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HEYWOOD, a town and a chapelry in Heap township, Bury parish, and a sub-district in Bury district, Lancashire. The town stands on the Rochdale canal, and on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, near the river Roch, 3 miles E of Bury; was, toward the close of last century, a mere village, inhabited chiefly by hand loom fustian weavers; has acquired importance from the working of coal in the adjoining townships of Bamford and Hopwood, and from the enterprise and skill of local capitalists; and is now a populous, busy, thriving seat of various manufactures. Pop. of the town in 1851, 12,194; in 1861, 12,824. Houses, 2,630. The chapelry is less extensive than the town, and was constituted in 1840. Pop., 9,231. Houses, 1,843. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £400. Patron, the Rector of Bury. See Heap. The sub-district contains the chief part of Heap township, an uninhabited portion of Bury township, part of Pilsworth township, and the whole of Hopwood township, the last two in Middleton parish. Pop., 17,591. Houses, 3,582.

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


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Civil Registration

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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "HEYWOOD, a chapelry in the parish of Bury, county Lancaster, 3 miles E. of Bury, and 39½ from Liverpool by the W. section of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, on which it is a station. The Manchester and Bury branch has also a station here. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the cotton and woollen mills. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £400, in the patronage of the Rector of Bury. The church, dedicated to St. Luke, is a modern structure. There are places of worship for Independents, Wesleyans, and Swedenborgians, also a National school."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Heywood was a chapelry in the township of Heap in the parish of Bury.

Information about boundaries and administrative areas is available from A Vision of Britain through time.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Heywood 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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