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Failsworth, Lancashire

Historical Description

Failsworth, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in in Manchester civil parish, Lancashire. The township lies on j the Eochdale Canal, and has a station on the Oldham branch i of the L. & Y.R., 4 miles NE of Manchester; and has a j post, money order, and telegraph office under Manchester, i and a station on the railway. Acreage, 1073; population, j 10,425. The township is governed by a local board, j The chief industry is cotton spinning, but cotton and silk i weaving and the manufacture of hats are also carried on. j The chapelry is coterminate with the township, and was constituted in 1846. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester; gross value, £300 with residence. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church was built in 1846. There are Congregational, Wesleyan, Uni-tarian, Methodist New Connexion, Swedenborgian, and Roman Catholic chapels, and several schools. The Swedenborgian chapel was erected in 1889 near the site of an older one.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLancashire 
Civil parishManchester 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in association with Lancashire Archives, have images of the Parish Registers for Lancashire online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Failsworth from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Lancashire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth West
Postal districtM35
Post TownManchester