Saddleworth Historical Society

bringing history to life

Library and Archives

Saddleworth MuseumThe Saddleworth Museum in Uppermill is home to the combined archives of the Museum itself and those of the Saddleworth Historical Society.


Other relevant archives, particularly for parish register copies, include the Oldham Local Studies Library and the Archives and Local Studies Unit of the Manchester Central Library.

In addition to material acquired by the Saddleworth Historical Society itself, the archive includes a number of collections donated by, or on behalf of, members and friends.  These include:

The Canon Airne Collection
This includes material from the registers of St Anne's church, Lydgate, from 1788 onwards, title deeds and deeds of conveyance relating to properties in Lydgate, and documents about church services held on special occasion in Saddleworth.

The F. G. Battye Collection
Photographs of people and buildings in Saddleworth and a brief history of the Saddleworth and District Weavers Union are included in this collection.

The E. L. Edwards Collection 
This substantial collection includes five volumes relating to Dobcross, a volume of photographs of Delph,  Dobcross,  Greenfield,  Lydgate and Uppermill,  a volume about the textile industry,  with photographs of buildings and machinery, and material relating to the history of Saddleworth.

The A.J. Howcroft Collection
One of the Society's most important collections, this includes material from the papers of George Shaw and Thomas Shaw, bought by Mr Howcroft in the  1920s when St Chad's, Uppermill, was sold.  Notes about the Radcliffe and Shaw families accompany the Shaw papers.

The Julian Hunt Collection

A very large number of deeds, wills, plans and other documents accompany a gazetteer of Saddleworth in this collection. Material relating to the estate of Edmund Buckley (1780-1867) and his descendants is included, and there is information about many other families, including the Lawtons, Radcliffes, Scholefields and Woods.

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