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Oldham Poor Law Union

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The constituent parishes were:[edit | edit source]

Birch in Hopwood, Lancashire  Tonge cum Alkrington, LancashireChadderton St Matthew, Lancashire Chadderton St John, Lancashire, Coldhurst, Lancashire , East Crompton, Lancashire ,  Glodwick, Lancashire  , Hollinwood, Lancashire , Leesfield, Lancashire, Middleton, Lancashire,   Oldham St Mary, Lancashire,  Oldham St James, Lancashire ,Oldham St Peter, Lancashire , Royton, Lancashire,    Shaw Holy Trinity, Lancashire ,Thornham , Tonge, Waterhead, Lancashire ,Werneth, Lancashire
Later Additions Great Lever, Lancashire

(from 1894):  Littleborough, LancashireMilnrow, Lancashire, Norden , Oldham,  Whitworth, Lancashire.

Records[edit | edit source]

• Oldham Local Studies and Archives, 84 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN. Extensive holdings include: Guardians' minutes (1837-1930); Births (1847-1931); Deaths (1887-94, 1917-47); Creed registers (1891-1946, with gaps); Children received and detained in the workhouse (1910-41); etc.

Workhouse registers of births and deaths, 1847-1922 Microreproduction of original records housed at the Central Library, Oldham. Oldham Central Library: PUO/12/2/1-2, 3/1 Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990

Births, 1847-1922 Deaths, 1887-1894
1655907 Items 1-3

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For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: and