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Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies amid the Pennines on elevated ground between the rivers Irk and Medlock, 5.3 miles (8.5 km) south-southeast of Rochdale, and 6.9 miles (11.1 km) northeast of the city of Manchester. Oldham is surrounded by several smaller towns that together form the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, of which Oldham is the administrative centre.

man walking past Lower Oldham Rd Post Office, closes after the owners fail to sell the business

Pictured Lower Oldham Rd Post Office, closes after the owners fail to sell the business.

Historically in Lancashire, and with little early history to speak of, Oldham rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and among the first ever industrialised towns, rapidly becoming "one of the most important centres of cotton and textile industries in England". At its zenith, it was the most productive cotton spinning mill town in the world, producing more cotton than France and Germany combined. Oldham's textile industry began to fall into decline during the mid-20th century, and its last mill closed in 1998.

Greenfield railway station Oldham pictured the Manchester bound Platform

Pictured Greenfield railway station Oldham on the Manchester bound Platform.

The demise of textile processing in Oldham depressed the local economy. Today Oldham is a predominantly residential town, and a centre for further education and the performing arts. It is, however, still distinguished architecturally by the surviving cotton mills and other buildings associated with that industry. The town's population of 103,544 lives in an area of around 26 square miles

Oldham riots 2001

oldham riots 2001 police van on firen

The 2001 Oldham riots were a short but intense period of violent rioting which occurred in Oldham, a town in Greater Manchester, England, in May 2001. They were the worst ethnically-motivated riots in the United Kingdom since 1985, briefly eclipsing the sectarian violence seen in Northern Ireland.The Oldham Riots were the first of a series of major riots during summer 2001, which saw similar ethnic conflicts follow in Bradford, Leeds and Burnley.
The riots followed a long period of ethnic tensions and attacks in Oldham, occurring particularly between groups of the local communities and South Asian-Muslim communities.
The most violent rioting occurred in the Glodwick area of the town which is a multi-ethnic district of Oldham and home to a large community of Pakistani people.


Chadderton is a town within the borough of Oldham, Greater Manchester, it lies along the course of the River Irk and the Rochdale Canal and also on the foothills of the Pennines.



Delph is a village in the Saddleworth civil parish of the borough of Oldham. It lies amongst the Pennines on the River Tame below the village of Denshaw.



Diggle is a village within the Saddleworth parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham in Greater Manchester, the village is positioned on the moorlands of the Pennine hills.



Failsworth is a town within the borough of Oldham, the town lies within the M60 Ringroad motorway.



Greenfield is a village in the Saddleworth parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. It lies in a broad rural area amongst the South Pennines, to the east of the village Doverstone Reservoir, Chew Reservoir and Greenfield Reservoir that lie within the Peak Distract.



Lees is a village in the borough of Oldham which lies amongst the Pennines east of the River Medlock. Lees is believed to have obtained its name in the 14th century from John de Leghes a retainer of the local Lord of the Manor.



Moorside is a suburb of Oldham in Greater Manchester. It is located in the north east of the township in a semi rural area that is boarding Saddleworth.



Mossley is a small town in Greater Manchetser in the upper Tame Valley and on the foothills of the Pennines.



Royton is a town within the borough of Oldham in Greater Manchester. It is situated close to the source of the River Irk near the foothills of the South Pennines.



Saddleworth is a civil parish in the borough of Oldham. It compromise of several villages amongst the west side of the Pennine Hills.



Uppermills is a village in Saddleworth in the borough of Oldham. Historically it was in the West Riding of Yorkshire and it lies on the River Tame in a valley amongst the South Pennines.

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