In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Whittle le Woods like this:
WHITTLE-LE-WOODS, a village, a township, and a chapelry, in Leyland parish, Lancashire. The village stands 2 miles E by S of Leyland r. station, and 6 SSE of Preston; is a scattered place; and has a postal pillar-box under Preston, and a large brewery. The township comprises 1,357 acres. Real property, £6,576; of which £80 are in quarries. ...
Pop. in 1851, 2,310; in 1861, 2,151. Houses, 443. The decrease of pop. was caused by the stoppage of a manufactory. The property is sub-divided. Shaw Hall is the seat of T. B. Crosse, Esq. Medicinal springs were discovered in 1845; they arise from coal-borings, at a depth of 265 feet; they are much frequented by invalids and pleasure parties; and they gave rise to the erection of baths, a public hall, and a spacious hotel.The chapelry was constituted in 1830. Pop., 2,856. Houses, 587. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150.* Patron, the Vicar of Leyland. The church was built in 1823.
Whittle le Woods is now part of Chorley district. Click here for graphs and data of how Chorley has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Whittle le Woods itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Whittle le Woods, in Chorley and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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