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Skelmersdale, Lancashire

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Skelmersdale, Lancashire

Skelmersdale is a town in West Lancashire, England. It lies on high-ground on the River Tawd, 6 miles to the west of Wigan, 13 miles to the northeast of Liverpool, 15 miles south-southwest of Preston. As of 2006, Skelmersdale had a population of 38,813, down from 41,000 in 2004. The town is known locally as Skem. The first recorded use of the name Skelmersdale appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was under the rule of Uctred as part of the hundred of West Derby.
DistrictWest Lancashire
Administrative CountyLancashire
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD4806
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityLancashire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLancashire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLancashire
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01695

Other names by which Skelmersdale, Lancashire has been known in the past


Skelmersdale, Lancashire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Skelmersdale, town and township with ry. sta., Ormskirk par., SW. Lancashire, 4½ miles SE. of Ormskirk, 1941 ac., pop. 5707; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Coal mining and brickmaking are carried on. Skelmersdale gives the title of baron to the Bootle-Wilbraham family.

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