In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Ormskirk like this:
Ormskirk, market town, par., and township with ry. sta. SW. Lancashire, 12 miles NE. of Liverpool and 209 from London - par., 30,909 ac., pop. 23,310; town and township, 573 ac., pop. 6651; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Thursday. Tradition has it that Ormskirk is an ancient place, although its name does not appear in Domesday Book. It is agreeably situated, with sufficient elevation to admit of fine views being obtained of the surrounding country. Cordage mfrs. form the leading trade, but there are also brewing and ironfounding. Market gardens are numerous in the neighbourhood, their produce of carrots and early potatoes being especially prized.
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 Ormskirk has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Lancashire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Ormskirk and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ormskirk in West Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 10th December 2013
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