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FAILSWORTH, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Manchester parish and district, Lancashire. The township lies on the Rochdale canal, and near the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 4½ miles NE by E of Manchester; and has a post office under Manchester. Acres, 1,064. Real property, £16,052; of which £450 are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 4,433; in 1861, 5,113. Houses, 1,054. The increase of population arose from the erection of cotton mills and manufactories, the enlargement of a foundry, and the facilities afforded for traffic by canal. The chapelry is conterminate with the township; and was constituted in 1844. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £211.* Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church was built in 1846. There are four dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, and national schools. The sub-district includes Moston township. Pop., 8,312.

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


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Civil Registration

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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "FAILSWORTH, a township in the parish of Manchester, hundred of Salford, county palatine Lancaster, 4 miles N.E. of Manchester. The Rochdale canal and Lancashire and Yorkshire railway pass in the vicinity. This township has vastly increased in population of late years, and contains many well-built houses, occupied by the merchants and manufacturers of Manchester. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £250, in the patronage of the crown and bishop alternately. There is a National school."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Failsworth was a township in the parish of Manchester.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Failsworth 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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