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"HOPWOOD, a township in Middleton parish, Lancashire; on the Manchester and Leeds railway, and the Rochdale canal, 1 mile N of Middleton. It includes the villages of Birch and Gooden. Acres, 2,043. Real property, £10,822; of which £2,200 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 1,575; in 1861, 2,281. Houses, 450. The increase of pop. was caused by the erection of cotton mills. Hopwood Hall is a mansion of the 14th century, situated in a well wooded park; belonged, at its origin, to the Hopwoods; passed, early in the 18th century, to Edward Gregge, Esq.; and belongs now to Captain E. J. Gregge Hopwood. Many cotton mills, and an extensive iron foundry are at Gooden; and a national school is at Birch."

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


Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Rochdale library.




Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Hopwood area is Rochdale.


Description and Travel

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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "HOPWOOD, a township in the parish of Middleton, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 4 miles S.E. of Bury, and 1 mile from Middleton. It is situated on the Rochdale canal. The township produces a good supply of excellent coal. Hopwood Hall, an ancient mansion, situated in a well wooded park, is the principal residence."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Hopwood was a township in the parish of Middleton.

You can see the administrative areas in which Hopwood has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Hopwood 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.


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.