This is a comprehensive list of resources for researching Heywood’s history. If you have any suggestions for additions to this list, please email me.

Heywood and Surrounds History
  • John A Green, Bibliography of the Town of Heywood, 1902. This link is for my transcription of this book. 
  • John Hannavy, Roger Fenton of Crimble Hall, London, Gordon Fraser, 1975. 
  • Hannah Haynes, Heywood, Chalford Publishing, 1997. 
  • Heywood Living Memories, Heywood Memories Society, 2001-present.
  • John Hudson, Heywood in Old Photographs, Sutton Publishing 1994. 
  • Charles S MacDonald, A History of Hopwood Hall, London, Waldergrave, 1963. 
  • Mike Sheridan, Heywood Book of Remembrance, Hertford, M-Y Books, 2005. 
  • AV Sandiford and TE Ashworth, The Forgotten Valley, Bury: Bury and District Local History Society, 1981. 
  • John Slawson, Hopwood, Heywood and Me, 1986.

Online History for Heywood and Surrounds

Lancashire History with Reference to Heywood

  • Owen Ashmore, The Industrial Archaeology of North-West England, Manchester University Press, 1982. 
  • Margaret Davies, 'A note on an early group of cotton mills', Geography, Vol. 29, No. 2, June 1944. 
  • W. Baldwin, 'The Pleistocene lakes of Rochdale', Transactions of the Rochdale Literary and Scientific Society, 1911, volume 10, pp. 17-21. 
  • B.Pearson, J.Price, V.Tanner and J.Walker, ‘The Rochdale Borough survey’, Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, volume 1, 1985, p. 103. 
  • Countryside Properties Ltd, ‘Unity Mill, Heywood, Historic Building Record’, 2008. 
  • J. Harland, ‘Roman Coins Find’, Proceedings of the Journal of the Archaeological Association, 1856, vol 12, pp. 236-9. 
  • ‘Find of Roman Coins’Proceedings of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society1891, volume 9, p.166
  • Norman Tyson, Excavation of a Cairn at Wind Hill, Heywood, Lancashire, Bury Archaeological Group, 1972. 
  • Walter Baldwin, 'Some Prehistoric finds from Ashworth Moor and neighbourhood', in Transactions of the Manchester Geological & Mining Society, vol. 28, 1903, pp. 108-114. 
  • English Heritage, National Monuments Register, 'Monument No. 890857', Pastscape
  • Gladys Sellers, Walking in the South Pennines, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, Cicerone Press 1991, pp. 14-16. 
  • J Walker and A Tindall, Country Houses of Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, 1985. 


Heywood Sports History


Baptism, Burial and Marriage Records

Natural Environment
  • Irvine Whittaker, Birds of a Lancashire cotton town: Being notes on the avifauna of Heywood, Robert Howe Ltd, 1935.


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