Milnrow, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

MILNROW, an ancient chapelry [built by 1726] having parochial rights, in the township of Butterworth, parish and union of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 2 miles (E. by S.) from Rochdale. This place has long been distinguished for its manufacture of flannels; and of late years, cotton spinning, weaving, and printing have been extensively introduced. The chapelry has regularly-defined boundaries, a church rate, and all parish officers. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £150, with a house, built in 1833; patron, the Vicar of Rochdale. The ancient chapel, a small edifice, was taken down in 1796, and the present, a spacious structure, was erected on another site, and consecrated in 1799. A school was endowed by Alexander Butterworth, Esq., in 1726, with £20 per annum, since augmented to £26; and a national, and a Lancasterian school, are partly supported by subscription. There are two other schools, one in Hollingworth and the other in Ogden, the two extremities of the chapelry, endowed in 1727, by John Hill, the former with £30, and the latter with £25, per annum. On a bleak hill to the north of Milnrow, is the scattered village of Gallows, the site of the ancient baronial executions. John Collier, otherwise "Tim Bobbin," the popular author of The Lancashire Dialect, an eccentric caricaturist, poet, and musician, resided for 57 years at Milnrow, as the village schoolmaster, and was buried in Rochdale churchyard: some of his paintings are in the village.—See Butterworth.

Adapted from: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 316-319. URL: Date accessed: 20 July 2010.


Civil Registration

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Poor Law Unions

Rochdale Poor Law Union

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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