Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It rises high amongst the Pennines on elevated ground between the rivers Irk and Medlock, 6.9 miles (11.1 km) northeast of the city of Manchester, and 5.3 miles (8.5 km) south-southeast of Rochdale.
Oldham is surrounded by several smaller settlements which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, of which Oldham is the administrative centre.Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It rises high amongst the Pennines on elevated ground between the rivers Irk and Medlock, 6.9 miles (11.1 km) northeast of the city of Manchester, and 5.3 miles (8.5 km) south-southeast of Rochdale.
Oldham is surrounded by several smaller settlements which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, of which Oldham is the administrative centre.
Historically a part of 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 amongst 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. Oldham's textile industry began to fall into decline during the mid-20th century, and its last mill closed in 1998.
The demise of textile processing in Oldham caused a local economic depression. Today, Oldham is a predominantly residential town, although it is still distinguished architecturally by the surviving cotton mills and other buildings associated with its former industry. The town has a population of 103,544, and an area of around 26 square miles (67 km²). It is a centre for further education, and the performing arts.
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The Oldham Mountain Rescue Team exist to provide a voluntary search and rescue service in wild and remote places, including the Peak District National Park and rural areas of Greater Manchester. Find out about past incidents and awards presented to the team.
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Information and news on current government projects in departments such as Health and Social Care, Environment, and Leisure and Culture. Search for jobs and businesses, view applications, make payments and report problems online.
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Oldham is a diverse and vibrant community in the North West of England, ideally situated between the cosmopolitan city centre of Manchester and the Yorkshire Moors. Find out about the borough's cultural heritage and places of interest, annual events and festivals, and vibrant restaurants and pubs. Search for accommodation online.
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The Oldham Choral Society, formed in 1884, are one of the leading amateur choirs in North West England. Find out about concert dates and rehearsal schedules, and read programme notes of previous concerts.
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Oldham Photographic Society are a group of photographic enthusiasts who meet to pursue their interest in photography and improve their technique. The club welcomes anyone who enjoys photography whether conventional, digital, black and white or colour, and who wishes to improve their skills. View prints and check the calendar for forthcoming meetings and competitions.
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Current news, sport and features brought to you by the Oldham Evening Chronicle. Search for jobs, property, cars, businesses and local announcements online.
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The market-leading commercial radio station for Greater Manchester, on 103.0 FM and DAB Digital Radio across Manchester and online via this website.
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