Wardle is mentioned several times in the Coucher Book of Whalley Abbey, here are the names from the published index:

“Suanus” would appear to be a Scandinavian name often written as Swain, Orm is also a Scandinavian name. Note the variation in the spelling of Wardle,┬á “Wardul” and “Wordul”.

The “de” means “of,” so the names were Petrus of “Wordul” and so on.

These people gave land to Whalley Abbey, which was granted land by many individuals in the Parish of Rochdale. This indicates that many freemen held land, not just the main landowners of the parish of Rochdale.

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