HARWOOD, a village, a township, and a chapelry in Bolton-le-Moors parish, Lancashire. The village stands 3 miles NE of Bolton r. station, and 4 W of Bury. The township comprises 1,100 acres. Post town, Bolton. Real property, £5,556; of which £800 are in mines, and £400 in quarries. Pop., 2,055. Houses, 435. The property is much subdivided. There are a cotton mill and a and was constituted in 1845. Pop., 1,525. Houses, 326. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £90.* Patrons, Trustees. The church is a recent structure, in the early English style; and has a small tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, and a national school.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)


Archives & Libraries

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Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"HARWOOD, a chapelry and township in the parish of Bolton-le-Moors, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 3 miles N.E. of Bolton railway station, and 4 from Bury The village, which is considerable, contains calico and dimity mills, and a colliery. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £100. Christ Church is a modern structure of stone, with a small tower. The Primitive Methodists have a chapel, and there is a National school."


Historical Geography

In 1835 Harwood was a township in the parish of Bolton.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Harwood was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.

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