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Chadderton - the Town and its People
"Chadderton has a clear identity historically and is a community in its own right."
[Mark Sanders, Executive Director, Policy, Performance, and Regeneration Department, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, quoted in the 'Local Government Chronicle' October 1999]
The following pages are intended to be of interest not only to local residents, but also to ex-Chaddertonians now living in other parts of the world who wish to maintain a link with their home town. Without doubt, there are also many other people who will find the website of value, for a variety of reasons. The aim of the Chadderton Historical Society is to build up a very comprehensive picture of Chadderton, which will provide a whole range of useful information for the visitor to the website.
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(1) Geographical Location
(2) General Information
(3) Local Government
(4) Member of Parliament
(6) Local Facilities
(7) Industrial Development
#(1) Geographical Location
Chadderton, Lancashire, England:Longitude: 20 9' 0'' west Latitude: 530 32' 30'' north
Although it is situated 9.5 km [six miles] from the city centre, the town of Chadderton shares a common boundary with Manchester, the great metropolis of north-west England.
The town lies in the foothills of the Pennine mountain range, in the south-east of the county of Lancashire, and is a gently undulating area rising from 90 metres [300 feet] above sea level in the west to 140 metres [450 feet] in the east. The highest point is at Chadderton Heights, on the hillier northern edge, where an altitude of 155 metres [509 feet] is reached.
Chadderton is drained by a number of streams including the emergent River Irk, which is a tributary of the River Irwell. This in turn flows into the River Mersey, which enters the Irish Sea at Liverpool.
(2) General Information
The town covers an area of 1220 hectares [3014 acres, or 4¾ sq. miles]. The distance from north to south is about 4.8 km [3 miles], and from east to west 2.5 km [1½ miles].
Population (1991 census):
Of the three wards wholly within Chadderton: 32,067
Total, including minor areas within three adjacent wards 33,000 (approx.)
Although the population density of the town as a whole averages 27 persons per hectare [6900 per sq. mile] there is considerable variation, and a density of nearly 42 persons per hectare is found in the south-east which is the most urbanised area.
In the north and north-west of Chadderton much of the land is open farm land. Likewise, in the central and western area there is an extensive area of recreational or open agricultural land.
Residents by Age Groups:
Under 15 years 19.1%
Over 65* years 16.1%
*3.7% of residents are aged 80+
Ethnic Origin of Residents:
Other .. 0.64
Economic Deprivation and Unemployment:
Chadderton has relatively low levels of disadvantage, this being at its highest in the south-eastern area. Unemployment remains low, averaging 7.6% throughout the town.
Average household size: 2.47 persons
Households owning their own homes: 73.7%
#(3) Local Government
The Metropolitan Borough
For local government administration Chadderton forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, a unit of local government which was formed on 1st April 1974, to replace the former local system of county borough council and urban district councils. The Metropolitan Borough comprises the towns of Chadderton, Crompton (Shaw), Failsworth, Oldham, Royton, and the village of Lees, together with some seven villages which collectively form Saddleworth.
Apart from Saddleworth, which is in the West Riding of Yorkshire, all other areas of the Metropolitan Borough are part of the historic county of Lancashire. For certain aspects of administration, including police and the emergency services, the Metropolitan Borough is included in 'Greater Manchester', an administrative area set up in 1974, but whose county council was short-lived, being abolished in 1986.
The town is divided into three wards, Chadderton North, Chadderton Central, and Chadderton South. Each of these elects three councillors, serving a four years period, to sit on the Metropolitan Borough Council, which has a complement of 60.
Small peripheral areas of the town are included in the adjacent wards of Royton North, Coldhurst, and Hollinwood.
Councillors for Chadderton
Chadderton North Ward:
Jack Hulme (Conservative) 0161 284 6898 Barbara Susan Brownridge (Labour) 0161 Chadderton Central Ward:
John Hudson (Conservative)
Colin McClaren (Labour) 0161 627 4197
0161 284 6898Chadderton South Ward:
David Hibbert (Labour) 0161 620 5637
Joy Wigglesworth (Labour) 07731 865625
David Jones (Labour) 0161 682 5143
The Chadderton Challenge - Best Value!
