The name Rooden is very old and in the fourteenth century the Holland family owned this area of Prestwich. The word comes from 'Rudying' and means in Anglo-Saxon a 'clearing of trees'. Rainsough, the original spelling being Rainshowe is also derived from the Anglo-Saxon. The second syllable is the Saxon word for hill.


Yates's map of Lancashire shows how rural the Parish of Prestwich was during the late 18th century. The area consisted mainly of green fields and wide open spaces with a number of houses dotted about the country-side. Prestwich village was made up of two parts; one being fairly close to the church and the other around Great and Little Heaton.

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Simister Village

Simister family history