Openshaw  Lancashire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Openshaw like this:

OPENSHAW, a township and a chapelry in Manchester parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Manchester and Stockport canal, and on the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire railway, 2½ miles E by S of Manchester; contains a large village of its own name; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Ashton-under-Lyne. ...

Acres, 571. Real property, £2, 866. Pop. in 1851, 3, 759; in 1861, 8, 623. Houses, 1, 688. The increase of pop. arose from the establishment of ironworks and chemical works. The manor belongs to G.Legh, Esq. There are a large cotton mill, weaving-sheds, extensive dye-works, a very extensive manufactory of railway carriages, and a depôt for repairs of locomotiveengines. The chapelry was constituted in 1840; was, till 1861 or later, conterminate with the township; and was subsequently curtailed, so as to have a pop. of only2, 777. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £300. Patrons, Trustees. The church was built in 1839, at a cost of £4, 500; is in the early English style; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and spire; and contains 800 sittings. A Wesleyan chapel was built in 1864, at a cost of £2, 600; is in the Anglo-Italian style; and contains 600 sittings. There are also chapels for New Connexion Methodists. United Free Methodists, and Roman Catholics; and schools, called the Cobden Memorial schools, were built in connexion with the United Free Methodist chapel in 1866, at a cost of about £800. There is likewise a mixednational school, with £25 a year from endowment.

Openshaw through time

Openshaw is now part of Manchester district. Click here for graphs and data of how Manchester has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Openshaw itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Openshaw, in Manchester and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 03rd December 2021

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