Place:Clifton with Salwick, Lancashire, England

NameClifton with Salwick
Alt namesClifton-with-Salwicksource: hyphenated
Cliftonsource: village in parish
Salwicksource: village in parish
Lundsource: village and chapelry in parish
TypeTownship, Parish
Coordinates53.7815°N 2.8119°W
Located inLancashire, England     ( - 1934)
See alsoAmounderness Hundred, Lancashire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Kirkham, Lancashire, Englandancient parish in which it was located
Newton with Clifton, Lancashire, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1934
Fylde Rural, Lancashire, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1934-1974
Fylde (borough), Lancashire, Englanddistrict municipality which covers the area since 1974
NOTE: There were two places named Clifton in Lancashire. This one, Clifton with Salwick is in the northern part of Lancashire. The other, Clifton (Eccles), is far more urban and has been part of Salford in Greater Manchester since 1974.

GENUKI provides the following description of Clifton-with-Salwick from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CLIFTON-WITH-SALWICK, a township in Kirkham parish, Lancashire; at the mouth of the river Ribble, 3 miles ESE of Kirkham. Acres: 3,776; of which 365 are water. Real property: £5,658. Population: 447. Houses: 76. A school has £8 from endowment; and other charities £25."

Clifton with Salwick (#5 on map) was a civil parish from 1866 until 1934. It included the chapelry of Lund. From 1894 it was part of the Fylde Rural District. In 1934 it joined with the adjacent parish of Newton with Scales (#13) to form the new parish of Newton with Clifton (#12).

In 1974, in an nationwide reorganization of local government, the whole of the Fylde Rural District became part of the Borough of Fylde, a district municipality. Before the era of rural districts, Clifton with Salwick was a township in the ancient parish of Kirkham in the Hundred of Amounderness.


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

"LUND, a chapelry in Kirkham parish, Lancashire; at the head of the Ribble estuary, near the Preston and Wyre railway, 3 miles ESE of Kirkham. It was constituted in 1840. Post town, Kirkham, under Preston. Rated property: £7,429. Population: 733. Houses: 138. Much of the property belongs to Col. J. T. Clifton. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £364. Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church was rebuilt in 1824."
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Research Tips

  • See the Wikipedia articles on parishes and civil parishes for descriptions of this lowest rung of local administration. The original parishes (known as ancient parishes) were ecclesiastical, under the jurisdiction of the local priest. A parish covered a specific geographical area and was sometimes equivalent to that of a manor. Sometimes, in the case of very large rural parishes, there were chapelries where a "chapel of ease" allowed parishioners to worship closer to their homes. In the 19th century the term civil parish was adopted to define parishes with a secular form of local government. In WeRelate both civil and ecclesiastical parishes are included in the type of place called a "parish". Smaller places within parishes, such as chapelries and hamlets, have been redirected into the parish in which they are located. The names of these smaller places are italicized within the text.
  • Rural districts were groups of geographically close civil parishes in existence between 1894 and 1974. They were formed as a middle layer of administration between the county and the civil parish. Inspecting the archives of a rural district will not be of much help to the genealogist or family historian, unless there is need to study land records in depth.
  • Civil registration or vital statistics and census records will be found within registration districts. To ascertain the registration district to which a parish belongs, see Registration Districts in Lancashire, part of the UK_BMD website.
  • Lancashire Online Parish Clerks provide free online information from the various parishes, along with other data of value to family and local historians conducting research in the County of Lancashire.
  • FamilySearch Lancashire Research Wiki provides a good overview of the county and also articles on most of the individual parishes (very small or short-lived ones may have been missed).
  • Ancestry (international subscription necessary) has a number of county-wide collections of Church of England baptisms, marriages and burials, some from the 1500s, and some providing microfilm copies of the manuscript entries. There are specific collections for Liverpool (including Catholic baptisms and marriages) and for Manchester. Their databases now include electoral registers 1832-1935. Another pay site is FindMyPast.
  • A map of Lancashire circa 1888 supplied by A Vision of Britain through Time includes the boundaries between the parishes and shows the hamlets within them.
  • A map of Lancashire circa 1954 supplied by A Vision of Britain through Time is a similar map for a later timeframe.
  • GENUKI provides a website covering many sources of genealogical information for Lancashire. The organization is gradually updating the website and the volunteer organizers may not have yet picked up all the changes that have come with improving technology.
  • The Victoria County History for Lancashire, provided by British History Online, covers the whole of the county in six volumes (the seventh available volume [numbered Vol 2] covers religious institutions). The county is separated into its original hundreds and the volumes were first published between 1907 and 1914. Most parishes within each hundred are covered in detail. Maps within the text can contain historical information not available elsewhere.
  • A description of the township of Clifton with Salwick from British History Online (Victoria County Histories), published 1912