Oldham Local Interest Research



Our Branch and individual research activities can include anything and everything that we can discover about our ancestors, their lives and their stories.
It's been written that there is a novel in all of us, just waiting to be written. Well, I'm not so sure about that! However, I do believe that there is a story in all of us, waiting to be given a 'voice'.


The links below, in our 'Pictorial Index' will take all our visitors to the numerous website pages where you can find stories, galleries and articles about our Oldham & District  history and ancestry.
Please note ... some of the links may take you to a page on another website, or to a .pdf, in which case, it will open in  a new tab.

Transcription of chapter, 22 pages, extracted from :
by Edward Baines, Esq. M.P.
Vol. II. Pub. 1836

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Transcript from : 'The Annals of Manchester'
ed. William E.A. Axon, Pub. 1886
with: Link to .pdf List of Manchester Borough Reeves from 1552 - 1846
with: List of Mayors of Manchester

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New Articles, will be added to the Pictorial Index, here ...

Oldham & District Mills

List of mills extracted from :
'The Cotton Mills of Oldham' by Duncan Gurr & Julian Hunt. Published in 1998

Links to five .pdfs, each listing all the mills, in columns, with dates, names, locations and some notes. Each file has the data sorted differently, facilitating different search criteria.

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Grotton Hall, Saddleworth & the Buckley Family

Transcripts from:
* 'A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain' Vol. 2, written by John Bernard Burke and published in 1853.
* Bulletin of the Saddleworth Historical Society' in Number 1, , Vol. 15, (1985) © Saddleworth Historical Society
*A Genealogical Memorial of the Family of Buckley of Derby and Saddleworth'  by Henry Fishwick, published in 1900

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Evans Coal Miners – From Broseley to Oldham

Hartley Bateson wrote “A History of Oldham” in 1949, in which he states that coal mining grew in Oldham with “…the arrival in town of two poor Welsh labourers, John Evans and William Jones, sometime before 1770.”

Well, not quite!

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Custom Roll and Rental of the Manor of Ashton-under-Lyne, November 11, 1422.

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A German Armaments Manufacturer in Oldham During World War One 
by Dorothy Bintley

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Finding Early Burials in Oldham & District
by Rodney Melton

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'The Court Leet Records of the Manor of Manchester'
'The Court Leet or View of Frank Pledge,15th October, 1819'

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Ancestry and Local History Articles
A menu of articles, with links, to be found on the Oldham HRG website.
The articles cover a wide variety of subjects, contributed by readers.

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Reprinted from the 'Oldham Express' in 'Local Notes and Gleanings' by Giles Shaw,
Vol.1, 1886 - 1887 p.194 - 195

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The Gallery Page

A collection of photos and pictures with links to our local district, 
contributed by our website visitors.

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The 1st/10th Bt of the Manchester Regiment, the Oldham Territorials, were there, and suffered many losses.
Find their names, and those of local men in other regiments, who lost their lives, in Gallipoli, from April to December, 1915.

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The 16th(S) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, in the Second Battle of the Somme, at Manchester Hill, 21st March,1918,
An Account of the Battle; names of local men who died; and the names of all other men in the 16th, who died on the day or from the wounds received.

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Although we are always more than happy to receive articles, pictures etc., for the pages, copyright is always a tricky issue so do please make sure that you have the right to use any text or illustrations that you send! It is also helpful if you include a record of the source material that you use.

Contact me at < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

The copyright of any contributions that you send will pass to the MLFHS unless you inform us, of your wish to retain copyright yourself, at the time of sending. The Branch Website Editor reserves the right to edit any contributions before publication.

Where to find it ...

Navigate the Branch website pages and see at a glance where you might find what you are looking for, HERE

New content ongoing

The Hidden pages (below) are really pages 'in waiting'; they are waiting for new content to be added. They will then be the subject of a link from the 'Pictorial Index'. At the moment, their only link is to the 'in waiting' page with the Oldham graphic and sometimes partial, in progress content.

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