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Middleton, Rochdale

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Middleton, Rochdale

Administrative CountyRochdale
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD8706
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityGreater Manchester
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGreater Manchester
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGreater Manchester
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code0161
Population45,580 (2001 Census)

Middleton, Rochdale in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Middleton.-- market town, par., and township, SE. Lancashire, 3½ miles W. of Oldham and 6 miles N. of Manchester by rail - par., 12,101 ac., pop. 25,213; township, 1930 ac., pop. 10,346; town (comprising, besides Middleton township, the townships of Alkrington and Tonge in Prestwich par.), 4585 ac., pop. 18,953; 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Friday. Only 20 houses were here in 1770, and the progress of the town may be dated from 1791 when it received a charter for a weekly market. The town is situated in a fine valley of the Irk. It is now a place with considerable mfrs., the chief trades being silk weaving, cotton spinning, and calico printing. Minor employments are soap-making, machine-making, ironfounding, and the mfr. of chemicals.

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