Affetside is a village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester, England. Prior to 1974 it was in Lancashire; it is now in the Tottington ward of Bury Council. It is located in the West Pennine Moors and shares a border with the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in North West England.
Affetside is derived from the Old English ofer meaning border or boundary and side, meaning hillside meaning the boundary on the hill, which is appropriate as its highest point is 900 ft (277 m) above sea level. The boundary follows the route of the Roman road known as Watling Street that ran from Manchester (Mamucium) and Ribchester (Bremetennacum) built in about 72AD. Affetside has been recorded with various spellings since the 16th century: Avesyde, Haffetside, Affaitsyde, Offyside, Affetsid. The present spelling was first recorded in 1504.
The village is situated on the Roman road between Manchester and Ribchester. The main street was called Watling Street. Development of the village accelerated in the 1700s when it provided grazing, blacksmiths and inns to travellers using the packhorse route. The 'Pack Horse Inn' was built in 1443.
A day school opened in Affetside Chapel in 1879. As the building was shared, the congregation put out desks on Monday mornings and removed them on Friday in preparation for the Sunday service and did so until the school closed in August 2003.
The village lost 15 church and school members in the First World War. The chapel congregation raised funds for a memorial and purchased a new organ which was unveiled in 1920 and is still in use.
In 1955 Tottington Urban District Council suggested demolishing sub-standard cottages in the village and rehousing the occupants in Tottington. The suggestion was overwhelmingly unpopular. A battle for piped water caused residents to form an action group and piped water was supplied to the village from 1976.
A local historian, and author of; Affetside, an historical survey believes the village’s strength shows through its survival. He says: