- Wardle, Greater Manchester
infobox UK place
country = England
region= North West England
postcode_district = OL12
Wardle (pop. 7,092) is a village within the
Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, in Greater Manchester, England.cite web |url=http://www.gmcro.co.uk/guides/gazette/gazframe.htm |title=A select gazetteer of local government areas, Greater Manchester County|publisher= Greater Manchester County Record Office|accessdate=2008-06-17|date= 2003-07-31] It lies amongst the foothills of the Pennines, convert|1.8|mi|km|1|lk=on east-southeast of Whitworth, convert|2.5|mi|km|1 north-northwest of Rochdaleand convert|12|mi|km|0 north-northeast of the city of Manchester.
Historically a part of
Lancashire, Wardle and its surroundings have provided archaeological evidence of Mesolithicactivity in the area. The name Wardle is said to be derived from "Ward Hill", implying "fortified place". Brown Wardle Hilloverlooks the village from the north, its name being derived from the Celtic word "bron" meaning "round". During the Middle AgesWardle was a small centre of domestic flanneland woollencloth production, and many of the original weavers' cottages survive today as listed buildings. [Frangopulo (1977), p. 29.]
Wardle, the most northerly settlement in Greater Manchester,Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council (N.D.), p. 33.] encompasses small parts of Smallbridge and
Dearnley— urban areas contiguous with Rochdale — but "retains a rural character". The Watergrove Reservoir, to the immediate north of Wardle, is the largest of a series of reservoirs in the Borough of Rochdale, with a storage capacity of 720 million gallons. Wardle comprises 17th and 18th century stone churches, farmhouses and cottages by the hills. The village square is preserved as a place of historic interest.
Lying within the historic county boundaries of
Lancashiresince the early 12th century, Wardle was anciently linked with Wuerdle, and lay within the township of Hundersfieldand parish of Rochdale. Wuerdle and Wardlewould later split from Hundersfield to form a township of itself, still within the parish of Rochdale and in the hundred of Salford.
local authoritywas a Local board of healthestablished in 1874; Wuerdle and Wardle Local Board of Health was a regulatory body responsible for standards of hygiene and sanitation in the township. In 1879 part of the neighbouring township of Butterworth was included in the area of the Local Board. Under the Local Government Act 1894, the area of the local board broadly became the Wardle Urban District, a local government district in the Rochdale Poor Law Unionand administrative county of Lancashire. Part of the Milnrow Urban Districtwas added to it in the same year.
Local Government Act 1972, the Wardle Urban District was abolished, and Wardle has, since 1 April 1974, formed an unparished areaof the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, within the Metropolitan countyof Greater Manchester.
At coor dms|53|38|52|N|2|7|56|W|city (53.6478°, -2.1323°), and convert|170|mi|km|0 north-northwest of
London, Wardle lies at the foothills of the Pennines, at the northeastern fringe of the Greater Manchester Urban Area, the United Kingdom's third largest conurbation. [cite web|url=http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/census2001/ks_urban_north_part_5.pdf|format=PDF| title=Census 2001:Key Statistics for urban areas in the North; Map 3|author= Office for National Statistics|publisher=statistics.gov.uk|accessdate=2007-09-13|date=2001] [cite web|url=http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/greater_manchester_urban_area.asp|title=Greater Manchester Urban Area|date=2001|author= Office for National Statistics|publisher=statistics.gov.uk|accessdate=2007-12-24] Wardle is the most northerly settlement in Greater Manchester.
Wardle is south of the
Watergrove Reservoirand west of Littleborough.
*cite book |last=Frangopulo |first=N. J. |date=1977 |title=Tradition in Action: The Historical Evolution of the Greater Manchester County |publisher=EP Publishing|location=
*cite book |author=Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council |date=N.D. |title=Metropolitan Rochdale Official Guide|publisher=Ed. J. Burrow & Co. Limited|location=
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