Rate Books and Valuation Lists

The following list of rates and valuations are original records held at Bury Archives. The list does not distinguish between valuation lists, poor rate or general rate books. The list is arranged by the administrative body / districts (with 3 letter Archives reference code) responsible for the collection of rates in a specific area of what is now Bury MBC. All the rate books are described on our online catalogue.

In many cases gaps in records are due to wartime destruction for paper salvage, but it is still possible that further records may come to light in future.

Bury Poor Law Union (other than areas listed below) (PUB)

  • Ashworth
    • 1864; 1876; 1882
  • Hopwood
    • 1864; 1876; 1882; 1895 (part)
  • Heap (incl. Heywood)
    • 1864; 1876; 1870; 1882; 1895 (parts)
  • Wardleworth
    • 1864
  • Whitworth
    • 1901

Bury Rural District (abolished 1934) (ABR)

  • Ainsworth
    • 1864; 1876; 1882; 1899; 1900 - 1926; 1929
  • Outwood (see also Pilkington)
    • 1901; 1903; 1907 - 1908; 1913 - 1914; 1929
  • Unsworth (see also Pilkington)
    • 1924 - 1926; 1929
  • Pilsworth
    • 1864; 1876; 1882; 1886; 1895; 1899
  • Birtle-cum-Bamford
    • 1864; 1876; 1882; 1895
  • Walmersley-cum-Shuttleworth
    • 1842; 1860-1864; 1870; 1872; 1874-1878; 1881-1883; 1885-1887; 1890; 1892; 1894-1895 (parts); 1910
  • All Townships
    • 1929 - 1934

Bury Township / County Borough (ABP / ABU)

Even before the demise of the Bury RDC, the Borough had extended its boundaries to include portions of neighbouring townships; records for these portions and for the township of Elton, which was completely absorbed after 1894, are included in this list.

Those years marked with * are also available on Microfilm in the family history section.

  • 1789; 1794 - 1796
  • 1838; 1845*; 1846 (Elton only); 1849; 1850*; 1852 (Elton only); 1855*; 1864; 1865*; 1870; 1875; 1876; 1882; 1885*; 1885 (Elton only); 1891 (Elton only); 1894 (Elton only); 1895,
  • 1905, 1910, 1914; 1915; 1919; 1920; 1925; 1928; 1929; 1934;1935 - 1959

Radcliffe Township / Borough (A RD)

  • 1834; 1864; 1867; 1870; 1871; 1874; 1875; 1876; 1882; 1884; 1890; 1894; 1895; 1897 (land only); 1899;
  • 1904; 1910, 1914; 1919; 1924; 1929, 1934, 1936, 1938 - 1945; 1949 - 1958;
  • 1960 - 1961.

From 1894 includes that portion of Pilkington (Stand Lane area) which had been added to Radcliffe.

Pilkington Township (Whitefield, Outwood, Unsworth) (APP)

  • 1770 - 1775; 1783 - 1799
  • 1800 -1802; 1804 - 1822; 1826 - 1830; 1834; 1835; 1837; 1838; 1840 - 1850;
  • 1852 - 1853; 1858; 1860 - 1866; 1871 - 1878; 1880; 1882; 1884

Thereafter, see Whitefield, Radcliffe and Bury RDC.

Prestwich Township / Borough (APR)

  • 1910; 1914-1964

Ramsbottom Township / UDC (ARM)

  • Before 1910, see Tottington/ Tottington Lower End
  • 1895; 1897
  • 1910; 1920;1934; 1937 (draft)

Tottington (Lower End) Township (ATP)

  • 1859; 1861-1862; 1864; 1866-1868; 1870; 1872; 1874-1876; 1878; 1880-1883;
  • 1885 - 1887; 1889; 1890 -1899

Tottington UDC (ATO)

  • 1900 -1902; 1904 -1907; 1909; 1910; 1912 -1914; 1916 -1920; 1924 -1925;
  • 1927 -1945; 1947 -1962

Whitefield UDC

  • Before 1890, see Pilkington
  • 1890; 1891; 1896
  • 1901; 1906; 1907; 1911; 1916; 1921; 1926 - 1928; 1931; 1936; 1941 - 1942; 1946 - 1947