Bury  Lancashire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Bury like this:

Bury.-- parl. and mun. bor., par., and township, SE. Lancashire, 11 miles NW. of Manchester and 195 NW. of London by rail -- par., 25,916 ac. (265 water), pop. 90,494; township, 2330 ac., pop. 39,283; parliamentary bor., pop. 53,240; mun. bor., 3390 ac., pop. 52,213; 4 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. ...

B. is situated on an eminence between the Irwell and the Roche, and is a clean, well-built town. The staple industry is the cotton mfr.; but there are also extensive works for bleaching, calico-printing, dyeing, engine-making, and the making of machinery; there is still some woollen mfr.; and in the district are coal pits and stone quarries. Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850) was born at the adjoining seat of Chamber Hall. B. is connected by canal with Manchester and Bolton. The bor. returns 1 member to Parliamen.

Bury through time

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


Date accessed: 21st April 2024

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