1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland
"SHAW, a village in the township of Crompton, and parish of Prestwich, county Lancaster, 3 miles S.E. of Rochdale, near the river Irk. It is a station on the Oldham and Rochdale branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £220, in the patronage of the Rector of Prestwick."