In 1999, Chadderton was chosen as the pilot area within the Metropolitan Borough for this new, more direct approach to council services. By phoning just one number 0161 911-3030 residents can have their queries on a wide number of local issues dealt with by the appropriate council department. These include council housing and repairs; refuse collection; road repairs; parks, gardens and open spaces; street lighting; litter problems; and graffiti. The one number offers residents a council which is asking, listening, doing!
#(4) Member of Parliament
Chadderton is represented in the Parliament at Westminster by Michael Meacher (Labour Party),till recently,Minister for the Environment, who has been the local M. P. since 1970, making him Chadderton's longest-serving representative since the township was first granted the franchise in 1832. He has a home in Chadderton, and holds regular surgeries with constituents at the Town Hall. The dates are normally advertised in the local press.
Chadderton's road links with the rest of the country, and hence with more distant destinations, could not be better. The town is bisected from north to south by 'Broadway', an imaginative concept dating from the early 1920's, and it is from this major trunk road (designated the A663) that it is now possible to access directly the whole national motorway network. In the north of the town Broadway becomes the A627 (M), which is a feeder road to the trans-Pennine M62, with its links to the North-East, North-West, and to Scotland, with its sea link to Northern Ireland.
The recently opened M60 - the Manchester Ring Road - has its Junction 21 in south Chadderton, and from here it is possible to travel directly by motorway to Manchester Airport, Liverpool and North Wales (with their ferry connections to Ireland), the Midlands, South Wales, the West Country, London, and the South-East, with its sea and channel tunnel connections to Europe.
From central Chadderton it is possible to take the National Express coach to Leeds, Newcastle, or Liverpool, with onward connections to several other destinations.
Although Chadderton has no centrally positioned railway station, it has access to the local and regional rail network. In the south-east of the town Hollinwood Station is on the Manchester-Oldham-Rochdale local loop. In the near future this line will become part of the Manchester Metrolink system, with additional stations being constructed to serve local areas of population.
Traversing the western boundary is the earliest main line railway from Manchester into Yorkshire, opened in 1839. From the station at Mills Hill on the Chadderton/Middleton boundary it is possible to connect with the Manchester Interchanges, and also with York, and the wider north-east region.
Passing throughout the western part of Chadderton is the Rochdale Canal, opened in 1799-1804, as the first trans-Pennine waterway. Gradually it fell into disuse and dereliction, and was officially closed in 1965. However, under the inspiration of the Rochdale Canal Society, formed in 1974, a major scheme of restoration was undertaken, and in the summer of 2002 the Rochdale Canal was reopened to through traffic. It once more joins Manchester, and the Cheshire canal system, to Yorkshire with its own extensive canal network.
Although the canal will be essentially for leisure activities, its economic affect on canal side public houses, and adjacent businesses, especially those in the area of the Broadway Business Park, is bound to be beneficial. It is hoped that a 'Chadderton Marina' could eventually form part of these restoration plans.
As mentioned previously, Chadderton now has a direct motorway link, from Junction 21 of the M60, to Manchester International Airport. The airport is situated 24 km [15 miles] to the southwest of the town, and the journey can be made in less than 30 minutes.
Useful Airport Telephone Numbers: General Enquiries- 0161 489-3000; Rail Link- 0345 742-2000
6) Public Services and Facilities
(This Section is currently being developed)
Police Station: 0161 872-5050
(Chadderton Sub-Divisional Headquarters, Greater Manchester Police)
Fire Station: Broadway, Chadderton. 0161 652-2232
(Part of Division 'C', Greater Manchester Fire and Civil Defence Authority)
Health Centres:Chadderton Town Health Centre, Middleton Road. 0161 652-5432
Chadderton Dental Health Centre. (in the above building) 0161 626-7727
Chadderton South Health Centre, Eaves Lane. 0161 620-4411
Hospital:Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, Oldham. 0161 624-0420
Town Centre: Chadderton Mall; Middleton Road; Melbourne Street.
also local shops at Cowhill; Butler Green; Broadway/Burnley Lane; Cathedral Road; Nimble Nook/Thompson Lane; Hollinwood Avenue.
also Retail Park at Elk Mill, Broadway; Superstore at Hollinwood Avenue.
