Milnrow is a suburban town in Greater Manchester under the Metropolitan Borough of Rochale, situated on the River Beal at the foothills of the South Penines, approximately two miles east of Rochdale. Milnrow is adjacent to the M62 motorway and includes the villages of Tunshill and Newhey.
During the Middle Ages, Milnrow was a hamlet in the county of Lancashire, located within the township of Butterworth and parish of Rochdale. Although named by the Angol-Saxons, Milnrow was taken by small Norman families during the Norman conquest. In the 1400s, the descendants of these families managed to agitate for a chapel of ease, and this was contructed on the banks of the River Beal, leading to the development as the main settlement in Butterworth. It was only until the Late Middle Ages with the introduction to the woollen trade that led to the sharp population increase of Milnrow.
The townspeople of Milnrow entered the domestic system in order to supplement their income; they produced flannel and woollen cloth in buildings known as weavers' cottages, some of which are now listed buildings. During this era, coalmining and metalworking flourished, however due to the Industrial Revolution, these domestic industries were replaced and converted the area into an urban mill town.Milnrow, Greater Manchester