Delph

DELPH, a village, in the chapelry of Saddleworth, parish of Rochdale, Upper division of the wapentake of Agbrigg, W. riding of York, 12 miles (N. E.) from Manchester. This village is situated on Friar Mere, and the road from Manchester to Huddersfield and Leeds, and is the principal village in the chapelry; the population is almost wholly engaged in the woollen manufacture. There is a remarkable quarry, designated the Bake-stone quarry, the stone from which is capable of standing any degree of heat; the material is called "delph-stone," and is said to have given to the village its name. There is a branch line from the Hudders-field and Manchester railway at Dobcross to this place. Fairs are held on the 24th April, 9th July, and 24th September. The Independents have a place of worship, erected and endowed in 1747; and there are two for Wesleyans: a school is attached to each. The Roman road from Manchester to York is still visible at Knott Hill, and by way of Hill Top.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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