Bardsley, Greater Manchester
The place name itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon given name "Beornraëd" plus the Anglo-Saxon word "leah" which means wood clearing, therefore meaning "a woodland clearing of a man called Beornraëd".
Following the Local Government Act 1894, Bardsley constituted a civil parish within the Limehurst Rural District and administrative county of Lancashire. Limehurst was included in the Ashton-under-Lyne Poor Law Union.
In 1951, owing to urbanisation, part of Bardsley was incorporated into the neighbouring County Borough of Oldham and in 1954, Limehurst Rural District was abolished with the rest of the parish of Bardsley joining the County Borough of Oldham.
Historic boundaries of Bardsley civil parish: http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit/10332655/boundary
- *E Elkwall, The Place-Names of Lancashire, Manchester University Press, 1922; A D Mills, A Dictionary of English Place-Names, Oxford University Press, 1998
- 'The parish of Ashton-under-Lyne: Introduction, manor & boroughs', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 338–347. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=41438&strquery=ashton under lyne Date accessed: 09 July 2013
- http://web.archive.org/web/20110718144414/http://www.gmcro.co.uk/Guides/Gazeteer/gazzb.htm Greater Manchester County Record Office Retrieved 9 July 2013
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