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Sharples, lying on a ridge (escarpment) the lower part of Smithills Moor derives its name from two Old English words, 'scearp' meaning steep and 'hyll' for a hill. Around 1212 the name is Charples which became Scharples in 1246.

The family name Ward is associated with the area, the leading family were placed as stewards, or wards of the area during the middle ages.

The A673 Belmont Road leads north west up towards Belmont. East takes you to Astley Bridge. South west along the A58 ring road is the junction with Smithills Dean Road.

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