Resources and Links
This collection of Internet resources, publications, libraries and services should be helpful to your further research. Please note that this page is not actively maintained. I cannot guarantee that any of these links still work.
Any reading about the 17th century in England will help you understand our emigrant ancestor and his times, especially those books which describe the growth of the textile industry in southeast Lancashire. A small booklet, “The Cotton Industry” by Chris Aspen, was especially helpful to me, describing the industry, its connection with America, and its effect on the world. It can be ordered from its publisher: Shire Publications Ltd., Cromwell House, Church Street, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 9AA for £2.25 (not including shipping).
How to send money to England
Books about Ainsworth Village
The little Parish Church in Ainsworth has copies of a small booklet “A History of Ainsworth Parish Church.”
A more thorough book was written by the former vicar, The Rev’d K.P. Bullock and called “The Story of Cockey Moor.” This book, which was essentially a private publication, may not still be in print. I do not know where copies could be obtained. Any history of the village of Ainsworth is a history of the Ainsworth family, at least in part. I was able to glance through this book in the library but could not take a copy out nor photocopy it. Father Bullock is retired but still living.
Bury Archive Service. Address: The Archivist, 1st Floor, Derby Hall Annex, Edwin Street (off Crompton Street) Bury BL9 OAS. Telephone (0161) 797 6697
Ainsworth village is legally part of Bury, and the library in Bury has a few items of local historical interest. The little library in Ainsworth village (one small room) had no materials about local history.
Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service. Address: The Archivist, Central Library, Civic Centre, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE. Telephone (01204) 522311 ext 2179. Fax (01204) 363224.
The Ainsworth Bleach Works were in neighboring Bolton and this collection has a large amount of information about that branch of the Ainsworth family.
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