You can explore over 150 informative pages all about different aspects of the history of Heywood through the links below:

Link to the history of the centuries before the creation of Heywood, Lancashire
The centuries before the creation of a place named Heywood.  Ice Age landscape / Bronze Age people / Roman rule / Danelaw

Link to history of the early centuries of Heywood, Lancashire
The early centuries of the village of Heywood.  Birth of Heywood / Dating the Heywood Charter / Elizabethan Map / People of 1655 / The Heywood family / Halls of Heywood

Link to history of place names associated with Heywood, Lancashire
The ever-changing place-names associated with Heywood. Meaning of the name / Spellings of 'Heywood' / Why 'Monkey Town'? / 1549 names at Ashworth / Old place names

Link to the history of early industries in Heywood, Lancashire.
The early industries that helped to shape the growing town. Coal mining / Mines and pits / Wool fullers / Paper-making / Cheesden Valley mills / Gnat Bank / Lost industries

Link to history of leisure and culture in Heywood, Lancashire
Culture in the town of Heywood. Folklore and superstition / Rushbearing / Festivals and holidays / Gristlehurst Boggart / The People's Park / Notable 19th-century Heywoodites / Old pubs / Countryside of Heywood / Cinemas / Deeply Vale music festivals 

Link to history of political struggles in Heywood, Lancashire, after the Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution sparks social change and conflict. Sam Bamford / People's Charter / Fall of the handloom weavers / Charles Howarth and the Co-op / Marx and Engels

Link to history of writings about 19th century Heywood, Lancashire
Memorable descriptions of the young town from visiting writers.  Edwin Butterworth (1830) / 1840s Heywood / Edwin Waugh (1855) / To the cemetery (1850s) / Heywood in 1858

Link to histories of schools in Heywood, Lancashire,
Early years of education in Heywood. Heywood schools timeline / The Free School 1737-1891 / Hatter's School / Heywood Grammar

Link to history of churches in Heywood, Lancashire
Religion and churches in Heywood over the centuries. Heywood churches timeline / St Luke's graveyard / History of St Luke's / Whit Walks / Journey of a stained-glass window / Unitarianism / Cemetery photo gallery

Link to the history of the mills of Heywood, Lancashire
History of the mills that dominated and shaped Heywood. 'Old Mills of Heywood' map / Crimble Mill / Hooley Bridge in 1869 / Crooked chimney / Makin (Roach) Mill / Factory children

Link to history of hanging and murder in Heywood, Lancashire
Stories of murders and hangings associated with Heywood. Hanging in Heywood? / Murder at Birtle (1826) / The Plumpton Wood murder 

Link to history of shops and shopping in Heywood, Lancashire
Some of the old shops that used serve the people of Heywood. Market Place in 1848 / Old shops / Heywood markets

Link to history of sports in Heywood, Lancashire
Sporting life in Heywood. Blood sports / Heywood Cricket Club / Early football / Sports stars

Link to the municipal history of Heywood, Lancashire
The changing official status of Heywood. Heywood becomes a town / The Mayors and MPs of Heywood

Links to the history of transport in early Heywood, Lancashire
How people used to get around - and in and out of - Heywood. Early transport / Electric trams

Link to history of wars and Heywood, Lancashire, over the centuries
How the various wars have affected Heywood. English Civil Wars / Crimean War / The 1860s cotton famine / Letter from Khartoum / Heywood and Gallipoli / Heywood MPs killed in action / Heywood Spitfires / Air raid shelters

Links to the story of modern Heywood, Lancashire
Life in Heywood after the decline of the cotton mills. Fall of King Cotton / Heywood in British Pathe / Green Booth / Darnhill / Bommy nights / Heywood in 1981 / River Roch slideshow