Aighton  Lancashire


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

AIGHTON, one of three hamlets forming a township in the parish of Mitton, Lancashire. It lies near Hodder river, under Longridge fell, 3½ miles NNW of Whalley r. station, and 5 WSW of Clitheroe. It contains cotton factories, a workhouse, and the Roman Catholic college of Stonyhurst.-The other hamlets of the township are Bailey and Chaighley. Acres in the three, 5,780. Real property, £6,726. Pop., 1,500. Houses, 244.

The location is that of Stonyhurst College. The name 'Aighton' has not been found on a published map other than as part of the name of the township of Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley, but the Victoria County History says this: "Aighton and Bailey lie to the south of the Fell, to the east and west respectively, being parted by Dean Brook, while Chaigley or Chaigeley occupies the north-east slope. Stonyhurst, which as the residence of the lords of the manor has for centuries been the dominant house in the township, lies near the centre of Aighton" ('Blackburn hundred: Mitton', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 7 (1912), pp. 1-20;, accessed 27 August 2012).

Aighton through time

Aighton is now part of Ribble Valley district. Click here for graphs and data of how Ribble Valley has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Aighton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 18th April 2024

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