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Family history. - Wigan place name
Started by: hilly (61) Report abuse
My ancestor was one Randel Hill, born 1738 at Pemberton, where he apparently spent his life as a weaver. He died in 1804, and the parish record, which is very neatly hand written, shows his abode as " Whirley ". Has anyone heard of such a place ? The only thing I can think of is it is a mis pronunciation of Whelley, written as Whirley.

Any ideas ?

Posted by: priscus (7367) Report abuse
or Worsley (Mesnes)

Posted by: Jazzy (8642)   Report abuse
An Archaeological and Historical Magazine Chiefly Relating to the Lancashire and Cheshire, Volume 1 published 1880 and the extract clearly states: "Whelley, commonly pronounced Whirley..."

link

Posted by: tonker (19914)   Report abuse
Whitley?

Posted by: hilly (61) Report abuse
To Jazzy

Many, many thanks. I didn't think it would be recorded so precisely.

That is very revealing.

Thanks for taking the time to help.

Hilly.

Posted by: Jazzy (8642)   Report abuse
Hilly, your welcome.

The full name of the reference is Local Gleanings: An Archaeological and Historical Magazine Chiefly Relating to the Lancashire and Cheshire, Volume 1

 
 
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