Todmorden in 1839
Todmorden is in Salford hundred, 21 miles from Manchester and 207 from London. The town is partly in the townships of Todmorden and Walsden, in Rochdale parish, containing together 1,011 acres, with a population in 1831of 6,054, and partly in the townships of Langfield and Stansfield, in Halifax parish, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, which have an area of 8,540 acres, with a population in 1831 of 10,776; together 9,551 acres, population 16,830. The inhabitants are engaged in the cotton and woollen manufactures, both of which have greatly increased. There are two episcopal chapels, both of modern date, but one was rebuilt on the site of a more ancient chapel ; there are also several dissenting meeting-houses. The market is on Thursday. Every month there is a great cattle-market ; there are two yearly fairs. The Rochdale Canal and the Manchester and Leeds Railway pass near the town. The living is a perpetual curacy in the archdeaconry and in the diocese of Chester, of the clear yearly value of £134, with a glebe-house. There were in 1833, in the four townships, four infant or dame schools, with 105 children, sixteen day-schools with 534 children, one day and Sunday school with 30 children on week-days, and 130 on Sundays ; and eighteen other Sunday-schools with 3,616 scholars.