TONGE, a township and a chapelry in Prestwich parish, Lancashire. The township lies around Middleton r. station, adjacent to the SE side of Middleton. Post town, Middleton, under Manchester. Acres, 367. Real property, £10,774; of which £300 are in mines, £39 in ironworks, and £1,116 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 3,831; in 1861, 4,606. Houses, 953. The increase of pop. arose from extension of the cotton trade, and from erection of silk manufactories. The property is subdivided. The chapelry includes Alkrington township, and was constituted in 1835. Pop., 5,029. Houses, 1,030. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £300.* Patron, the Rector of Prestwich. The church was built in 1839.
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
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"TONGE, a township in the parish of Prestwich, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 1 mile S.E. of Middleton, its post town. It is a station on the Manchester and Leeds railway. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the silk mills. The village, with the hamlet of Alkrington, forms an ecclesiastical district, containing in 1861 a population of 5,029. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of the Rector of Prestwich. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, was built by aid of the Parliamentary Commissioners in 1839."
In 1835 Tonge was a township in the parish of Oldham.
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