In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Birch like this:
BIRCH, or Birch-St. Mary, a chapelry in Bury and Middleton parishes, Lancashire; near the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 2 miles WNW of Middleton. It was constituted in 1842; and its Post Town is Middleton, under Manchester. Pop., 3,773. Houses, 747. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150.* Patron, the Rector of Middleton. The church is a Gothic structure, built in 1828, at a cost of £4,000. There is a large national school.
Additional information about this locality is available for Middleton
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Birch, in Rochdale and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th March 2017
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