Barton, West Lancashire

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Barton is located in the Borough of West Lancashire
Location in West Lancashire
Barton is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
OS grid referenceSD353091
• London185 mi (298 km) SE
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtL39
Dialling code01704
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°34′30″N 2°58′37″W / 53.575°N 2.977°W / 53.575; -2.977Coordinates: 53°34′30″N 2°58′37″W / 53.575°N 2.977°W / 53.575; -2.977

Barton is a small village in the county of Lancashire, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) west from Ormskirk, and less than 1 mile (2 km) west from the A5147 road. Barton sits on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain, and is 5 miles (8 km) from the Irish Sea coast. The village lies within the civil parish of Downholland.[1]

Barton's listing in the 1086 Domesday Book shows Roger the Poitevin as lord and Tenant-in-chief. At the time Barton was in the Hundred of West Derby in the county of Cheshire.[2][3]

The Manor of Barton was held by the Clifton family and, from about 1212, by the Barton family. The last Barton heiress, Fleetwood Barton (1595-1664) married into the Shuttleworth family (her first marriage to Viscount Molyneux was annulled). Her husband, Richard Shuttleworth of Gawthorpe Hall, supported the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War. The Shuttleworths held the manor until 1833, when it was sold to the Preston industrialist, George Jacson.[4]

The village had its own Barton railway station, which opened in 1887. The line was closed completely in 1952.[5]

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  1. ^ Downholland Parish Council, Retrieved 9 July 2014
  2. ^ William Farrer & J. Brownbill (editors) (1907). "Townships: Downholland". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 9 July 2014.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Barton" Archived 29 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Open Domesday, University of Hull. Retrieved 18 November 2014
  4. ^ "Townships: Barton Pages 127-128 A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 7. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1912". British History Online. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  5. ^ Gell, Rob (1986). An Illustrated Survey of Railway Stations Between Southport & Liverpool 1848-1986. Heyday Publishing Company. ISBN 0-947562-04-4.

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