Middleton

This is the Middleton near Manchester. There is also a Middleton township near Lancaster.

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MIDDLETON, a town, a township, a sub-district, and a parish, in Lancashire. The town stands in a fertile vale, on the river Irk, at the terminus of a short branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, near the Rochdale canal, 6 miles N by E of Manchester; took its name from being situated in the centre of several circumjacent towns; was only a village of 20 houses in 1770; has risen, since 1780, into a populous seat of manufacture; is now an important place, nearly a mile in length, well supplied with water, thoroughly drained, and under the management of a local improvement board by act of 1861; is so conjoined with Tonge in both proximity and trade as practically to include or absorb that town; carries on industry in extensive silk factories, in numerous large cotton factories, in calico-printing, bleaching, and dyeing establishments, in iron foundries, and in machinemaking establishments; publishes a weekly newspaper; is a seat of petty sessions; and has a post office under Manchester, a railway station with telegraph, several good inns, a police station, a market-house, public baths, two churches, five dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chape1, a grammar school, two national and infant schools, a free library, a church reading-room and library, an agricultural society, and a floral and horticultural society.

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Archives and libraries

Local studies information is held at Middleton library.

Cemeteries

Census

Details about the census records, and indexes for Middleton.

Church History

Church Records

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Middleton area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Civil Registration

The Register Offices covering the Middleton area are Rochdale and Oldham.

Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

In 1835 the parish of Middleton contained the townships of Middleton, Ashworth, Birtle cum Bamford, Great Lever, Ainsworth, Hopwood, Pilsworth and Thornham,

Information about boundaries and administrative areas is available from A Vision of Britain through time.

History

A description of Middleton in the 19th century.

Maps

View maps of Middleton and places within its boundaries.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD869061 (Lat/Lon: 53.551358, -2.199204), Middleton which are provided by:

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Middleton 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.

Societies

You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.