Shaw and Crompton
|Shaw and Crompton|
A view of Shaw and Crompton from Crompton Moor
Shaw and Crompton shown within Greater Manchester
|Area||4.5 sq mi (12 km2)|
|Population||21,721 (2001 Census)|
|– density||4,692/sq mi (1,812/km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||166 mi (267 km) SSE|
|Civil parish||Shaw and Crompton|
|Metropolitan county||Greater Manchester|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Oldham East and Saddleworth|
Shaw and Crompton is a town and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on the River Beal at the foothills of the South Pennines, 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north of Oldham, 3.6 miles (5.8 km) southeast of Rochdale, and 8.7 miles (14 km) to the northeast of the city of Manchester. It is regularly referred to as Shaw.
Historically in Lancashire, Crompton (as it was originally known) and its surroundings have provided evidence of ancient British and Anglian activity in the area. During the Middle Ages, Crompton formed a small township of scattered woods, farmsteads, moorland, and swamp with a small and close community of families. The local lordship was weak or absent, and so Crompton failed to emerge as a manor with its own lord and court. Farming was the main industry of this broadly independent and self-supporting rural area, with locals supplementing their incomes by hand-loom woollen weaving in the domestic system.
The introduction of textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution initiated a process of rapid and unplanned urbanisation. A building boom began in Crompton during the mid-19th century, when suitable land for factories in Oldham was becoming scarce. By the late 19th century Crompton had emerged as a densely populated mill town. Forty-eight cotton mills—some of the largest in the United Kingdom—have been recorded as existing in the area. At its spinning zenith, as a result of an interwar economic boom associated with the textile industry, Shaw and Crompton was reported to have had more millionaires per capita than any other town in the world. Imports of foreign cotton goods began the decline in the region's textile industry during the mid-20th century; Shaw and Crompton's last mill closed in 1989.
Shaw and Crompton, which covers 4.5 square miles (11.7 km2), is a predominantly suburban area of mixed affluence with a population of 21,721 in 2001. Its double name has been said to make it "distinctive, if not unique". The legacy of its industrial past can be seen in its six surviving cotton mills, all of which are home to large distribution companies, among them Shop Direct Group's Shaw National Distribution Centre, a major employer in the area.
- 1 History
- 2 Governance
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demography
- 5 Economy
- 6 Landmarks
- 7 Transport
- 8 Education
- 9 Religion
- 10 Community facilities
- 11 Public services
- 12 Notable people
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The name Shaw is derived from the Old English word sceaga, meaning "wood". The name Crompton is also of Old English derivation, from the words crom or crumb, meaning "bent" or "crooked", and ton, for "hamlet or village". A local historian stated that "this name aptly describes the appearance of the place, with its uneven surface, its numerous mounds and hills, as though it had been crumpled up to form these ridges". The University of Nottingham's Institute for Name-Studies has offered the suggestion that the name Crompton means "river-bend settlement", which may reflect Crompton's location on a meander of the River Beal.
The dual name of both Shaw and Crompton has been said to make the town "distinctive, if not unique", while preference of Shaw over Crompton and vice versa has been (and to a limited extent remains) a minor local controversy and point of confusion. Today, the single name of Shaw seems to have won preference in the locality.
Shaw was originally a hamlet and sub-district of Crompton, and appears to have originated as the commercial and ecclesiastic centre of Crompton because of a small chapel sited there dating back to the 16th century. Before then, Whitfield had been the largest village in Crompton. In 1872, Shaw was noted as one of three villages in Crompton. However, due to Shaw's urbanisation following the construction of a major road from Werneth to Littleborough, and the establishment of a post office sub-district named and situated in Shaw, it came to dominate Crompton. Additionally, a separate ecclesiastical parish was created for the township in 1835, which was given the name Shaw because of the church's location on Shaw Moor, in Crompton. The names merged to form the present day Shaw and Crompton, which boundary markers have used since at least the 1950s.
An early type of axe known as a palstave has been discovered on Crompton Moor, providing evidence of Bronze Age human activity. It is believed that the area was inhabited by Ancient Britons, and that the Brigantes gave the River Beal its name. An ancient track, perhaps of Roman origin, crosses the modern Buckstones Road leading to Castleshaw Roman fort in neighbouring Saddleworth.
