Greater Manchester: Local History Resources

Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England, which is home to the City of Manchester, the City of Salford and a number of large and small towns.

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What Areas Are In Greater Manchester?

The metropolitan county of Greater Manchester has the third highest county population in England, and consists of the following 10 areas:

Before metropolitan counties were created in 1974, Oldham was part of Yorkshire and Manchester, Trafford, Stockport and Tameside belonged to Cheshire.

Cheshire is a county which is not part of Greater Manchester, although both Cheshire and Greater Manchester are located in the region called North West England.

Cities, Towns And Villages Of Greater Manchester

There are two cities in Greater Manchester: Manchester and Salford. There are also a number of towns and suburbs, as well as villages.

The cities, towns and villages of Greater Manchester include:

  • Abram
  • Altrincham
  • Ashton-in-Makerfield
  • Aspull
  • Astley
  • Atherton
  • Audenshaw
  • Blackley
  • Blackrod
  • Bowdon
  • Bramhall
  • Bredbury
  • Broadbottom
  • Bryn
  • Bury
  • Cadishead
  • Chadderton
  • Cheadle
  • Cheetham Hill
  • Chorlton-cum-Hardy
  • Denton
  • Didsbury
  • Droylsden
  • Dukinfield
  • Eccles
  • Failsworth
  • Fallowfield
  • Farnworth
  • Gatley
  • Golborne
  • Hale
  • Hattersley
  • Hazel Grove
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Heaton Mersey
  • Heaton Moor
  • Heaton Norris
  • Heywood
  • Higher End
  • Hindley
  • Hollingworth
  • Horwich
  • Hulme
  • Hyde
  • Ince-in-Makerfield
  • Irlam
  • KearsleyLees
  • Leigh
  • Littleborough
  • Little Lever
  • Longdendale
  • Longsight
  • Marple
  • Marple Bridge
  • Mellor
  • Middleton
  • Milnrow
  • Mossley
  • Moss Side
  • Mottram-in-Longdendale
  • Newhey
  • Newton Heath
  • Northenden
  • Old Trafford 
  • Ordsall
  • Orrell
  • Pendlebury
  • Prestwich
  • Radcliffe
  • Ramsbottom
  • Reddish
  • Ringway
  • Romiley
  • Royton
  • Rusholme
  • Saddleworth
  • Sale
  • Salford
  • Shaw and Crompton
  • Shevington
  • South Turton
  • Stalybridge
  • Standish-with-Langtree
  • Timperley
  • Tottington
  • Tyldesley
  • Urmston
  • Walkden
  • Wardle
  • Westhoughton
  • Whitefield
  • Winstanley
  • Withington
  • Worsley
  • Wythenshawe

Greater Manchester History Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups are a great way to share memories, photos and videos about your local area. 

The Facebook Groups focussed on the local history of Greater Manchester include:

  • Audenshaw Local History Society
  • Denton Local History Society
  • Manchester A Pictorial And Film History
  • Oldham Family Names/History

Greater Manchester Local History Resources

We have a page for the long list of UK local history resources available for anyone interested in local history and family history matters. Most of them include material relevant to Greater Manchester.

The local archives, groups and societies, and other resources focussed on the history of Greater Manchester include:

  •  Chalk History Group (Charlestown and Lower Kersal)
  • Eccles and District History Society
  • Greater Manchester County Record Office
  • Irlam, Cadishead and District Local History Society
  • John Rylands University Of Manchester
  • Manchester Literature Festival
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester District Music Archive
  • Manchester Modernist Society
  • Manchester Victorian Society
  • Manchester Local History Society
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Salford City Archives
  • Salford Local History Library
  • Salford Local History Society
  • Salford Museum and Art Gallery
  • Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society
  • Working Class Movement Library
  • Victoria Baths, Manchester

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