SPOTLAND, a township and a chapelry in Rochdale parish, Lancashire. The township is partly within Rochdale borough; comprises parts of the valleys of the Roach, the Spodden, the Nadin, and the Irwell; is cut into three divisions, S.-Nearer-Side, containing 2 hamlets, S.-Further-Side, containing 6 hamlets, and Whitworth, containing 4 hamlets; exhibits much picturesque scenery; carries on coal mining, slate and freestone quarrying, and extensive cotton, baize, and flannel manufacture; and has several post-offices under Rochdale, a literary institution, two churches, five dissenting chapels, the Rochdale workhouse, and some charities. Acres, 4,518. Real property, £118,074; of which £18,099 are in mines, £2,501 in quarries, and £93 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 23,476; in 1861, 30,378. Houses, 5,994. The chief villages are Whitworth, Bridge-Mill, Shawforth, Facit, Bagslate, Blackpits, and Shawclough; and the old-seats are Oakenrod, Chadwick, Greave, and Wolstenholm, the last now a farmhouse. The chapelry comprises the tract around Spotland-Bridge; was constituted in 1844, and curtailed prior to 1868; and has a post-office, of the name of S.-Bridge, under Rochdale. Pop. in 1861, within the original limits, 11,016; within the curtailed limits, 8,354. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £500. Patron, the Vicar of Rochdale. The church is ancient.
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
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|Christ Church, Healey, Church of England|
|St Clement, Spotland, Church of England|
|St Paul, Norden, Church of England|
|Forsyth St Congregational, Norden|
|St Vincent de Paul, Norden, Roman Catholic|
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"SPOTLAND, a township in the parish of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 1 mile N.W. of Rochdale, of which it forms a populous suburb. See Rochdale."
"WOOLSTENHOLME, a hamlet in the township of Spotland and parish of Rochdale, county Lancaster, 1 mile W. of Rochdale, on a branch of the river Roch."
"WOODHOUSE LANE, a hamlet in the parish of Rochdale and township of Spotland, county Lancaster, 1 mile W. of Rochdale."
"HEALEY, a hamlet in the township of Spotland, parish of Rochdale, county Lancaster, 2 miles N.W. of Rochdale. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £160, in the patronage of the crown and bishop alternately. The church is a modern structure in the pointed style, built in 1848 by E. Lamb, Esq. The principal residence is Healey Hall, the ancient seat of the Okedens."
"CHEESDEN, a hamlet in the township of Spotland, in the county of Lancaster, 2 miles W. of Rochdale."
"CATLEY LANE, a hamlet in the township of Spotland, and parish of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 2 miles from Rochdale."
"BRAND WOOD, (and Brand Wood Higher End and Brand Wood Lower End) hamlets in the township of Spotland, and parish of Rochdale, in the hundred of Salford, county palatine of Lancaster, 4 miles to the N. of Rochdale."
In 1835 Spotland was a township in the parish of Rochdale.
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