In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bradshaw like this:
BRADSHAW, a township and a chapelry in Boltonle-Moors parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Bolton and Blackburn railway, adjacent to the Oaks station, 3 miles NE of Bolton; and has a post office under Bolton. Acres, 1,380. Real property, £3,754. Pop., 792. Houses, 146. Bradshaw Hall was the seat of John Bradshaw, who presided at the trial of Charles I.; and is now the seat of T. Hardcastle, Esq. There are two cotton mills, a bleaching mill, and quarries.-The church. is more extensive than the township, and was constituted in 1853. Pop., 1,968. Houses, 378. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150.* Patron, the Vicar of Bolton. The church is tolerable.
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 Bradshaw has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Bolton. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Bradshaw and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bradshaw, in Bolton and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th July 2015
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