Town Centre: Garforth Street; Victoria Street; Peel Street; Milne Street; Melbourne Street; Burnley Street; (all free parking)
Christmas Market, Chadderton Precinct.
Post Offices:Town Centre: Chadderton Mall. [Closes early on Wednesday] 0161 624-2895
Sub-offices: at Burnley Lane; Butler Green; Cowhill; Middleton Road West; Whitegate Lane.
Postal Areas: The greater part of Chadderton comes under the Oldham postal district with most of the town having the postal code prefix OL9. A small area in the north, however, has the prefix OL1. A significant area in the western part of Chadderton comes under the Manchester postal district with the postal code prefix M24.
Libraries:Chadderton Central Library: Middleton Road. 0161 665-2225
Broadway Library: Whitegate Lane, Chadderton. 0161 624-7866
Chadderton Sports Centre:Middleton Road.
Manager: Trevor Smith
Facilities: fitness suite; sports hall for badminton, bowls, football, cricket, roller-skating, trampolines, bouncy castle, etc.
Holiday Activities, Party Hires and much, much, more!
Public Halls for Hire
Edwardian Ballroom at Chadderton Town Hall (1913) [Licensed]
Photos by kind permission of John Johnson.
Now fully licenced for Weddings instead of Hobson Street, Oldham.
As well as being a much pleasanter environment for weddings, it has the added attraction of the magnificent ballroom for receptions.
Foxdenton Hall (1620-1700) [Licence to be applied for]
[Bookings and information through 0161 911-4071]
- Chadderton Old People's Committee,
- Over-Sixties Centre,
Broadway, Chadderton.Tel 0161 633 1320
Chadderton Football Club Headquarters & Social Club, Andrew Street, Chadderton. 0161 624-9733
Parks and Recreation Areas
Broadway Recreational Ground - contains the soccer pitch used by Chadderton Football Club, but is open to the public outsidematch times.Chadderton Hall Park - [6.47 hectares] was opened in 1956 and contains attractive gardens around the site of the former Chadderton Hall. The park has an enclosed children's playground, 4 shale tennis courts, 2 bowling greens, and also a picnic area overlooking the River Irk, which flows through the park. A pathway connects the park to the Rochdale Canal, the towpath of which provides a pleasant walk.
Clayton Playing Fields - public open land, on the boundaries of Royton and Oldham, operated under a trust, and available for amateur football teams. Changing facilities available.
Coalshaw Green Park - [4.15 hectares] was opened in 1911. Contains a children's playground, bowling green, pavilion, etc.
Crossley Playing Fields - public open land, available for amateur football teams. Changing facilities available.
Fitton Park - [0.45 hectares] was opened in 1922, as a memorial to Councillor James Fitton, for 28 years a member of the former Chadderton Urban District Council. This small park contains a bowling green and pavilion with billiard/snooker table.
Foxdenton Park - [5.26 hectares] was opened in 1922, and contains the restored Foxdenton Hall, which dates from 1700, but which was erected on the ground floor of an earlier 1620 hall. The park contains two bowling greens, tennis courts, ornamental lake, and children's playground. Adjacent to the park is the Albert Taylor Memorial Playing Fields available for amateur football teams. Changing facilities available.
Princess Park - a small recreational ground, with nature reserve. Recently renovated.
St. George's Square - a small recreational area with bowling green and pavilion.
Council Housing - Chadderton Area Office 0161 911-4603/5
Chadderton Cemetery 0161 624-2301
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