WALMERSLEY, a village, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Bury parish and district, Lancashire. The village stands near Summerseat r. station, 2¼ miles N of Bury; carries on manufactures similar to those of Bury; and has a post-office under Bury, Lancashire. The township includes Shuttleworth, 2½ miles to the N; and bears the name of W.-cum-Shuttleworth. Acres, 5,056. Real property, £20,417; of which £400 are in mines, £228 in quarries, and £163 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 4,802; in 1861, 5,298. Houses, 1,003. The chapelry excludes Shuttleworth, and was constituted in 1843. Pop. in 1861, 3,269. Houses, 628. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £130. Patrons, Trustees. The church is good; and there are Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and charities £23. The sub-district excludes part of W. township, but includes small parts of three other townships. Pop. in 1861, 5,062. Houses, 964.
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
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"WALMERSLEY-CUM-SHUTTLEWORTH, a township in the parish of Bury, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 24 miles N.E. of Bury, its post town. It is situated on the river Irwell, and has a railway station at Summerseat. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the cotton spinning mills. In the neighbourhood are the ruins of a beacon tower, said to have been erected in Elizabeth's time, and nearly opposite, on an eminence, is the seat of the Grants, the eminent manufacturers. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £130, in the patronage of trustees. The parochial charities produce about £23 per annum, of which £3 go to a school. There is a National school. The Independents and Wesleyans have each a chapel, and The latter a day-school."
"SHUTTLEWORTH, a township in the parish of Bury, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 4 miles N. of Bury, its post town, and the same distance from Haslingden. It is a station on the East Lancashire railway. The village is situated on the high road from Rawtenstall to Bury, near the river Irwell. The district of Shuttleworth, which is extensive, was formed into a parish in 1845, and comprises the township of its own name, and part of that of Walmersley. It gives name to the Shuttleworths of Gawthorp, at which place they settled in Richard II.'s time. In the vicinity are cotton, woollen, and paper mills; also collieries, stone quarries, and bleach works, which give employment to a large number of the inhabitants. The soil is of a heavy character, upon a rocky subsoil. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £160, in the patronage of the crown and bishop alternately. The church, dedicated to St. John in the Wilderness, was erected in 1847, at an expense of £2,000. There are National schools for both sexes. The Independents and Wesleyans have each a place of worship, in which Sunday-schools are held. There are also a library and reading rooms. Nearly in the centre of the parish stands Grant's Tower, and on the opposite side of the valley is a monument of Sir Robert Peel. The Edenfield and Bury coaches pass through the village daily."
"SUMMER SEAT, a village in the township of Elton, parish of Bury, county Lancaster, 1 mile N.W. of Bury. It is a station on the East Lancashire and Yorkshire railway."
In 1835 Walmersley and Shuttleworth was a township in the parish of Bury.
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