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MILNROW, a village and a chapelry-in Butterworth township, Rochdale parish, Lancashire. The village stands on the river Beil, near the Rochdale canal, and near the Oldham and Rochdale branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 2 miles ESE of Rochdale; is a seat of extensive manufacture, doing large business in the woollen trade; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post office under Rochdale. John Collier, better known as "Tim Bobbin", author of poems in the Lancashire dialect, was for 57 years a schoolmaster in the village; and the Rev. Canon Raines, distinguished for antiquarian knowledge and research, has thrown lustre upon it. The acreage of the chapelry is returned with the parish. Rated property, £22,245. Pop., 6,200. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £300. Patron, the Vicar of Rochdale. The church was built in 1798, and was about to be rebuilt in 1867. There are several dissenting chapels, a national school, and a British school.

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

Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Rochdale library.


  • St James, St. James' Street, Church of England



You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Milnrow 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 Office covering the Milnrow area is Rochdale.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Milnrow was a chapelry in the township of Butterworth in the parish of Rochdale.
You can see the administrative areas in which Milnrow has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Milnrow 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.


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.