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A small historical reference

Geography: Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester, England, amid the Pennines and between the rivers Irk and Medlock. It is the administrative centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham.

Within the boundaries of the historic county of Lancashire, and with little early history to speak of, Oldham rose to prominence in 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 fell into decline in the mid-20th century; the town's last mill closed in 1998.

The demise of textile processing in Oldham depressed and heavily affected the local economy. Today Oldham is predominantly a commuter town, and the improvement of the town centre is the focus of a project for transforming Oldham into 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.

Date of foundation:


Population: 96 555


Oldham. Alexandra Park, Boat House
Alexandra Park, Boat House
Oldham. George V, visit to Oldham
George V, visit to Oldham
Oldham. George V, visit to Oldham
George V, visit to Oldham
Oldham. George V, visit to Oldham
George V, visit to Oldham
Oldham. Curzon Street
Curzon Street
Oldham. High Street, 1945
High Street, 1945
Oldham. High Street, 1957
High Street, 1957
Oldham. High Street
High Street
Oldham. Hulme Grammar School, 1903
Hulme Grammar School, 1903
Oldham. Infirmary
Oldham. Lyceum
Oldham. Market Place, 1910
Market Place, 1910
Oldham. Market Place
Market Place
Oldham. Mumps
Oldham. Municipal Health Offices
Municipal Health Offices
Oldham. Post Office, 1904
Post Office, 1904
Oldham. Public Baths, 1903
Public Baths, 1903
Oldham. St Paul's, Classroom Group
St Paul's, Classroom Group
Oldham. Town Hall
Town Hall
Oldham. Union Street
Union Street
Oldham. Werneth Park, Bridge
Werneth Park, Bridge
Oldham. Whit Friday Walk, 1907
Whit Friday Walk, 1907
Oldham. Yorkshire Street
Yorkshire Street
Oldham. Yorkshire Street
Yorkshire Street

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