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Moss Side

MOSS-SIDE, a village, a township, and a chapelry, in Manchester parish, Lancashire. The village lies 2 miles S by E of Manchester, is neatly built, and has an ornamental public park. The township comprises 430 acres. Real property, £20,039. Pop. in 1851, 943; in 1861, 2,695. Houses, 435. The increase of pop. arose mainly from the extension of buildings and other improvements. The chapelry is much larger than the township, and was constituted in 1854. Pop. in 1861, 6,114. Houses, 1,114. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £717. Patrons, the Representatives of R. Gardiner, Esq. The church is modern. There are national and other schools.

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

Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Manchester central library.



You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Moss Side 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 Moss Side area is Manchester.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Moss Side was a township in the parish of Manchester.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Moss Side 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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View maps of Moss Side and places within its boundaries.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ841954 (Lat/Lon: 53.455103, -2.240920), Moss Side which are provided by:

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Moss Side 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.