In 616 Æthelfrith of Bernicia, an Anglo-Saxon King, crossed the Pennines with an army and passed through Manchester to defeat the Britons in the Battle of Chester. A wave of Anglian colonists followed this military conquest and their settlements are identified by the Old English suffix ton in local place names. Royton, Middleton, Moston, Clayton, Ashton and Crompton are localities northeast of Manchester which may have been founded during that colonisation, suggesting that Crompton as a settlement could date from the 7th century.
During Anglo-Saxon England, it is assumed from toponymic evidence that the township of Crompton formed around a predominantly Anglian community with a few Norse settlers, and within the extensive Hundred of Salfordshire. Following the Norman conquest of England, Crompton was part of a vast estate given to Roger the Poitevin, the maternal nephew of William the Conqueror. It was unmentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086; the first recorded use of the name Crompton for the township was discovered in legal documents relating to Cockersand Abbey near Lancaster, dating from the early 13th century. The document outlines that Gilbert de Notton, a Norman who had acquired the land from Roger de Montbegon, granted his estate to Cockersand Abbey. The Knights Hospitaller and Whalley Abbey held small estates in the township. In 1234, about 80 acres (32 ha) of land at Whitfield in Crompton were given to the Hospitallers, a religious order that provided care for poor, sick or injured pilgrims to the Holy Land. A medieval cross has been discovered in the ruins of a house at Whitfield.
During the High Middle Ages, Crompton was a collection of scattered woods, farmsteads, moorland, swamp and a single corn mill, occupied by a small and close community of families. The area was thinly populated and consisted of several dispersed hamlets, including Whitfield, High Crompton, Cowlishaw, Birshaw and Bovebeale (above Beal). These hamlets were situated above the water-logged valley bottoms and below the exposed high moors. Owing to complicated local arrangements of land tenure, inheritance, and absentee landlords, the local lordship was weak, and Crompton failed to emerge as a manor with its own lord and court. This slowly facilitated comparative freedoms and independence for the early people of Crompton, which encouraged the influx of families from the neighbouring parish of Rochdale, including the Buckleys, Cleggs, Greaves and Milnes.
During the Late Middle Ages, the Buckley and Crompton families were recorded as the largest landowners in Crompton, owning land and farmsteads at Whitfield and Crompton Fold respectively. The Crompton family has a well-documented history and can be traced back to the time of Magna Carta, appearing in the Assize Roll for 1245. Crompton is indigenous to the township, and first appears as a family name in the 13th century, when the locality's principal landowner, Hugh de la Legh, changed his family name to "de Crompton" (of Crompton), to reflect the estate he possessed. The family owned a large historic house by the name of Crompton Hall, on the site of Crompton Fold. Crompton Hall first appears in historical records as early as 1442, owned by Thomas de Crompton and his family. The original "medieval" Crompton Hall was demolished around 1848. A second Crompton Hall, set in its own prominent forested grounds, was erected by the family—by then an influential and affluent investor in the local cotton industry—but following the death of the last remaining family members, the site was sold and, in 1950, the house was demolished to make way for an exclusive development of bungalows.
Because of the poor soils and rugged terrain, Samuel Lewis said Crompton's inhabitants were "a race of hardy and laborious men". They have also been described as having a reputation for being a "hardy, frugal and somewhat independent breed", which has been attributed to the tradition of absentee landlords and self-sustenance in earlier times. There had been a chapel of ease at the hamlet of Shaw since at least the early 16th century, but, due to ecclesiastical arrangements for the parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, the inhabitants were obliged to contribute money towards Oldham Parish Church, which in turn had obligation to the mother Church of St Mary the Virgin at Prestwich. On several occasions during the 15th and 16th centuries, the Archdeacon of Chester had to intervene because Crompton's inhabitants refused to contribute towards holy bread and candles used at Prestwich. In 1826, a poll was taken regarding the re-building of Oldham Church. Not one person in Crompton voted in favour of the rebuilding and when a rate was levied to raise money for the new church at Oldham, the people of Crompton refused to pay.
