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Openshaw, Lancashire

Historical Description

Openshaw, a township in Manchester city, on the Manchester and Stockport Canal, and on the M.S. & L.R. It has two stations on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Manchester. Acreage, including Little Droylesden, 579; population, 23,927. There are extensive engineering and numerous iron works, besides large railway works. The Whitworth trustees have erected splendid baths, library, and reading and recreation rooms in the centre of the township. The township is divided into two ecclesiastical parishes, viz.-StBarnabas, constituted in 1839, population, 11,715; and St Clements, Higher Openshaw, constituted in 1881; population, 9885. The livings are rectories in the diocese of Manchester; values, £300, with residence. There are several dissenting chapels.

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 
Poor Law unionChorlton 

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 Openshaw 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 districtM11
Post TownManchester