Oldham from Glodwick Fields (1831)J.H. Carse
     Painting courtsey of Galley Oldham

Brief Time line of Oldham





 865
Danes established a settlement called Aldhulme
Doomsday Book
1086
Oldham is not mentioned, although Saddleworth was.
William II
1087   
  

1089
Saddleworth was described in the Doomsday Book as being largely wood and waste
Edward I
1272


1280
Parish Church was erected
Henry VI
1422


1422
known to be a Hat Trade in Oldham
Henry VIII
1509


1524
Coal mining was known to take place in Crompton
Elizabeth I
1558

The Plague
1593-1598

James I
1603


1611
Old Grammar School, first schoolmaster Rev. Thomas Hunt incumbent of Oldham Church
George I
1714


1722
The Parish Church four bells were replaced with six new ones
George II
1727


1731
First Workhouse built between Mumps and Greenacresoldham
Turnpike Act
1734
It was 56 years later a Turnpike was constructed

1756 St Peter's Church, in Chapel Street, was built
George III
1760


1764
Thorpe Clough Mill at Royton built

1768
St Peter's Church built, close to Parish Church

1768
St Margaret's Church built, Holliwood
American Revolutionary War 1775 - 1783
1775


1775
First Wesleyan Methodist Church built

1778
Lees Hall built by William Clegg of Westwood

1788
First Market founded, near Albion St, soon became known as Tommyfield

1790
Turnpike constructed - Main Street and Church Lane

1790
First regular coach service to Manchester, journey time 2 hours

1792
The Oldham Canal was Started

1801
Census - population 41,471
Napoleonic Wars 1803 -1815
1803


1811
Census - population 52,955

1811
Standedge Tunnel was opened, it is 3 miles and 151 yards long
George IV
1820


1821 Census - population 59,615

1829
Public supply of water from Upper Strinesdale Reservior was completed
William IV
1830


1831
Census - population 84,490
Oldham was made a Parliamentary Borough
1832

Poor Law of 1834
1834


1834
Blue Coat School opened
Municipal Corporations Act
1835
see 1849
Victoria
1837


1841
Census - population 66,873

1841
Original Town Hall built

1842
Manchester & Leeds Railway opened a  branch at Werneth

1844
Christchurch, in Glodwick Road was built

1847
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railways opened Middleton to Oldham at Oldham Mumps

1848
Chief Constable of Lancashire took over the policing Oldham Borough
Oldham was incorporated as a municipal borough
1849


1851
Census - population 77,350

1851
Oldham Union Workhouse was built in Royton Road
Crimean Wars 1854 - 1856
1854


1854
Crime Lake froze for 13 weeks.  Stalls were put up who sold hot pies

1854
Oldham Evening Chronicle was launched

1854
Oldham Baths opened

1856
Lyceum was opened, with library, reading, billiard rooms & gymnasium

1856
First purpose-built indoor market opened

1857
Cemeteries at Chadderton and Greenacres were opened
America Civil War 1861 - 1865
1861
Census - population 117,797

1862


1863


1864
Public Baths built

1865
Alexander Park was opened

1865
School of Science and Art was built

1866
Great Flood - River Medlock

1870
Oldham Infirmary erected

1871
Census - population 158,244

1872
Oldham Infirmary opened

1873 Oldham Brewery Co. Ltd was incorporated

1874
Chadderton's first Police Station, established by converting two shops

1876
Oldham Rugby League Club was founded

1879
Cemeteries at Lees and Royton were opened
First Boer War 1880 - 1881
1880

Boro of Oldham was expanded with the addition of
Hollinwood and Crossbank part of Chadderton and
Ashton under Lyne townships
1880


1880
Yeoman Hey Reservoir was completed

1881
Census - population 198,691

1883
Central Library and Art Gallery opened

1884
Yates Wine Lodge founded in Oldham by Peter and Simon Yates

1886
Salvation Army Citadel, Union Street opened by William Booth

1887
Cemetery at Failsworth was opened

1887
Oldham Coliseum Theatre was opened
Local Government Act
1888
County Boro of Oldham was created, independent of Lancashire CC

