The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"ELTON, a township in the parish of Bury, hundred of Salford, county palatine of Lancaster, 1 mile from Bury, of which it may be considered a suburb. It is situated close to the Yorkshire and Lancashire railway, and the two places, Starling and Summerseat, are included in the township. Here are chemical works, and cotton is largely manufactured. Bleaching and dyeing are also carried on. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £230, in the patronage of the rector. The church is a fine stone edifice of Norman architecture, dedicated to All Saints. There is a National school for both sexes, and a large Sunday-school."