Place:Pilkington, Lancashire, England

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NamePilkington
TypeTownship
Coordinates53.551°N 2.323°W
Located inLancashire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inGreater Manchester, England     (1974 - )
See alsoPrestwich-cum-Oldham, Lancashire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Bury, Lancashire, Englandcounty borough to which part of Pilkington was tranferred in 1894
Whitefield, Lancashire, Englandurban district to which part of Pilkington was tranferred in 1894
Radcliffe, Lancashire, Englandurban district to which part of Pilkington was tranferred in 1894
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Pilkington was a township in the ancient parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham in the hundred of Salford in Lancashire, England. It was created in the Middle Ages and abolished in 1894. Its area was divided between Bury County Borough, Whitefield Urban District and Radcliffe Urban District.

Governance

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, Pilkington formed part of the Bury Poor Law Union. In 1866, a Local board of health was established for the Whitefield area of Pilkington, which had begun to urbanise and expand into a town in its own right. In 1885 part of Pilkington was merged into the Municipal Borough of Bury. Following the Local Government Act 1894, the township of Pilkington was dissolved and its area divided between the then County Borough of Bury, Radcliffe Urban District, Whitefield Urban District, Outwood township and Unsworth township.

Geography

Pilkington township was bounded on two sides, the southwest and north, by the River Irwell, and encompassed the settlements of Blackford Bridge, Cinder Hill, Hollins, Besses o' th' Barn, Outwood, Stand, Unsworth, and Whitefield.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Pilkington (ancient township). The History section covers the Pilkington family from circa 1200 to 1508.

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