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AINSWORTH, or Cockey, a chapelry in Middleton parish, Lancashire; at Bradley-Fold r. station, 2½ miles E of Bolton. Post Town, Bolton. Acres, 1,296. Real property, 7,048, of which 1,652 are in mines. Pop., 1,803. Houses, 346. Cotton manufacture is carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, 136. Patron, the Rector of Middleton. The church is good; and there are two dissenting chapels, a national school, and charities 12.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)

Archives and libraries

Local studies information is held at Bury library.



Details about the census records, and indexes for Ainsworth.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Ainsworth area is Bury.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Ainsworth was a township in the parish of Middleton.


A description of Ainsworth in the 19th century.


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Ainsworth was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


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