In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Saddleworth like this:
Saddleworth, township and manufacturing vil. with ry. sta., Rochdale par., West-Riding Yorkshire - township, 18,797 ac., pop. 22,299; the vil. is 12 miles SW. of Huddersfield by rail, and, in conjunction with numerous other villages in the township, carries on mfrs. of woollen cloth, kerseymeres, and shawls.
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 Saddleworth has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Oldham. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Saddleworth and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Saddleworth, in Oldham and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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