Knowsley  Lancashire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Knowsley like this:

KNOWSLEY, a township-chapelry in Huyton parish, Lancashire; 2½ miles N by W of Huyton r. station, and 3 NW by W of Prescot. Post town, Prescot. Acres, 4, 750. Real property, £12, 549; of which £1, 367 are in mines, and £330 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1, 486; in 1861, 1, 349. ...

Houses, 243. The property all belongs to the Earl of Derby. Knowsley Hall is the Earl's seat; has been enlarged from time to time: includes portions of the period of Henry VII.; was fully restored, by the tenth earl, before 1735; presents imposing fronts, surmounted by round towers; contains portraits of all the Stanleys, and a large and valuable collection of paintings by the old masters; and was visited, in November 1865, by the Prince and Princess of Wales. The grounds around it comprise upwards of 2, 000 acres; are enclosed by a stone wall upwards of 8 feet high, pierced by thirteen entrances; and contain tasteful gardens, many ancient oaks, and ornamental waters nearly a mile long. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Chester. Valne, £300.* Patron, the Earl of Derby. The church is recent, cruciform, and handsome; and has a W broach spire. There are national schools.

Knowsley through time

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Knowsley in Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th May 2024

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