This blog looks at the early history of Lancashire and Salford Hundred (the SE division of the Historic County of  Lancashire) in particular. It’s time to put the region’s history on the map and end years of neglect.

This blog will hopefully become an online website and archive in the future, but for now the blog is  a way to show the potential for Medieval research in Salford Hundred, both in terms of historical sources and the related archaeology of the region.

This blog:

  • shows where you can find medieval documents for the region.
  • gives examples of medieval charters from the region.
  • shows examples of what you can find in the documentation.


The number of documents and the lack of research into them means there is much to be discovered. For example, many charters I refer to boundary ditches still visible today.

The Rochdale area is of particular note due to the large number of charters in the Coucher Book of Whalley Abbey. This area actually the subject of more charters than most parts of England, that includes moorland areas too, not what most people would expect.


A survey of the area around Ding Quarry talks of a “Medieval hiatus”, despite most of the minor place-names being mentioned in medieval charters, and even omitting the nearby Medieval Manor of Naden Head (find more about Naden Head by using the search function).

Using this blog

The blog contains many hypertext links (URLs) to online archives, websites and blogs. You can use the search box, in the right hand column to search (Naden in the example below)  for topics or places.

search example

You can also browse the categories in the  pull-down menu or select a blog title to view it (hypertext links).

A work in progress

This blog is a work in progress, please feel free to make comments or suggestions.

There is plenty to discover so I am waiting to hear what you have found!



Published on February 8, 2009 at 8:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

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