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The Parish of Rochdale, or Rochdale St. Chad was an ancient parish which spanned both the Salfordshire hundredmarker of Lancashiremarker, and the Agbrigg wapentakemarker of Yorkshiremarker, in northern England. It dates from the 12th century, and was originally a dependency of Whalley Abbeymarker. Centred on Rochdalemarker, it was one of the largest parishes of Salfordshire and anciently divided into four divisions - Hundersfield, Spotlandmarker, Castletonmarker and Butterworthmarker.

It was recorded in the Domesday Book as "Recedham", and later in 1242 as "Rachedale". It contained the villages of Todmordenmarker, Milnrowmarker, Littleboroughmarker and Whitworthmarker, and within its ecclesiastical jurisdiction was also the Chapelry of Saddleworthmarker.

Townships and chapelries

For many years, Rochdale contained several townships:

Rochdale also included the chapelry of Saddleworthmarker from the county of Yorkshiremarker.

See also


'The parish of Rochdale', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5 (1911), pp. 187-201. URL: Date accessed: 03 June 2007.

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