The Land Before Heywood

Before this place was named Heywood, millennia of human history had already unfolded. Although physical evidence is limited, we do know that people lived within the wider district during the Bronze Age, the Roman era and the Danelaw. It was only after this time, during the 13th century AD, that a settlement named Heywood (or Hewode) was created.

The pages linked below will explore:

Link to history of Ice Age and Heywood, Lancashire
How the last great Ice Age shaped the valleys of Heywood, and how those waterways powered early local industries.

Link to the history of Heywood, Lancashire, during the Bronze Age
How archaeological evidence shows us that Bronze Age people were living - and dying - in the local district up to 4,000 years ago.

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