In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fairfield like this:
FAIRFIELD, a village in Droylsden township, Manchester parish, Lancashire; on the Manchester and Lincoln railway, 3½ miles ESE of Manchester. It has a station on the railway; includes broad paved streets, with the aspect of a town; is a seat of cotton manufacture; and has a Moravian settlement and chapel.
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 Fairfield has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Tameside. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Fairfield and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fairfield, in Tameside and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th May 2013
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