Place:Goosnargh, Lancashire, England

Alt namesGusansarghesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 155
Inglewhitesource: hamlet in parish
Newshamsource: hamlet in parish
Whitechapelsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Parish
Coordinates53.825°N 2.674°W
Located inLancashire, England
See alsoAmounderness Hundred, Lancashire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Kirkham, Lancashire, Englandancient parish in which it was located
Preston Rural, Lancashire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Preston (borough), Lancashire, Englanddistrict municipality in which the parish has been located since 1974
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Goosnargh (#7 on map) is now a civil parish in the City of Preston district of Lancashire, England. The village lies between Broughton and Longridge. The parish of Goosnargh had a population of 1,204 recorded in the UK census of 2001, increasing to 1,316 at the 2011 Census.

Prior to 1974 Goosnargh was part of the Preston Rural District and, prior to 1894, it was in Broughton sub-district of Preston Registration District and Poor Law Union. However, it was a detached township in the distant ancient parish of Kirkham rather than in the nearby ancient parish of Preston. Whittingham was also a township of Kirkham.

Goosnargh parish includes the small villages of Inglewhite, Newsham and Whitechapel (redirected here).

The parish contains the Roman Catholic church of St Francis, Hill Chapel, and an adjoining Catholic primary school of the same name. The sixteenth-century Catholic martyr George Beesley was born at the site.

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  • 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 Goosnargh from British History Online (Victoria County Histories), published 1912
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