In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wardleworth like this:
WARDLEWORTH, a township in Rochdale parish, Lancashire; including large part of Rochdale borough. Real property, £61,924; of which £1,060 are in mines, and £559 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 14,103; in 1861, 17,840. Houses, 3,534. Pop. of the R. borough part in 1861, 16,531. Houses, 3,272. See Hundersfield.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Wardleworth has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Rochdale. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Wardleworth and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wardleworth, in Rochdale and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th January 2015
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