The History of the Parish of Kirkham, in the County of Lancaster, England
The original parish of Kirkham comprised within its limits the parochial chapelry of Goosnargh, the history of which I published in 1871. The ties however which bound the latter to the former have, for centuries, been so slight that it might well be considered as a distinct parish; and there can be no incorrectness in designating the present volume as " The History of the Parish of Kirkham," although m its pages will be found no record of that outlying and detached district.
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The original parish of Kirkham was one of the largest parishes in the county of Lancaster, and consisted of seventeen townships, viz: Frcckleton, Warton. Bryning with Kellamcrgh, Ribby with Wray, Westly with Great and Little Plumpton, Weeton, Medlar and Wesham, Grcenhatgh with Thistleton, Great and Little Singleton, Hambleton, Little Ecclcston and Larbrick, Roseacre Wharles and Trealcs, Clifton and Salwick, Newton and Scales, Kirkham, Goosnargh with Newsham, and Whittingham. The two latter townships form the ancient chapelry of Goosnargh, the history of which has already been written; and it will therefore only be necessary here to state that, with the exception of the church patronage, almost all traces of connexion with the mother parish have long been lost. Hambleton, the most northern township of Kirkham, adjoins the parish of Lancaster, and the river Ribble forms the southern boundary of the parish.