Wuerdle and Wardle


WARDLE, a chapelry, with a village, in Rochdale parish, Lancashire; 2¾ miles NNE of Rochdale r. station. It was constituted in 1859; and it has a post-office under Rochdale. Pop., 2,176. Houses, 439. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £200. Patron, the Vicar of Smallbridge. The church is modern and cruciform, and has a tower and spire. There are two dissenting chapels and a national school.

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


Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Rochdale library.


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Wardle area is Rochdale.


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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"SMALLBRIDGE, a village in the township of Wuerdle, parish of Rochdale, county Lancaster, 2 miles N.E. of Rochdale, its post town. The village, which is considerable, is situated near the Leeds canal. The inhabitants are principally employed in the neighbouring cotton-mills. The living is a curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £147, in the patronage of the Vicar of Rochdale. The church is modern. There are National and other schools."

"WARDLE, a township in the parish of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 2½ miles N.E. of Rochdale. It is situated near Wardle Fold, and with Wuerdale has a population of 8,201."

"WUERDLE WITH WARDLE, a township in the parish of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, county Lancaster, 2 miles N.E. of Rochdale, of which it is a large and populous suburb, containing the chapelry of Smallbridge. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the cotton mills and mines."


Historical Geography

In 1835 Wuerdle and Wardle was a township in the parish of Rochdale.




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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Wardle 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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