Textiles and the Industrial Revolution
The manufacture of textiles in Crompton can be traced back to 1474, when a lease dated from that year outlines that the occupant of Crompton Park had spinning wheels, cards and looms, all of which suggest that cloth was being produced in large quantities. The upland geography of the area constrained the output of crop growing, and so prior to industrialisation the area was used for grazing sheep, which provided the raw material for a local woollen weaving trade. Wills and inventories from the 15th and 16th centuries suggest most families were involved with small scale pasture, but supplemented their incomes by weaving woollens in the domestic system, and selling cloth, linen and fustians to travelling chapmen for the markets in Manchester and Rochdale. Despite its remoteness by the Pennines, by the Early Modern period the domestic system in Crompton had produced relatively wealthy inhabitants. The most affluent were those involved in cloth and linen, and their wealth was comparable to that of the merchants of Manchester and Salford.
Until the mid-18th century, Crompton's textile sector had been closely linked with that of Rochdale and Saddleworth in the north and east; it was a woollen manufacturing district. However, as the demand for cotton goods increased, Crompton mirrored developments in Oldham and Manchester in the south and southwest, importing raw cotton and making cotton cloth. To ensure that the woollen trade was kept buoyant, a law existed from 1675 to 1814 to encourage Shaw and Crompton's wool production. It required that the deceased were to be buried in woollen garments.
In the second half of the 18th century, the technology of cotton-spinning machinery improved, and the need for larger buildings to house bigger, better and more efficient equipment became apparent. The profitability of cotton spinning meant that open land that had been used for farming since antiquity, was utilised for purpose-built weavers' cottages. Larger buildings were still desired, and construction of two water powered cotton factories (two or three times the size of a cottage) can be traced to 1782. The construction of more mills followed—ten by 1789—facilitating a process of urbanisation and socioeconomic transformation in the region; the population moved away from farming, adopting employment in the factory system. The introduction of the factory system led to an increase of the township's population; from 872 in 1714 to 3,500 in 1801, mostly as a result of an influx of people from Yorkshire and Lancashire looking for employment in the cotton mills.
Power looms introduced in the early 19th century put an end to the last remnants of the domestic system in Crompton, but not without resistance. Weavers and spinners were paid according to the amount of cloth they produced; independent hand loom weavers saw a drop in their income, and could not compete with the mechanised mass production that was gathering pace in the township. Luddites rioted in the township in 1826, smashing 24 power looms at Clegg's mill at High Crompton in protest against their worsening standard of living.
Crompton's damp climate provided the ideal conditions for cotton spinning to be carried out without the cotton drying and breaking, and newly developed 19th-century mechanisation optimised cotton spinning for mass production for the global market. When suitable land in nearby Oldham (then the largest and most productive mill town in the world) had become scarce in the 1860s, there was a mill building boom in Shaw and Crompton, giving rise to the area as major mill town. The local townscape became dominated by distinctive rectangular brick-built mills, and its former villages and hamlets agglomerated as a single town around these factories. Shaw and Crompton railway station and a goods yard was opened in 1863, allowing improved transportation of textile goods and raw materials to and from the township. Neighbouring Royton had begun to encroach upon the township's southern boundary, forming a continuous urban cotton-spinning district with Oldham, Lees and Chadderton—the Oldham parliamentary constituency—which was responsible for 13% of the world's cotton production.
The demand for cheap cotton goods from this area prompted the flotation of cotton spinning companies; the investment was followed by the construction of 12 new cotton mills from 1870 and 1900. In the post-war economic boom of 1919–20, investors did not have the time to build new mills and so were prepared to pay vastly inflated sums for shares in existing companies. Many mills were refloated at valuations of up to £500,000 (£20,050,000 as of 2015), or five times what they had cost to build before the war, resulting in the town being nicknamed "The Golden City" as the scramble for shares intensified. Because of this highly profitable share dealing, it was reported in the national press that Shaw and Crompton had more millionaires per capita than any other town in the world. The number of cotton mills in the township peaked at 36 in 1920.
