The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"MILNROW, a chapelry in the township of Butterworth, and parish of Rochdale, county Lancaster, 2 miles E. of Rochdale, its post town. It is a station on the Oldham and Rochdale branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The village, which is extensive, is situated on the river Beile, and on the road to Shaw Chapel. The manufacture of flannels and woollens is carried on to a great extent, and there are extensive printing and bleaching establishments, also cotton mills. Some of the inhabitants are engaged in the neighbouring collieries and freestone quarries. The Leeds and Liverpool canal, and the Manchester and Leeds railway, pass through the township. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £155, in the patronage of the Vicar of Rochdale. The church is dedicated to St. James. There are National and British schools, and places of worship for the several denominations of Dissenters. John Collier, otherwise "Tim Bobbin," the popular author of "The Lancashire Dialect," an eccentric caricaturist, poet, and musician, resided 57 years at this place as the village schoolmaster."