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History of Ordsall Parish
Ordsall is mentioned in the Doomsday book. Its church was probably built around the middle of the 13th century. The first Rector we know of was William de Bilburg who was presented to the living in 1277. From its beginning to the 16th century records are sparse. Until the 20th century Ordsall was a small farming village, never important, and from 1754 Rectors did not reside in the parish until Thomas King arrived in 1841.
Ordsall Population 1743 - 60 families; 1832 - 809 (205 houses); 1841 - 426 (Ordsall village only); 1844 - 755 (253 houses); 1861 - 1,911 (462 houses); 1881 - 3,011; 1891 - 3,852. The mid-nineteenth century growth reflects the arrival of the railways. Map from 1887.