Supplies of raw cotton from the United States were cut during the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861–1865, leading to the formation of the Crompton Local Board of Health in 1863, whose purpose was to ensure social security and maintain hygiene and sanitation in the locality. The Great Depression, and First and Second World Wars each contributed to periods of economic decline in Shaw and Crompton. Although the industry endured, as imports of cheaper foreign yarns increased during the mid-20th century, Shaw and Crompton's textile sector declined gradually to a halt; said to have over-relied upon the textile sector, cotton spinning reduced in the 1960s and 1970s, and by the early 1980s only four mills were operational. In spite of efforts to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of its production, the final cotton was spun in Shaw and Crompton in 1989, in Lilac and Park mills. Of the 48 cotton mills that have occupied Shaw and Crompton, only six are still standing, all of which are now used as distribution centres.
Since deindustrialisation, Shaw and Crompton's population has continued to grow as a result of intensive housing expansion and redevelopment which has modernised much of its former Victorian and Edwardian terraced housing districts. The town has 9,274 residential dwellings, of which one third are Victorian or Edwardian terraces, built for the cotton mill workers of former times. It is considered a popular residential area of relative prosperity, with a variety of housing types. The Buckstones and Rushcroft areas contain modern housing estates and are amongst the most affluent suburbs of the town. They were built as part of an agreement made in the 1950s between the then Crompton Urban District and the County Borough of Oldham councils, to alleviate Oldham's chronic shortage of quality housing. The town has subsequently been described as having "good community spirit and relative prosperity, which, in turn, create popular residential areas".
Shaw and Crompton has been used as a filming location for domestic films and television programmes, including The Parole Officer, Common As Muck, Scott & Bailey and The Fred Dibnah Story, the latter of which documented Fred Dibnah's demolition of the Briar and Cape mill chimneys. The town entered the national media in 2010, 2011 and 2012; for the kidnapping of Sahil Saeed, the mugging and death of Nellie Geraghty (which featured on Crimewatch), and the explosion of a house in Buckley Street respectively. Shaw and Crompton Metrolink station opened as part of Greater Manchester's light-rail Metrolink network on 16 December 2012.
Crompton was recorded in 1212 as being one of the five parts of the thegnage estate of Kaskenmoor, which was held on behalf of King John by Roger de Montbegon and William de Nevill. The other parts of this estate were Glodwick, Sholver, Oldham, and Werneth, names and places still familiar today. Crompton would later form a township within the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, in the hundred of Salford. Throughout the Middle Ages, local men acted as jurors and constables for the purposes of upholding law and order in the township.
Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, Crompton formed part of the Oldham Poor Law Union, an inter-parish unit established to provide social security. Crompton's first local authority was a Local board of health established in 1863; Established with reference to the Local Government Act 1858, Crompton Local Board of Health was a regulatory body responsible for standards of hygiene and sanitation in the township. Following the Local Government Act 1894, the area of the Local Board became the Crompton Urban District, a local government district within the administrative county of Lancashire. The urban district council was based out of Shaw/Crompton Town Hall, which opened on 28 December 1894.
Under the Local Government Act 1972, the town's Urban District status was abolished, and the area has, since 1 April 1974, formed part of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, a local government district of the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester. A civil parish of Crompton was formed in April 1987 and renamed to "Shaw and Crompton" in July 1987. The civil parish has its own parish council, giving it some limited local government autonomy from that of the wider Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, and including the status as a statutory consultee on local planning applications. The council comprises 14 locally elected members, and is consulted in planning applications that affect the area through the Shaw and Royton Area Committee of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Shaw and Crompton Community Council, a separate body, meets at least four times per year and is designed to allow local people to put forward their priorities for the area in which they live, suggest improvements and have their say on how services are run on a local basis. Shaw and Crompton does not have a mayor, but does have a town crier, a purely ceremonial role. Shaw and Crompton is one of only a few parishes of England that still observes the ancient custom of Beating the bounds. Originally an annual event, it now takes place every seven years.
