Newton is a township in the parish and parliamentary borough of Manchester, 2 miles E. of the town. Number of acres 1,251. Culcleth is said to have been a Mercian settlement. A manorial court is held. The episcopal church or chapel, All Saints' was built prior to 1650, rebuilt 1814, annual value of curacy £155.The Wesleyans have a chapel. The manufactories are one each of cotton and silk. The railway to Leeds, and the Rochdale canal, pass here. Population in 1801, 1,295; 1811, 1,784; 1821, 2,577; 1831, 4,377. There is a partially endowed school. In 1834 there were sunday schools 4, dame 7, common 3, evening 2, scholars 1,471. The value of property 1815 was £5,900; 1829, £9,325.
(5) A Statistical Sketch of the County Palatine of Lancaster 1841 by Edwin Butterworth.