Littleborough, Lancashire Family History Guide

Littleborough is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1745 from chapelry in Rochdale St Chad Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Wuerdale, Whitelees, Summit, Smithy Bridge, Sladen, Shore, Rake, Laneside, Gale, Featherstall, Durn, Chelburn, Calderbrook, Calder Brook, and Blatchinworth.

Alternative names:

Parish church: Holy Trinity

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1787
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1758

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

LITTLEBOROUGH, a parochial chapelry, in the parish and union of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 3½ miles (N. E. by E.) from Rochdale. This place is supposed to have been the site of a small Roman station. The Roman road from Manchester to York skirts the village, and several relics have been found in the immediate vicinity; among them, in 1793, the right arm of a silver statue of Victory, which Dr. Whitaker conjectures, with much probability, from the inscription upon it, “Victoriæ leg vi vic val rvfus vslm,” to have been the arm of a votive statue of Valerius Rufus, broken off, and lost by the Roman army in one of their marches from York to Manchester. Littleborough lies on the road from Rochdale to Halifax, and is intersected by the Rochdale canal. The Manchester and Leeds railway, also, has a station here; and at a short distance attains its summit level, 330 feet above the Manchester station, and 440 feet above the terminal station at Normanton, in Yorkshire. It proceeds through a tunnel in Calderbrook, 2869 yards in length, 24 feet wide, and 22 in height, and having 14 shafts ten feet in diameter, varying from 50 to 300 feet in depth: in the formation of this tunnel, 1000 men were employed, and more than £251,000 expended. The population is chiefly employed in three flannel-mills, four cotton-factories, in bleachworks, six coal-pits, a stone-quarry, and in brick-making. About a mile east of Littleborough is Pike House, the ancient seat of the Halliwells, and now of their descendants, the Beswickes: the oldest remaining parts of the house were built in 1609, and the more modern alterations were made in 1703; the situation is remarkably picturesque, and the grounds are laid out with much taste. Town House has been the seat of the Newall family from the reign of Henry VI., and is now occupied by Mrs. Newall. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £190; patron, the Vicar of Rochdale: there is a parsonage-house. The chapel, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was licensed for mass by the convent of Whalley, in 1476; it was rebuilt about 1815, in the early English style, and a gallery has since been erected. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans, and another for Association Methodists. A free school founded by Theophilus Halliwell, barrister-at-law, in 1688, was endowed by him with lands at Haugh-End, in Sowerby, in the parish of Halifax; and was further endowed in 1699 by the will of his brother, Capt. Richard Halliwell. It affords instruction to about 30 children, who, and the master, are nominated by the founder’s representative, now a minor, of Pike House. Day and Sunday schools have also been built here.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Holy Trinity Church, Littleborough, graveyard inscriptions, c.1680-1950 Author: Littleborough Local Historical Society

St. Andrew’s Church, Dearnley Littleborough, memorial inscriptions Author: Dearnley Cemetery (Dearnley, Lancashire)

Church Records

Baptism and membership registers, 1881-1921 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church (Littleborough, Lancashire)

Baptismal register, 1840-1907 Author: Temple Chapel (Littleborough, Lancashire : Wesleyan Methodist)

Baptismal register, 1849-1896 Author: Littleborough Association Chapel (Littleborough, Lancashire : Wesleyan Methodist)

Baptismal register, 1868-1913 Author: Rakewood Chapel (Littleborough, Lancashire : Wesleyan Methodist)

Baptismal register, 1869-1901 Author: Methodist Church (Littleborough, Lancashire)

Baptismal register, 1881-1915 Author: Littleborough New Connexion Chapel (Littleborough, Lancashire : Methodist)

Baptismal register, 1896-1914 Author: United Methodist Free Church (Littleborough, Lancashire)

Bishop’s transcripts for Littleborough, 1758-1844 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Littleborough (Lancashire)

Parish registers for St. Chad’s, Rochdale, 1592-1900 Author: Church of England. St. Chad’s Church (Rochdale, Lancashire); Church of England. St. Mary’s Church (Wardleworth, Lancashire); Church of England. Chapelry of Littleborough (Lancashire); Church of England. Chapelry of Whitworth (Lancashire)

Parish registers for St. James’ Church, Blatchinworth-with-Calderwood, 1870-1990 Author: Church of England. St. James’ Church (Blatchinworth, Lancashire); Manchester Archives Central Library


Macdonalds’ directory : Rochdale, Milnrow, Littleborough, Bacup, Rossendale, Haslingden and Todmorden


Historical and personal notes upon the village of Littleborough … : … with the family history of John Taylor … Author: Travis, John


Bury, Rochdale and Littleborough Author: Great Britain. Ordnance Survey

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