In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Pendleton like this:
PENDLETON, a suburban town, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Salford district, Lancashire. The town is suburban to Manchester; lies on the Manchester and Bolton railway, near Peel Park, contiguousto the W side of Salford, 2 miles W N W of Manchester:contains very many genteel residences; carries on industry in cotton and flax mills, and in dye and print-works; and has a railway-station with telegraph, a post-office, ‡under Manchester, a townhall, and numerous places of worship, and public schools. ...
The townhall was built in 1866, at a cost of about £9,000; is in the Italian style, with assimilation to French; and contains an assembly-room, 85 feet long, 39½ feet wide, and 30 feet high. The churches are St. Thomas', rebuilt in 1831, and Sts. Paul, George, James, Anne, and Luke, built in 1856-65 atcosts of £5,000, £5,000, £, 8, 500, £1, 500, and £6, 500. A New Connexion Methodist chapel was built in 1863, at a cost of £2, 500; and has a Corinthian portico. Independent school-rooms were erected in 1865, at a cost of £2, 400; are in the geometric pointed style; and includea central hall, 60 feet long and 40 feet wide. Very handsome Wesleyan schools were erected in 1863, at a cost of £3, 500. The township comprises 1, 720 acres; and is in the parish of Eccles, and the borough of Salford. Real property, £85,080; of which £2, 186 are in mines, and £1,024 in ironworks. Pop. in 1851, 14, 244; in 1861, 20, 900. Houses, 3, 906. Coal exists in seams of 7 feetthick and under, and is largely worked. The chapelryincludes but a portion of the township, and was constituted in 1860. Pop. in 1861, 5, 361. Houses, 984. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £344. Patron, the Vicar of Eccles. The sub-districtcomprises the townships of Pendleton and Pendlebury. Acres, 2, 650. Pop., 24, 448. Houses, 4, 578.
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 Pendleton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Salford. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Pendleton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Pendleton, in Salford and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th May 2013
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