Middleton  Lancashire


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

Middleton.-- market town, par., and township, SE. Lancashire, 3½ miles W. of Oldham and 6 miles N. of Manchester by rail - par., 12,101 ac., pop. 25,213; township, 1930 ac., pop. 10,346; town (comprising, besides Middleton township, the townships of Alkrington and Tonge in Prestwich par.), 4585 ac., pop. ...

18,953; 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Friday. Only 20 houses were here in 1770, and the progress of the town may be dated from 1791 when it received a charter for a weekly market. The town is situated in a fine valley of the Irk. It is now a place with considerable mfrs., the chief trades being silk weaving, cotton spinning, and calico printing. Minor employments are soap-making, machine-making, ironfounding, and the mfr. of chemicals.

Middleton through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 21st April 2024

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