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CROMPTON, a township and a sub-district in Oldham district, Lancashire. The township is in Prestwich parish, and within Oldham borough; lies near the Oldham and the Rochdale railways, 3 miles N of Oldham; contains the villages of High-Crompton, Cowlishall, and Shaw, the last of which has a post office under Oldham; and is divided into the chapelries of East Crompton and Shaw. Acres, 2, 864. Real property, 22,972; of which 2,779 are in mines, 1,060 in quarries, and 350 in gas-works. Pop., 7,032. Houses, 1,460. Many of the inhabitants are employed in collieries and in large cotton mills. The sub-district is conterminate with the township.

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

Archives and libraries

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Details about the census records, and indexes for Crompton.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Crompton area is Oldham.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Crompton was a township in the parish of Oldham.


A description of Crompton in the 19th century.


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Crompton 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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