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Atherton, Wigan

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Atherton, Wigan

Atherton (pop. 20,300) is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester, England and historically a part of Lancashire. It is 5 miles east of Wigan, 2 miles north-northeast of Leigh, and 10.7 miles northwest of Manchester. For about 300 years from the 17th century Atherton was referred to as Chowbent, which was frequently shortened to Bent, the town's old nickname.
Administrative CountyWigan
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD6703
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityGreater Manchester
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGreater Manchester
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGreater Manchester
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01942

Atherton, Wigan in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Atherton, township and town with ry. sta., SW. Lancashire, 13 miles NW. of Manchester, 2426 ac., pop. 12,602; 1 Bank. It has cotton factories, collieries, and ironworks.

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