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)