Place:Golborne, Lancashire, England

TypeCivil parish, Urban district
Coordinates53.483°N 2.6°W
Located inLancashire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inGreater Manchester, England     (1974 - )
Cheshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoWinwick, Lancashire, Englandecclesiastical parish of which it was a part until 1866
Leigh Rural, Lancashire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1933
Wigan (metropolitan borough), Greater Manchester, Englandmetropolitan borough in which part has been located since 1974
Warrington (metropolitan borough), Cheshire, Englandunitary authority in which part has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Golborne was an urban district in Lancashire from 1894 until 1974. It was situated almost midway between the County Boroughs of Wigan and Warrington, close to the River Mersey which, for part of its length, traditionally separated Lancashire from Cheshire. Golborne's industries were mining and textiles as well as agriculture.

In 1933 the neighbouring Leigh Rural District was abolished and Golborne absorbed the civil parishes of Kenyon, Lowton and part of Culcheth).

In the nationwide reorganization of municipalities of 1974 Wigan and Warrington each gave their name to a Metropolitan Borough which encompassed much of their respective surrounding areas. Originally Warrington was destined to be part of Wigan or part of the adjacent metropolitan borough of St Helens, but it refused to join either. This decision cut it off from the rest of Lancashire. The result was that Warrington and its surrounding municipalities became part of the county of Cheshire.

Golborne was split, with its larger northern section going to Wigan Metropolitab Borough, and parts of its two most southern civil parishes. Culcheth and Newchurch, becoming the ward of Culcheth and Glazebury in the Warrington district of Cheshire.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Golborne.

Golbourne in 1870

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Golborne from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"GOLBORNE, a parish in Leigh district, Lancashire; on the Wigan and Newton railway, 2 miles NNE of Newton. It has a station on the railway, and a post office‡ under Warrington. It was formerly a township of Winwick parish. Acres: 1,634. Real property: £6,683; of which £1,038 are in mines. Population: in 1851, 1,910; in 1861: 2,776. Houses: 513. The increase of population arose from the demand for operatives in cotton factories. The property is subdivided. Golborne Hall is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester. Value, £110. Patron: the Earl of Derby. The church is a modern edifice, in the early English style; and consists of nave, S aisle, and chancel, with porch and tower. There are an Independent chapel, a Roman Catholic chapel, erected in 1863, a Church of England school, and charities £36."

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