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Westhoughton, Bolton

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Westhoughton, Bolton

Westhoughton is a town and civil parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester, England. It is 4 miles southwest of Bolton, 5 miles east of Wigan and 13 miles northwest of Manchester. Historically a part of Lancashire, Westhoughton was once a centre for mining, cotton-spinning and textile manufacture. However, today it is predominantly a residential town with a total population of 23,056.
Post townBolton
Administrative CountyBolton
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD6505
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityGreater Manchester
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGreater Manchester
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGreater Manchester
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01942
Population23,056 (2001 Census)
 

Other names by which Westhoughton, Bolton has been known in the past

Houghton ~ Houghton Division West ~ Houghton West ~ West Houghton

Westhoughton, Bolton in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Houghton, West, township and ry. sta. (West-houghton), Deane par., SE. Lancashire, 5 miles SW. of Bolton, 4341 ac., pop. 9197; P.O., called Westhoughton; has mfrs. of cotton and silk; in the neighbourhood are large collieries.

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