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UK Place
Total Area6.9 sq mi (17.9 km2)
Population103544 ((2001 Census))
Population density5784.6/km2 15006.4/sq mi
Metropolitan boroughOldham
Metropolitan countyGreater Manchester
RegionNorth West England
Other Information
Post townOLDHAM
Postcode districtOL1-OL2, OL4, OL8-OL9 OL
Dialling code0161
UK ParliamentOldham East and Saddleworth
Oldham West and Royton

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Oldham c-eniconˈɒldəm is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies amid the Pennines on elevated ground between the rivers Irk and Medlock, 5.3 mi (8.5 km) south-southeast of Rochdale, and 6.9 mi (11.1 km) northeast of the city of Manchester. 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 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, spinning 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.

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 sqmi (67.3 km2).

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Austin American-Statesman--Derek Hawkins , 19 , Santos Vega , 18 , and Joshua -Oldham- , 18 , were being held Monday in the Williamson County Jail on bail set at $500000 each, police said. They face up to life in prison if convicted. The men planned to ro - Date : Tue, 26 Jul 2011 01:18:07 GMT+00:00
Oldham take shape - Manchester Evening News Tweet this news
Manchester Evening News--Paul Dickov believed there were some encouraging signs after watching his -Oldham- side get the better of Blackpool at Boundary Park. Goals from Matt Smith and David Mellor gave the Latics victory against a visiting side including - Date : Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:07:49 GMT+00:00
Baseball: North Oldham advances past Union County 9-7 - The Daily News Journal Tweet this news
The Daily News Journal--Union County High School had loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Connor and Quint Heady turned a 4-6-3 double play to seal North -Oldham's- 9-7 victory in the first round of the Kentucky Nati - Date : Wed, 15 Jun 2011 03:21:56 GMT+00:00
Ricky Hatton backs plans for Oldham community gym - BBC News Tweet this news
BBC News--Former boxing champion Ricky Hatton said plans to convert a derelict building in -Oldham- into a gym will give a "boost" to the local community. -Oldham- Council have given the disused Victoria House on Greaves Street to the -O - Date : Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:14:40 GMT+00:00
Endura's perfect night cuts Rapha's Tour Series lead - Cycling Weekly Tweet this news
Cycling Weekly--Endura Racing took the fight to Rapha-Condor-Sharp in round six of the Tour Series in -Oldham- last night, winning both the individual and team round to close the gap at the top of the standings to just seven points. Rob Partridge narrowly - Date : Fri, 10 Jun 2011 10:06:13 GMT+00:00
Camaro enthusiasts make pilgrimage to horsepower in Oshawa - Toronto Star Tweet this news
Toronto Star--“It's really a pilgrimage,” said Ontario Camaro Club president Dale -Oldham-, who expects several thousand visitors and car owners. In addition to “show and shines,” GM will also unveil the Camaro ZL1 super performance car for t - Date : Fri, 10 Jun 2011 01:35:11 GMT+00:00
Swanson, Oldham to marry - Winfield Daily Courier Online Tweet this news
Winfield Daily Courier Online--Shayla Marie Swanson, Winfield, and Cory Michael -Oldham-, Bella Vista, Ark., announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is a daughter of Brad and Anne Swanson, Winfield, and Robert and Elizabeth Wel - Date : Fri, 10 Jun 2011 05:18:29 GMT+00:00
Menno's Handel earns MVP honors at Lennon - Sioux Falls Argus Leader Tweet this news
Sioux Falls Argus Leader---Oldham--Ramona/Rutland's Carly Carper finishes first in the 60-meter dash at the Dan Lennon Invitational on Tuesday in Vermillion. Carper won the event for the fourth straight time. / aaron packard/ for the argus leader VER - Date : Wed, 30 Mar 2011 06:56:08 GMT+00:00
Black awaiting operation judgement - Yahoo! Eurosport UK Tweet this news
Yahoo! Eurosport UK---Oldham- defender Paul Black will see a specialist to decide whether he is required to undergo surgery. The left-back was clearly in discomfort as he was substituted midway through the second half of Monday`s goalless draw at home to - Date : Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:02:06 GMT+00:00
McCann: I am getting there - Yahoo! Eurosport UK Tweet this news
Yahoo! Eurosport UK--The Irishman played 37 minutes as a second-half substitute in the reserves' home defeat to -Oldham- on Tuesday night. The run-out was McCann's first appearance since undergoing surgery last summer, following the recurrence o - Date : Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:12:37 GMT+00:00

Divisions and suburbs : Coal mining
Oldham compared
UK Census 2001 Oldham  Oldham (Met. District) England
Total population 103,544  217,273 49,138,831
Foreign born 15% 8.2% 9.2%
White British 71% 86% 92%
Asian 27% 12% 4.6%
Black 0.9% 0.6% 2.3%
Christian 58% 73% 72%
Muslim 25% 11% 3.1%
Hindu 1.1% 0.1% 1.1%
No religion 8.3% 8.9% 15%
Over 65 years old 12% 14% 16%
Unemployed 5.5% 3.7% 3.3%

Divisions and suburbs : Coal mining

Parish Church :
School Type/Status OfSTED Website
The Blue Coat School Secondary School 105739
Breeze Hill School Secondary School 105731
Counthill School Secondary School 105728
Grange School Secondary School 105729 [[\\school\\105\\s5_105729_20061205.pdf
Hulme Grammar School Grammar School N/A
Kaskenmoor School Secondary School 105732
New Bridge School Secondary Special School 134517
Oldham Sixth Form College Sixth Form College 130506
The Oldham College Further education college 130505
University Centre Oldham Higher education college N/A
St Augustine of Canterbury R.C. High School Secondary School 105741
The Hathershaw College Secondary School 105730

Areas and suburbs of Oldham

Abbeyhills * Alt * Bardsley * Barrowshaw * Clarksfield * Coldhurst * Coppice * Derker * Fitton Hill * Freehold * Garden Suburb * Glodwick * Greenacres * Hathershaw * Higginshaw * Hollinwood * Limeside * Moorside * Mumps * Salem * Sholver * Waterhead * Watersheddings * Werneth * Westwood

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