Lever, Little, a township in the parish of Bolton, hundred of Salford, 3 miles S.E. from Bolton. Inhabitants 1854. Inthis township the Bolton Canal passes over the Irwell, by a lofty aqueduct of three arches. Little Lever gave birth of Thomas Lever, an eloquent and popular preacher in the reign of Edward VI. During the persecution of Mary he retired abroad : at his return, being suspected of favouring Calvinistic principles, he was deprived of his prefermen's except the mastership of Sherborn Hospital, where he died in 1577. He published some sermons, scarcely known at present, but which, like those of Bishop Latimer, contain some curious particulars relative to the manners of the times. At Lever was also born, in 1629, Oliver Heywood, a nonconformist divine. He died in 1702. He was esteemed an able, laborious and conscientious minister. He published some tracts on Theological subjects not now remembered.
(3) The New Lancashire Gazetteer or Topographical Dictionary 1830