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WHITWORTH, a village, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Rochdale parish and district, Lancashire. The village stands 3¼ miles N by W of Rochdale r. station, and has a post-office under Rochdale. The chapelry was formerly more extensive than now. Rated property, £15,786. Recent pop., 4,324. The property is much subdivided. W. House was formerly the residence of the "Whitworth doctors;" and is now the residence of J. E. Taylor, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £300. Patrons, Trustees. The church was rebuilt in 1775; and is cruciform, with a steeple. There is an endowed school with £14 a year. The sub-district comprises the Whitworth and Brandwood sections of Spotland township. Real property, £51,695; of which £9,465 are in mines, £2,045 in quarries, and £93 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 9,215; in 1861, 14,006. Houses, 2,717.

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

Archives and Libraries

Whitworth Library,
Lloyd Street,
OL12 8AA


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Whitworth area is Hyndburn and Rossendale.

Description and Travel

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Ask for a calculation of the distance from Whitworth to another place.

Historical Geography

In 1835 Whitworth was a chapelry in the township of Spotland in the parish of Rochdale.

You can see the administrative areas in which Whitworth has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Whitworth 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.


The Whitworth Historical Society provide information about the Whitworth Museum, and the history of Whitworth.


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.