What's in a Name?
Ever since people first started giving to names to the landmarks and localities in and around Heywood, many of those names have constantly changed and evolved over time. The maps of bygone times show that our ancestors knew the places around Heywood by quite different names to those ones used today.
|Why was Heywood was spelled in dozens of different ways over the centuries?|
|Do we know the actual meaning of the word 'Heywood'?|
|Why does Heywood have the rather unusual nickname of 'Monkey Town'?|
|How did place names affect a dispute over land at Ashworth in the 16th century - and what survives of those names today?|
|'Charles Town', 'Bit-Bats', 'Hays Hill' and 'New York' - what became of old names like this on the Heywood landscape?|