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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)

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Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Rochdale library.

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Census

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Hopwood area is Rochdale.

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"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."

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"BIRCH, a chapelry in the parish of Middleton, hundred of Salford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, not far from Middleton. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the gift of the Rector of Middleton. The church, erected in 1828, is dedicated to St. Mary."

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Historical Geography

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

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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.

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Societies

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