Farnworth  Lancashire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Farnworth like this:

FARNWORTH, a town, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district in Deane parish and Bolton district, Lancashire. The town stands near the Bolton and Manchester railway, 3 miles SE of Bolton; has a post office‡ under Bolton, and a railway station with telegraph, jointly with Halshaw-Moor, on the railway; publishes a weekly newspaper; is a seat of cotton manufacture, and of the iron trade; is also the place where the late Mr. ...

T. B. Crompton, for some time, carried on one of the largest paper-works in the kingdom; and is regarded, in statistics, as co-extensive with township. Acres of the township, 1, 450. Real property, £26, 684; of which £3, 249 are in mines, £40 in quarries, and £839 in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 6, 389; in 1861, 8, 720. Houses, 1, 720. The property is much subdivided. The increase of pop. arose from the erection of cotton mills and the establishment of foundries. A public park for Bolton is situated at Farnworth; was presented by T. Barnes, Esq., M. P. for Bolton; was inagurated, in 1864, by Mr. Gladstone; and is estimated to be worth nearly £13, 000.—The chapelry includes also the township of Kersley; and was constituted in 1828. Pop., 13, 723. Houses, 2, 714. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £300.* Patrons, Hulme's Trustees. The church is modern, in the pointed style, and cost £8, 000. A tract, with a pop. of 4, 000, was formed, in 1866, into the separate charge of New Bury. There are two Church schools, used as chapels of ease; an Independent chapel, built in 1863, at a cost of £2, 500; a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1862, at a cost of £4, 000; P. Methodist, Swedenborgian, and Roman Catholic chapels; and a national school.—The sub-district is conterminate with the chapelry.

Farnworth through time

Farnworth is now part of Bolton district. Click here for graphs and data of how Bolton has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Farnworth itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Farnworth, in Bolton and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th January 2022

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