In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bardsley like this:
BARDSLEY, a chapelry in Ashton-under-Lyne parish, Lancashire; 2 miles N by W of Ashton. Pop., 2,721. Houses, 529. The inhabitants are employed chiefly in cotton factories, iron-works, and coal-mines. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £22l.* Patrons, Hulme's Trustees. The church was built in l844, and schools in 1846, at costs of £2,500 and £2,100.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bardsley, in Oldham and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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