1889


1889
Waterhead Baths opened

1889
Cemetery at Hollinwood opened

1890
School for the Deaf opened

1891
Census - population 233,445

1891
Cemetery at Crompton was opened

1895
Oldham Athletic Football was founded as Pine Villa Football Club
Boxer Rebellion 1899 - 1901
1899

Second Boer War 1899 - 1902 1899


1896
Ferranti moved his factory from London to Hollinwood

1900
Winston Churchill was elected as MP for Oldham

1900
Rooden Reservior opened

1900
Oldham Electricity Co started by the Corporation

1900
First electric Tram ran to Chadderton

1900
Mortuary erected in Failsworth, accommodating 2 bodies, and Ambulance
Edward VII
1901


1901
Census - population 244,138

1902
Greenfield Reservoir was completed

1902
Glodwick Baths opened

1902
Electric Tram started running from Hollinwood to Waterhead

1905
Oldham Athletic played in FA Cup for the first time

1907
Trams started to run to Manchester direct

1907
Royd Mill was built

1908
Opera House opened on King Street

1908
Grand Theatre opened on King Street

1908
Victoria Market, built to replace smaller market situated on site of Tommyfield

1909 Oldham Fish Market
George V
1910


1910
Oldham Women's Suffrage Society was established

1910
Royton Baths opened

1911
Census - population 255,322

1913
Palladium Picture Palace on Union Street opened

1913
King George V and Queen Mary with Prince Albert (later George VI) visited Oldham
First World War 1914-1918
1914


1915


1916


1917


1918


1919
Paragon Motor (Oldham) Ltd, opened in King Street

1920
The Grosvenor Cinema opened

1921
Census - population 250,794

1921
Prince Henry, later the Duke of Gloucester, third son of George V visited Oldham

1923
Oldham War Memorial, designed/built by Albert Toft

1928
Elk Mill, the largest textile factory in the country

1928
Greenacres Maternity Home Opened

1929
Talking Pictures came to The Grosvenor Cinema

1931
Census - population 246,353

1934
Grotton Lido (open air swimming pool) opened
Edward VIII
1936

George VI
1936


1936
The Duke of Kent, fourth son of King George V

1939
Census - population 234,901
Second War 1939-1945
1939


1940
A bomb was dropped on the Belgium Mill Royton

1941
20 bombs were dropped on Oldham, 27 killed 47 injured

1944
Flying bomb exploded in Abbey Hills, 27 killed 56 injured

1944
Prince Bernard of the Netherlands visited Oldham

1945


1946
Tram Service between Manchester and Oldham ceased

1949
Dakota plane from Belfast to Manchester crashed in Chew Valley, killing 22 passengers.
Korean War
1950


1951
Census - population 223,982
Elizabeth II
1952


1954
Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh visited Oldham

1961
Census - population 224,005

1961
Oldham has been twinned with Kranj in Solovenia

1961
Tubular bandage was invented in Oldham - local firm and cotton manufacturer

1966
Dovestone Reservoir opened

1970
HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon visited Oldham

1971
Census - population 224,071
Local Government Act, the County Boro of Oldham was abolished and the Metropolitan Boro of Oldham was created. 1972

1973


1974
Victoria Market Hall distroyed by fire

1977
Civic Centre was completed

1981
Census - population 219,462
Falkland War 1982
1982


1987
HRH Princess Diana, Princess of Wales visited Oldham
Gulf War 1991
1991


1991
Census - population 219,613

1995
HRH Princess Ann, Princess Royal visited Oldham

1998
Elk Mill was closed

2001
Census - population 217,393

2001
New Bus Station, replacing former Bus Station

2002
Gallery Oldham was opened

2005
University Centre Oldham

2007
HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales visited Oldham

2011
Census - population 224,897

2015
New Tram line to Manchester and Rochdale



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Last updated 19th January 2016