In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Eccleston like this:
ECCLESTON, a township and two chapelries in Prescot parish, Lancashire. The township lies nominally ¾ of a mile NNE of Prescot; but it includes parts of both Prescot and St. Helens towns; and it shares the railway and postal facilities of both. Acres, 3, 387. Real property, £36, 478; of which £4, 206 are in mines, £264 in quarries, and £466 in gas-works. ...
Pop. in 1851, 8, 509; in 1861, 11, 640. Houses, 2, 045. Pop. of the part in Prescot town, 930; of the part in St. Helens town, 8, 012-Crown-glass and earthenware have been extensively manufactured. The chapelries are Christ Church and St. Thomas; the former connected with Prescot town, the latter with St. Helens. Christ Church was constituted in 1838; St. Thomas, in 1839. Pop. of the former, 2, 328; of the latter, 8, 206. The living ofis a pcuracy, that of St. T. a vicarage, in the dio. of Chester. Value ofC., £110; * of St. T., £300.* Patron of the former, S. Taylor, Esq; of the latter, Trustees. One of the churches is a modern edifice, with a spire. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics, and a national school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Eccleston, in St Helens and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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