In terms of parliamentary representation, Shaw and Crompton after the Reform Act 1832 was represented as part of the Oldham parliamentary borough constituency, of which the first Members of Parliaments (MPs) were the radicals William Cobbett and John Fielden. Winston Churchill was the MP between 1900 and 1906. Churchill once stayed at Crompton Hall, and letters written by him describe how peaceful and tranquil he thought the area to be. Constituency boundaries changed during the 20th century; from 1885 to 1918 Shaw and Crompton lay within Prestwich constituency, from 1918 to 1950 in Royton constituency, from 1950 until 1983 in Heywood and Royton constituency, and from 1983 to 1997 in Littleborough and Saddleworth constituency. Since 1997, Shaw and Crompton has lain within the parliamentary constituency of Oldham East and Saddleworth, and is represented in the House of Commons by Debbie Abrahams, a member of the Labour Party.
At Saddleworth and the Pennines are close to the east. The larger towns of Rochdale and Oldham lie to the northwest and south respectively; Royton is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) west-southwest. There are no motorways in Shaw and Crompton, though a light rail line bisects the town from north to south. The town has a post office under the Oldham post town. The territory of the civil parish is given as 4.5 square miles (11.7 km2). For purposes of the Office for National Statistics, Shaw and Crompton forms part of the Greater Manchester Urban Area, with Manchester city centre itself 8.7 miles (14.0 km) southwest of Shaw and Crompton.(53.5777°, -2.0928°) Shaw and Crompton lies along the eastern edge of the ancient Lancashire border;
Described in Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) as located in "a bleak situation", Shaw and Crompton is in the valley of the River Beal, which runs northward through the town towards the village of Newhey. The land to the east of the town steadily rises, reaching a height of 1,283 feet (391 m) at the summit of Crompton Moor. To the west, the land reaches around 699 feet (213 m) at High Crompton and 825 feet (251 m) at Whitfield, and from these highpoints the surface slopes away in all directions. The River Irk rises on Shaw and Crompton's western boundary with Royton. The geology is represented by carboniferous coal measures. The soils of the town are broadly sterile, the poorest being in the upland moors. Rainfall rises steadily from the Cheshire Plain in a northeasterly direction, and totals are between 51 inches (1,295 mm) to 67 inches (1,702 mm) a year in Shaw and Crompton, which is well above the UK average of 45.4 inches (1,153 mm) and compares to about 33 inches (838 mm) a year at Ringway.
Shaw and Crompton's built environment is similar to the urban structure of most towns in England, consisting of residential dwellings centred around a High Street in the town centre, which is the local centre of commerce. There is a mixture of low-density urban areas, suburbs, semi-rural and rural locations in Shaw and Crompton, but overwhelmingly the land use in the town is residential; industrial areas and terraced houses give way to suburbs and rural greenery as the land rises out of the town. Generally, property in the centre, west, and south of the town is older and smaller in comparison to that found in the east and north.
Shaw and Crompton is divided into two political wards, named "Shaw" and "Crompton" (to the east and west respectively), and residential suburbs, including High Crompton, Rushcroft, Buckstones, Clough, Jubilee, Shaw Side, Wrens Nest, Cowlishaw, Low Crompton, Nook, Goats, Wood End and Shore Edge.
|Shaw and Crompton compared|
|UK Census 2001||Shaw and Crompton||Oldham (Met. District)||England|
|Over 65 years old||15%||14%||16%|
According to census data, in 2001 Shaw and Crompton had a total resident population of 21,721, with a population density of around 4,692 people per square mile (1,811 per km²), and an average age of 39. Around 3% of Shaw and Crompton's population is from a black and minority ethnic background (which includes a small but long established community of Bangladeshi heritage), the rest broadly being of white background.
Of the residents in the combined electoral wards of Shaw and Crompton (which are coterminous with the town) 41.7% were married, 9.2% were cohabiting couples, and 9.7% were lone parent families. Forty percent of households were made up of individuals and 14% had someone living alone at pensionable age.
The place of birth of the town's residents was 96.8% United Kingdom (including 95.13% from England), 0.6% Republic of Ireland, 0.5% from other European Union countries, and 2.1% from elsewhere in the world. Religion was recorded as 84% Christian, 1.7% Muslim, 0.2% Hindu, 0.2% Buddhist, 0.1% Jewish and <0.1% Sikh. Some 6.8% were recorded as having no religion, 0.1% had an alternative religion, and 5.6% did not state their religion.
