Archives: researching Saddleworth

The Society has an extensive Archives of Saddleworth material. It includes books and published articles, maps, photographs as well as original documents.


Many researchers have deposited their notes and copies of documents such as deeds and wills.  These include:

Bernard Barnes

E Edwards

Julian Hunt

Leonard Kidd

The Archives are stored at Saddleworth Museum, complementing and sharing a room with the Museum’s own Archives.


Find out what’s in our Archives

Find articles from our Bulletin:     scroll down this page

Other places to research Saddleworth

Oldham Local Studies & Archives

Tameside Local Studies & Archives Centre



The Saddleworth Historical Society Bulletin has been published quarterly since 1971. Its articles cover all periods and a wide range of topics.  In addition it publishes original records, book reviews and obituaries.

Saddleworth Marriages



Search for the marriage records here;

St Chad’s Saddleworth  1800 to 1823 (more to add)

Saddleworth marriages in Rochdale Parish 1705 to 1801.

Saddleworth Baptisms

Search over 26,000 Baptism records here:

St Chad’s Church, Saddleworth  1801 to 1837 (more to add)

Delph Independent Chapel  1780 to 1903

Delph Dissenting Chapel 1760 to 1763

Wrigley Mill Wesleyan Methodist Chapel 1883 to 1998

Dobcross Congregational Church 1871 to 1910 (more to add)

Monumental Inscriptions

Search and view monumental inscriptions here:

Christ Church, Denshaw

Uppermill Methodist


(more to be added)

World War I gravestones and lists of unrecorded war deaths

World War I

The starting point for tracing Saddleworth casualties is Bill Mitchinson’s  Saddleworth 1914–1919  published in 1995.  Casualties names were cast on the memorial plaques on the Pots and Pans war memorial. But many families either missed this announcement or, for whatever reason, did not wish their loved-ones to be recorded.

Saddleworth 1914–1919 provided information on over sixty more Saddleworth casualties who were not listed on the Pots & Pans memorial.  Since then, particularly with access to internet information more names have been discovered.  Neil Barrow provided an update, in the Saddleworth Historical Society Bulletin of Summer 2010.

Since then details of more Saddleworth men and women have been discovered, especially from recently uncovered and recorded Saddleworth graveyard memorials MIs, local war memorials and newspaper reports. They all have links with Saddleworth, either through birth, residence, family or employment.



View the archives held at the SHS Archive room, at Saddleworth Museum


Saddleworth Churches & Chapels

Information on Saddleworth Churches, Chapels and their graveyards to follow