The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"RAWTENSTALL, a village and ecclesiastical district in the parish of Whalley, county Lancaster, 2 miles E. of Haslingden, and 16 N. of Manchester. It is a station on the Manchester, Bury, and Bacup section of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway. The village is situated in the valley of the river Irwell, near Rosendale Forest. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the neighbouring woollen and cotton mills. There are a savings-bank and post-office in the village, which has much increased of late years. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £300. The church is a modern structure."