Oldham FAQs:

Q: Is Oldham a predominantly residential town?

A: Yes, and a centre for further education and the performing arts.

Q: Was Oldham surrounded by large swathes of moorland?

A: Yes, and which is reflected in the placenames of Moorside, Greenacres moor, Littlemoor, Northmoor among others.

Q: Is Oldham home to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre and the Oldham Theatre Workshop?

A: Yes, and which have facilitated the early careers of notable actors and writers, including Eric Sykes, Bernard Cribbins and Anne Kirkbride, daughter of acclaimed cartoonist Jack Kirkbride who worked for the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

Q: Is Oldham represented by the Millstone Grit and Coal Measures series of rocks?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Oldham established?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Oldham believed to have been little more than a scattering of small and insignificant settlements spread across the moorland and dirt tracks that linked Manchester to York?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Oldham Hathershaw?

A: Yes, and occurring in a deed for 1280 with the spelling Halselinechaw Clugh.

Q: Is Oldham a centre for higher education and a sister campus of the University of Huddersfield?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Oldham now home to a newly built state-of-the-art art gallery?

A: Yes, and Gallery Oldham, which was completed in February 2002 as the first phase of the Oldham Cultural Quarter.

Q: Was Oldham recorded in 1212 as being one of five parts of the thegnage estate of Kaskenmoor?

A: Yes, and which was held on behalf of King John by Roger de Montbegon and William de Nevill.

Q: Was Oldham frequently disturbed by bread and labour riots?

A: Yes, and facilitated by periods of scarcity and the disturbance of employment following the introduction of cotton-spinning machinery.

Q: Was Oldham hit hard by the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861–1865?

A: Yes, when supplies of raw cotton from the United States were cut off.

Q: Is Oldham irregular when compared to most towns in England?

A: Yes, and its form restricted in places by its hilly upland terrain.

Q: Is Oldham provided by the Greater Manchester Police?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Oldham bound by smaller towns?

A: Yes, and including Ashton-under-Lyne, Chadderton, Failsworth, Royton and Shaw and Crompton, with little or no green space between them.

Q: Is Oldham attested by the discovery of Neolithic flint arrow-heads and workings found at Werneth and Besom Hill?

A: Yes, and implying habitation 7–10,000 years ago.

Q: Is Oldham however known to be a derivative of Aldehulme?

A: Yes, and undoubtedly an Old Norse name.

Q: Was Oldham documented as a manor held from the Crown by a family surnamed Oldham?

A: Yes, and whose seat was at Werneth Hall.

Q: Is Oldham served by a school of some kind?

A: Yes, and some with religious affiliations.

Q: Is Oldham unrelenting constraints upon the social and economic activities of the human inhabitants?

A: Yes.

Q: Is Oldham contiguous with other towns on all sides except for a small section along its eastern and southern boundaries?

A: Yes, and for purposes of the Office for National Statistics, forms the fourth largest settlement of the Greater Manchester Urban Area, the United Kingdom's third largest conurbation.

Q: Is Oldham called Oldhamers?

A: Yes, though "Roughyed" is a nickname from the 18th century when rough felt was used in Oldham to make hats.

Q: Is Oldham about 4 miles south of the major M62 motorway?

A: Yes, but is linked to it by the M60 at Hollinwood, and A627 via Chadderton.

Q: Was Oldham the birthplace of the first chip shop?

A: Yes.

Q: Was Oldham incorporated as a municipal borough?

A: Yes, and giving it borough status in the United Kingdom, and in 1850 the Borough Council obtained the powers of the improvement commissioners.