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Ellenroad Steam Museum is a landmark and visitor attaction in Newhey

Newhey (Greater Manchester)

Newhey shown within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SD934115
Metropolitan borough Rochdale
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ROCHDALE
Postcode district OL16
Dialling code 01706
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
European Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Oldham East and Saddleworth
List of places: UKEnglandGreater Manchester

Coordinates: 53°36'00?N 2°05'54?W? / ?53.6001, -2.0982

Newhey is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, in Greater Manchester, England. It is at the foot of the Pennines on the River Beal, 2.7 miles (4.3 km) east-southeast of Rochdale and 10.3 miles (16.6 km) northeast of Manchester. Newhey lay within the former Milnrow Urban District and in this capacity is sometimes considered a suburb of Milnrow, the centre of which lies immediately north.

Historically a part of Lancashire, for centuries Newhey (or New Hey[1]) was an obscure hamlet with little attributable recorded history. However, the settlement experienced considerable rates of growth as a milling village following the introduction of textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution and the construction of a major road in the early 1800s, passing through Newhey from Werneth to Littleborough

Newhey is on Junction 21 of the M62 motorway and is the home of Ellenroad Steam Museum - a preserved engine house of a former cotton mill which was saved during the demolition of Ellenroad ring mill in 1985. It is the largest working steam engine in the world.[citation needed]


[edit] History

Ellenroad Ring Mill, as it was in 1984.
Ellenroad Ring Mill, as it was in 1984.

Newhey was home to the Newhey Brick & Terracotta Co. Ltd., a prosperous brick and tile works which opened on Huddersfield Road in 1899. Its bricks are to be found in the fabric of buildings all over the world. Most of the mills and accompanying terraced houses in the Rochdale and Oldham areas were built from this "Newhey brick".[citation needed]

In the 1920s, Newhey had at least five cotton mills, including Ellenroad, Newhey, Coral, Haugh and Garfield (demolished 1969).[citation needed]

[edit] Governance

From a very early time Newhey formed part of the Butterworth township of Rochdale parish, in the Hundred of Salfordshire.

From 1894 to 1974, Newhey formed part of Milnrow Urban District in the administrative county of Lancashire.[2] In the local government reforms of 1974, this Urban District status was abolished and Newhey has since formed part of the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale.

Newhey previously formed part of the Littleborough and Saddleworth constituency. It is now represented in the House of Commons as part of the parliamentary constituency of Oldham East and Saddleworth, by Phil Woolas MP, a member of the Labour party.

[edit] Geography

Neighbouring towns, villages and places.
Newhey East:
Shaw and Crompton

Newhey lies in the foothills of the Pennines. Its immediate proximity to Milnrow effectively makes Newhey a suburb, though sources assert it is its own village.[3]

Localities in Newhey include Haugh. A number of reserviors lie above Newhey to the east, including Ogden, Kitcliffe and Piethorne.

[edit] Landmarks

St Thomas's at Newhey
St Thomas's at Newhey

Milnrow War Memorial is located in Memorial Park at Newhey, and is a Grade II listed structure.[4] The war memorial was originally sited in central Milnrow, set back from the road near Milnrow Bridge and was unveiled in 1924 by Major General A Solly-Flood, a former commander of 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. The memorial is constructed of Sandstone surmounted by a bronze statue of a World War I Infantry soldier with rifle and fixed bayonet symbolic of the young manhood of the district in the early days of World War I. It was sculptured by G Thomas in 1923. The plinth holds bronze and slate panels recording the names of those who have died in the two World Wars.[5]

Ellenroad Engine House is a landmark in Newhey. It was designed by Sir Philip Stott, 1st Baronet.

The Newhey, St Thomas parish church was built in 1876 and served a new Anglican parish of Newhey created in the same year.[6] Dedicated to Saint Thomas, it is part of the Church of England, and its patron is the Bishop of Manchester.[7] The church was extensively damaged in an arson attack which took place on 21 December 2007.[8]

[edit] Transport

Newhey is served by the M62 motorway and New Hey railway station.

[edit] References

  1. , Youngs, F. (1991). Local Administrative Units: Northern England. Royal Historical Society, 172. 
  2. , Milnrow UD, Vision of Britain. URL accessed January 3, 2007.
  3. , Church hit by fire - News - Rochdale Observer
  4. , Wyke, Terry (2005). Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 0853235678. 
  5. , Memorial - maintenance - Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  6. , Newhey EP Lancashire through time | Local history overview for the Ecclesiastical Parish
  7. , Townships - Butterworth | British History Online
  8. , Church hit by fire - News - Rochdale Observer

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