The Wigan Directory of 1881, Orrell

Orrell is a township and village three miles west from Wigan. It is in the South-Western division of the county, and the parish and union of Wigan. There is a school-church belonging to the Established Church, and various Dissenting chapels. There was formerly a nunnery here, the grounds of which form gardens now much resorted to. Coal is found abundantly in the township. Screw bolt and nailmaking is carried on here. There is a small charity distributed annually to the poor of Orrell, the interest of £100, left by James Thomason in 1730. The chief landowners are the successor of Lord Kingsdown, and Meyrick Bankes, Esq. There is a station on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway from Manchester to Liverpool.

   The acreage is 1618. The population in 1861 was 2932; in 1871, 3561; and in 1881, 4299.

   Far Moor is a small village in the township.

   Independent Chapel. - Rev. Abiathar Heal, minister
   Primitive Methodist Chapel
   Roman Catholic Chapel. - Rev. Moses Doon, priest
   Wesleyan Chapel
   National School (St. Luke's). - Richard Standen, master
   Hallgate School (Independent). - Jemima Marsden, mistress
   Roman Catholic School (St. James's). - Mary Fitzpatrick, mistress
   Local Board of Health. - Chairman, W. H. Harbottle, Esq.; law clerk, H. Ackerley, Esq.; clerk, collector, surveyor and nuisance inspector, Henry Gorse
   Police Station
   Post Office, Far Moor. - Thomas Roby, receiver. Letters received through Wigan
   Railway Station. - William Davies, stationmaster
   Omnibuses from Upholland to Wigan pass through Orrell several times daily


Baldwin Mr. Edward, Baldwin terrace
Barton Mrs. Margaret, Orrell Lodge
Booth Charles, Esq., Orrell Cottage
Daglish Mr. George, Orrell Cottage
Doon Rev. Moses, Orrell
Eccles Mr. Anthony, Walthew House
Gaskell Mr. James, Beacon view
Harbottle Mr. Thomas, Old Spring House
Harbottle Mr. W. H., Latham House
Henderson Mr. George, Orrell House
Kellett Mr. Richard, Ormskirk road
Longbotham Mr. Jonathan, Orrell Mount
Nield Mrs. Joseph, Orrell
Pendlebury Mrs. Elizabeth, Beacon view
Pennington Mr. John, Pennington House
Pickering James, Esq., Fisher House
Postlethwaite Mr. Braithwaite, Orrell Mount Cottage
Robinson Thomas H. Esq., Orrell Mount
Tabner Mr. William, Orrell Hall
Whitburn Mr. Henry Bennett, Orrell
Wood Rev. John, Ormskirk road


Arrowsmith William, coal dealer
Ashurst James, shopkeeper
Aspey Jane, shopkeeper
Atherton Henry, nail maker
Atherton James, beer retailer and shopkeeper
Atherton James, shopkeeper
Atherton John, shopkeeper
Atherton William, innkeeper, Stag Inn
Baldwin Edwin, grocer
Baldwin John, draper and shopkeeper
Baldwin Martha, beer retailer and shopkeeper
Banks James, nailmaker
Banks Robert, Rose and Crown Inn
Barton George, beer retailer
Bibby Jane, shopkeeper
Bond Thomas, Red Lion Inn
Coulshed William, beer retailer
Daniel Elias, nailmaker
Gaskell James, professor of music, Beacon view
Gorse Henry, farmer and clerk to the Orrell Local Board
Green James, beer retailer and shopkeeper
Grimshaw William, nailmaker
Henderson George, land agent, Orrell House
Heyes James, shopkeeper and beer retailer
Hilton William, shopkeeper
Hitchen Peter, contractor
Holt Frederick & William, joiners & builders, Far Moor
Holt Michael, grocer
Holt Valentine, joiner and builder
Hurst Henry, nailmaker
Latham John, beer retailer
Lawson William, shopkeeper
Lee James, Old Engine Inn
Leigh Ann, beer retailer
Longbottom Alfred W., Screw Bolt Maker, Orrell; house, Church street, Upholland
Makinson Thomas, blacksmith, wheelwright, and farmer
Marsden William, bootmaker
Marsh John, grocer and beer retailer
Moss Alice, shopkeeper
Nicholson Hannah, Railway Hotel, Orrell Station
Nicholson Thomas, shopkeeper and nailmaker
Nickson William, gardener and beer retailer, Orrell Gardens
Pennington John, nailmaker
Peet William, grocer & innkeeper, Grapes Inn
Pickering James, coal agent, Fisher House
Poole John, gardener
Prescott Alice, Old Springs Inn
Roby Thomas, coal agent and postmaster, Far Moor
Simm James, shopkeeper
Smith John, musician, Beacon view
Talbot John, clogger
Topping Jane, shopkeeper
Townsend David, joiner and builder
Unsworth Thomas, beer retailer and nail manufacturer
Wilkinson John, shopkeeper
Winstanley James, contractor
Worthington John, colliery manager
Wright Richard, relieving officer, and collector to the Board of Guardians for the townships of Pemberton, Orrell, Winstanley, Billinge, Wrightington, Shevington, Dalton, and Parbold; residence, Sunny bank


Alker Arthur, Edge Hall
Alker Thomas, Moor Cottage
Alker William, New Fold Farm
Ball James, Smith's lane
Barlow John, Orrell Hall
Barnes William, Hooton's Farm
Barton William, Catterall's Farm
Bolton Thomas, Orrell
Farrimond Henry & George
Gaskell Henry, Church street, Far Moor
Gorse Henry, Deanbrook House
Hilton William, Sephton's Farm
Holmes George S., Harvey House
Johnson James, Irving's Farm
Lawrenson Jos., Orrell Mount
Liptrot Robert, Oldham's fold
Lord William, Gathurst
Martland William, Old fold
Mather William, Stand House
Nixon Henry, Orrell
Ormeshaw Edward, Whalley House
Wright Peter, Moor Ditch
Taylor James, Ackhurst Hall

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