In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Darwen like this:
DARWEN (Over), a town, a township, and three chapelries, in Blackburn parish, Lancashire. The town stands near the Blackburn and Bolton railway, 4 miles S of Blackburn; is a seat of manufacture; and has a post office‡ under Blackburn, a r. station, a market-house, public baths, a mechanics' institute, a lecture-hall, a weekly market, and three annual fairs. ...
The township comprises 5, 010 acres. Real property, £39, 356; of which £6, 082 are in mines, £308 in quarries, and £253 in gas-works. Pop., 16, 492. Houses, 2, 925. There are great cotton-mills, print and bleach works, paper-works, foundries, and machine-works. The chapelries are St. James, Trinity, and St. John; the first two p. curacies, the third a vicarage. Value of St. James, £240;* of Trinity, £300;* of St. John, £150. Patron of the two first, the Vicar of Blackburn; of St. John, the Rev. P. Graham. St. James, church was built in 1829, Trinity in 1829, St. John's in 1864; the last at a cost of £8, 000. There are another church, four Independent chapels, a Baptist, a Wesleyan of 1865, two other Methodist, and a R. Catholic, a cemetery with three chapels of 1861, and seven public schools.
Darwen is now part of Blackburn With Darwen district. Click here for graphs and data of how Blackburn With Darwen has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Darwen itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Darwen, in Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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