Aston-under-Lyne Christmas markets 2013
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyGreater Manchester
Admin HQAshton-under-Lyne
Founded1 April 1974
 • TypeMetropolitan borough
 • Governing bodyTameside Metropolitan Borough Council
 • MayorCllr. Joe Kitchen
 • MPs:Andrew Gwynne (L) David Heyes (L) Jonathan Reynolds (L)
 • Total39.83 sq mi (103.17 km2)
Elevation495 ft (151 m)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total219,700 (Ranked 71st of 326)
 •  Density5,380/sq mi (2,078/km2)
 • Ethnicity
(2005 estimate)[1]93.1% White
5.0% S. Asian or mixed
1.2% Black or mixed
0.6% Chinese and other
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
PostcodeOL, SK, M
Area code(s)0161 / 01457

aston-under-lyne metrolink tram station

The Metropolitan Borough of Tameside is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester in North West England. It is named after the River Tame, which flows through the borough and spans the towns of Ashton-under-Lyne, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Mossley and Stalybridge. Its western border is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Manchester city centre. It borders Derbyshire to the east, the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham to the north, the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport to the south, and the City of Manchester to the west. Tameside has a population of 214,400.

The history of the area extends back to the Stone Age. There are over 300 listed buildings in Tameside and three Scheduled Ancient Monuments, which includes a castle of national importance. The settlements in Tameside were small townships centred around agriculture until the advent of the Industrial Revolution. The towns of the borough grew and became involved in the cotton industry, which dominated the local economy. The current borough was created in 1974 as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972. Since then the area has been administered by Tameside Borough Council, which has been judged by the Audit Commission to be "performing strongly".



The Ashton Arcades shopping centre opened in 1995. The centre covers 13,000 square metres (140,000 sq ft) on two floors with over 40 shops. In 2006, after failing twice to gain permission to develop a site in the neighbouring borough of Stockport,

ikea ashton under lyne

IKEA announced plans to build its first town centre-store in Ashton-under-Lyne. The store is expected to create 500 new jobs as well as attract other businesses to the area. The store opened on 19 October 2006 and covers 27,500 square metres (296,000 sq ft) At the time of its creation, the store was the tallest in Britain. Life science industries have been identified as growth industries in Greater Manchester and are concentrated in Oldham and Tameside. Average house prices in Tameside are the 7th highest out of the ten metropolitan boroughs in Greater Manchester, 11.9% below the average for the county.

Tameside Compared
2001 UK Census[55]TamesideNorth West EnglandEngland
Population of working age152,3134,839,66935,532,091
Full-time employment43.5%38.8%40.8%
Part-time employment11.5%11.9%11.8%
Self employed6.5%7.1%8.3%

Stalybridge town hall

Pictured Stalybridge Statue

As of the 2001 UK census, Tameside had 152,313 residents aged 16 to 74. 2.0% of these people were students with jobs, 5.7% looking after home or family, 7.9% permanently sick or disabled and 3.2% economically inactive for other reasons.
In 2001, of 96,255 residents of Tameside in employment, the industry of employment was 21.7% manufacturing, 10.4% health and social work, 18.2% retail and wholesale, 10.2% property and business services, 7.2% construction, 6.8% transport and communications, 6.4% education, 5.3% public administration and defence, 4.2% finance, 4.0% hotels and restaurants, 0.9% energy and water supply, 0.5% agriculture, and 4.0% other. This was roughly in line with national figures, except for the proportion of jobs in agriculture which is less than half the national average, and property which was also below the national average. Manufacturing was 50% more than the national average.

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Ashton-under-Lyne is a market town in Tameside, it historically lay in Lancashire and is on the north bank of the River Tame.



Audenshaw is a town in Tameside, the name of the town comes from an Anglo Saxon name ‘Aldwin’.



Broadbottom is a village in Tameside. It was historically in Cheshire and it stands on the River Etherow which form the boarder with Derbyshire.



Denton is a town in the borough of Tameside, its 5 miles east of the city centre.



Dunkinfeild is a town in Tameside on the south bank of the River Tame, opposite Ashton-under-Lyne. It was historically part of Cheshire and the town developed as a result of the industrial revolution when it became the site of coal mining and cotton manufacturing.


Guide Bridge

Guide Birdge is an area of Ashton-under-Lyne in the borough of Tameside. It was historically part of Lancashire and was formed as a village built around an eponymous bridge over the Ashton Canal.



Hollingworth is a village in the Borough of Tameside, it was historically part of Cheshire. Its name comes from the family who owned much of the surrounding area before the Norman Conquest.



Longdendale is a valley in Northern England, the valley marks the boundary between the counties of Derbyshire and Greater Manchester.



Millbrook is a village in Tameside. It played a huge part in the industrial revolution as the name suggest there were several cotton mills in the village, Bottomleys Mill was on of the first ever steam driven mills.


Mottram in Longdendale

Mottram in Longdendale is an unparished village within the borough of Tameside. It lies in the valley of Longdendale.



Stalybridge is a town in Tameside, it was historically part of Cheshire. Its 8 miles east of Manchester City Centre, with the construction of a cotton mill in 1776 Stalybridge became one of the first centres of textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution. 

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