Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for KERSALL

KERSALL, a village and a chapelry in Manchester parish, Lancashire. The village stands in the vale of the Irwell, near the Manchester and Bolton railway, amid picturesque scenery, 3 miles NNW of Manchester. The surrounding property belonged anciently to the Kersall family; was given by them to monks, who had here a cell or hermitage; passed, at the Reformation, to Baldwin Willoughby; and went afterwards to the Kenyons, the Levers, the Stanleys, and the Byroms. A member of the last of these families was John Byrom, poet and stenographer, born here in 1691. Kersall moor, in the neighbourhood, was converted into the Manchester racecourse in 1730; and the races there are computed to have been not unfrequently attended by 150, 000 persons.—The chapelry bears the name of Kersall Moor, and was constituted in 1854. Post town, Manchester. Pop., 976. Houses, 152. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester. Value, not reported.* Patrons, Trustees. Schools were founded in 1860.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a chapelry"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Manchester CP/AP       Lancashire AncC
Place: Kersall

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