The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"KEARSLEY, (or Kersley), a township in the parish of Deane, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 5 miles S.E. of Great Bolton. The village is very considerable, and many of the inhabitants are engaged in the neighbouring factories and collieries. There are establishments for making vitriol and for spinning and bleaching yarn. There is an endowed school at High Style with an income of £300 per annum from land bequeathed by Henry Mather in 1757.