HEATON, LITTLE, a township, in the parish of Prestwich, union of Manchester, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 5 miles (N.) from Manchester; containing 808 inhabitants. It comprises 242 acres, Cheshire measure, of which three-fourths are meadow and pasture, and the remainder arable; the soil in the lower parts is sandy, in the higher clayey. This and the adjoining township of Great Heaton are divided into detached portions, intermixed one with another. On the river Irk is a bleaching-factory. The tithes have been commuted for £55.