The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"HALLIWELL, a township in the parish of Deane, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 2 miles N.W. of Bolton, its post town. The village is of considerable extent, and the inhabitants are chiefly employed in the cotton mills and bleach works. In the vicinity is Smithill Hall, an ancient mansion, recently repaired at a great expense. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £170, in the patronage of trustees. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a modern erection, with tower containing eight bells. In the interior are three stained-glass windows. The church was erected at the sole expense of J. H. Ainsworth, Esq., who has also erected another church in the village. The Wesleyans have a place of worship, and there are National and British schools. The latter is a handsome building, erected at the cost of £3,000 by Messrs. Gardner and Bayle. It contains a lecture-room and library. J. H. Ainsworth, Esq., is lord of the manor."