Failsworth, Lancashire Family History Guide

Failsworth is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1844 from Newton All Saints Ecclesiastical Parish.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1845

Nonconformists include: Methodist New Connexion, Presbyterian Unitarian, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Failsworth

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FAILSWORTH, a township, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Manchester parish and district, Lancashire. The township lies on the Rochdale canal, and near the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, 4½ miles NE by E of Manchester; and has a post office under Manchester. Acres, 1,064. Real property, £16,052; of which £450 are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 4,433; in 1861, 5,113. Houses, 1,054. The increase of population arose from the erection of cotton mills and manufactories, the enlargement of a foundry, and the facilities afforded for traffic by canal. The chapelry is conterminate with the township; and was constituted in 1844. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £211. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church was built in 1846. There are four dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, and national schools. The sub-district includes Moston township. Pop., 8, 312.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Failsworth, 4 m. N. E. Manchester. P. 3879

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

FAILSWORTH, co. Pal. of Lancaster.

P.T. Manchester (184) 4 m. N E b E. Pop. 3358.

A township in the parish of Manchester and hundred of Salford

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

FAILSWORTH, a township, in the parish of Manchester, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 4 1/4 miles (N. E. by E.) from Manchester; containing 3879 inhabitants. Here is a national school.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Barrow James, Failsworth, Manchester, victualler, Oct. 26, 1832.

Milnes James, Failsworth, Manchester, victualler & bone dealer, July 29, 1836.

Parkinson George, Failsworth, Lancashire, tanner, Jan. 6, 1821.

Robinson James, Failsworth, Manchester, copperas manufacturer, June 18, 1825.

Worthington Matt., Failsworth, Lancashire, bleacher & dyer, March 31. 1829.


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  • County: Lancashire
  • Civil Registration District: Manchester
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Manchester
  • Rural Deanery: Bury
  • Poor Law Union: Prestwich
  • Hundred: Salford
  • Province: York