In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Chorley like this:
Chorley, mun. bor., market town, and par. with ry. sta., N. Lancashire, 9 miles SE. of Preston, 25 miles NE. of Liverpool, and 203 miles NW. of London, 3614 ac., pop. 19,478; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday. C. is an important industrial town, carrying on mfrs. of cotton yarns, muslins, calicoes, jaconets, and ginghams. Railway waggon building is extensively prosecuted. In the neighbourhood are numerous bleachfields and print-works, and large coal mines and stone quarries.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Chorley has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Chorley. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Chorley and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chorley in Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th May 2016
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