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Oldham

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Oldham is a town in Greater Manchester, England, amid the Pennines between the rivers Irk and Medlock, 5.3mi south-southeast of Rochdale and 6.9mi northeast of Manchester. Together with several smaller surrounding towns, it is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, population 230,800 as of 2015, of which it is the administrative centre.Historically in Lancashire, and with little early history to speak of, Oldham rose to prominence in the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and among the first ever industrialised towns, rapidly becoming "one of the most important centres of cotton and textile industries in England". At its zenith, it was the most productive cotton spinning mill town in the world, producing more cotton than France and Germany combined. Oldham's textile industry fell into decline in the mid-20th century; the town's last mill closed in 1998.The demise of textile processing in Oldham depressed the local economy. Today Oldham is a predominantly residential town, and a centre for further education and the performing arts. It is, however, still distinguished architecturally by the surviving cotton mills and other buildings associated with that industry. The town has a population of 103,544 and an area of around 26sqmi.
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