk power-loom mill on the banks of the Bridgewater canal, established in

184[1], and in connexion with which they employ, in and out of doors, more than 1000 persons. There are four cotton-mills, an iron-wire and machine mill, and a brewery: four collieries, also, are in operation. The church, dedicated to St. Thomas, was erected in 1840, at an expense of £3000, and is a neat structure of brick, with a tower. The living is a perpetual curacy, with a net income of £150; patron, the Vicar of Leigh. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics."

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 188-194. URL: Date accessed: 25 June 2010.


Civil Registration

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Poor Law Unions

Leigh, Lancashire Poor Law Union

Probate records

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