Spotland, in NW Rochdale, was one of four townships of Rochdale parish and included Whitworth, Healey and Naden. This area is mentioned in a large number of medieval charters from the Coucher Book of Whalley Abbey.
There were many small freeholders who gave land to the Abbey. These small farmsteads typified settlement in the area, which was perhaps not as sparsely populated as some histories have claimed. Certainly the creation of remote assarts, such as Birchen Holts in the 16th Century, indicate that even by this time land was in short supply and marginal land was being reclaimed.
“Naueden” is modern Naden, spelling was not only very different but inconsistent too. Yrefford was also written as Irifford and was a ford on the river Roche which was probably originally called “”Yre” or” Irre”.
Spotland Personal Names