The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"HOLCOMBE-NEXT-BURY, a village and district parish in the township of Tottington Lower End, and parish of Bury, county Lancaster, 3 miles W. of Bury, and 4 S. of Haslingden. This place, which is of recent growth, now forms a separate parish for ecclesiastical purposes, under Lord Blandford's Act. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the extensive cotton factories and calicoprinting works. On Holcombe Common is a column to the memory of Sir Robert Peel. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £175, in the patronage of the Rector of Bury. The church, dedicated to Emmanuel, is a modern structure with a tower surmounted by a spire."