The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"BIRCH, a chapelry in the parish of Middleton, hundred of Salford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, not far from Middleton. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the gift of the Rector of Middleton. The church, erected in 1828, is dedicated to St. Mary."