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Local History Books

A number of books and documents, by famous local people, have been digitised as ebooks to allow access to the information via our website. The books are listed below. Links to chapters/pages are in PDF format - some files are quite big and may take a while to download.

A Translation of an 'Inquisition taken at Racdall the Eighteenth Daye of November in the Yeares of the Reigne of our Soverraigne Lord James by the Grace of God Kinge of England, France and Ireland. Before William Currer Esq, the King's Majesty Surveyor. Robert Heawood; Abraham Belfield; Francis Wolfstenholme; Charles Holte; William Bamford; Thomas Redfearne; Richard ...

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Edgar Wood was an architect, artist, craftsman, conservationist and town planner. At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, he had a national and international reputation and was regarded as the most important avant-garde architect in the north of England. Wood was born into a wealthy Middleton family in 1860. From an early age he had a passion for art and spent ho ...

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Edited by J A Green Contents Volume  Pages 1-4 Index 1 - Index 1 - 1 - 51 1 - 52 - 102 1 - 103 - 134 1 - 135 - 194 2 - Index 2 - 1 - 62 2 - 63 - 108 2 - 109 - 152 2 - 153 - 192 3 - Index 3 - 1 - 68 3 - 69 - 97 3 - 98 - 126 3 - 127 - 194 4 - Index 4 - 1 - 56 4 - 57 - 106 4 - 107 - 150 4 - 151 - 175 4 - 176 - 181 ...

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The History of Rochdale by Henry Fishwick, F.S.A. although published in 1889 is still regarded as one of the definitive texts on the history of the Rochdale Area. Henry Fishwick was a prolific author on Lancashire history as well as being an Alderman and Mayor of Rochdale Corporation. Chapter I General History - Pages 1-64 Chapter II Township History Castleton - Pages ...

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Parish Register Index for Rochdale Borough 9th Edition ...

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A History and Description of the Town and Parish of Rochdale in Lancashire by James Butterworth - 12 September 1828. Contents and Subscribers Parish of Rochdale - Pages 17-36 General History of the town of Rochdale - Pages 37-106 Township of Butterworth - Pages 106-128 Township of Castleton - Pages 128-144 Township of Hundersfield - Pages 144-188 Township of Spotland - Pages 188-207 A History and ...

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Rebe Taylor's account of the historical development of Rochdale from before Domesday to the 1950s is an entertaining read. If you find Fishwick's account rather daunting then this might be the ideal starting point from which to dicsover Rochdale's fascinating history. Chapter I Rochdale before Domesday - 1086 Chapter II Normans and Plantagenets -1086-1485 Chapte ...

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John Dean's account of the History of Middleton could be said to be a classic text outlining the fascinating development of the area. Cover Contents and Dedication Chapter I The Parish Church - Pages 1-13 Chapter II The Parish Church Cardinal Langley's Work - Pages 14-24 Chapter III The Parish Church The Norman and Tudor Work Pages 25-36 Chapter IV Cardinal Langley including Pedigree - Pages 37-44 Chapter V-VII The Ancient Lords o ...

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