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THORNHAM, a township in Middleton parish, Lancashire; 3½ miles S by W of Rochdale. Acres, 1,998. Real property, 8,018; of which 1,253 are in mines, and 15 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 1,510; in 1861, 2,027. Houses, 379. Many of the inhabitants are employed in cotton-mills. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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

Archives and libraries

Local studies information is held at Rochdale library.



Details about the census records, and indexes for Thornham.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Thornham area is Rochdale.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Thornham was a township in the parish of Middleton.


A description of Thornham in the 19th century.


View maps of Thornham Fold and places within its boundaries.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD902092 (Lat/Lon: 53.579295, -2.149493), Thornham which are provided by:

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Thornham 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.