The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 45% in full-time employment, 12% in part-time employment, 7% self-employed, 2.4% unemployed, 2% students with jobs, 3% students without jobs, 13% retired, 4% looking after home or family, 7% permanently sick or disabled, and 2% economically inactive for other reasons. This was roughly in line with the national figures. Of the town's residents aged 16–74, 15% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 20% nationwide.
Below is a table outlining population growth of the area since 1901. Earlier records show that the area had a population of 872 in 1714.
|Source:A Vision of Britain through Time|
From the 18th century onwards, Shaw and Crompton's economy was closely tied with that of Britain's textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, particularly the cotton spinning sector.
Shaw and Crompton has become a base for distribution companies as a result of the town's good transport links, its supply of large, disused mill properties, and its situation between Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Lancashire, and West Yorkshire. It is home to Shop Direct Group's Shaw National Distribution Centre, one of the UK's largest warehouse distribution centres. The company occupies three former cotton mills and state-of-the-art purpose-built storage and sorting facilities on a 20-acre (8.1 ha) complex within the town. In 2007, the site became the retail company's only packing and distribution centre for non-bulk items. It employs nearly 1,000 staff, making it the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham's largest private employer. The N Brown Group, and children's toy distributors Toy Options have distribution centres in the town.
Until the 1990s, Shaw and Crompton was the home of Osram, the multinational lightbulb manufacturer, which occupied Duke Mill and was a significant employer in the area. Production has since been moved away from the United Kingdom. Warburtons had one of its 11 major bakeries in Shaw and Crompton from 1965 to January 2012. The "Pennine" bakery produced around 500,000 loaves a week and distributed them to major multiples and independent retailers throughout Greater Manchester, Cheshire, and Derbyshire. Located on Glebe Street, it employed around 200 staff and produced a wide range of Warburtons bread products. In August 2012 the building was bought by UDUNK who propose to redevelop the building as commercial units for up to 6 businesses.
Trent Mill Industrial Estate, on the edge of the town near Rushcroft, takes its name from the mill that was once there. The business park is home to several small industrial companies. It was partially destroyed by a fire that started in a plastics factory in the early hours of 28 April 2007.
On 6 August 2007, a 35,000-square-foot (3,252 m2) Asda supermarket opened on the site of the former Dawn Mill. A derelict row of houses on Eastway was demolished as part of this development. Two houses on Greenfield Lane were also demolished, allowing the existing ALDI store to expand—possibly to help it to compete with the new ASDA store. The original planning application was put to a public vote in 2005, and included proposals for 316 parking spaces, improved bus facilities, pedestrian routes linked to Market Street, junction improvements to nearby streets, and the relocation of a local tyre-fitting company. The supermarket cost £20 million to construct, and is the first ASDA store in the United Kingdom to use environmentally friendly construction techniques, which Wal-Mart intends to use as a blueprint for all its new ASDA supermarkets. It incorporates a sustainable timber frame and an energy-saving ventilation system, which together have eradicated the need for 500 tonnes of steel and 450 tonnes of carbon emissions.
The main Crompton War Memorial, located on the High Street, consists of a Scottish granite plinth surmounted by a large bronze statue flanked by two Rolls of Honour containing the 346 names of those from Shaw and Crompton who fought and died in World War I. Panels listing the Roll of Honour from World War II were added and unveiled on 12 November 1950 by Councillor H. M. Turner. Commissioned by the Crompton War Memorial Committee, the statue was conceptualised in 1919 by Richard Reginald Goulden, and unveiled on 29 April 1923 by General Sir Ian Hamilton. The original cost for the memorial alone was £4,000, but the total cost, including site and layout, was about £6,067.
The inscription on the memorial reads:
The symbolic memorial depicts a group in which the central figure is a man defending the future generations, represented by young children, against foreign aggression, represented by a beast. The memorial is also a time capsule. Inside it is a lead casket containing coins, a copy of the local newspaper, three cops of spun cotton, and a length of cloth manufactured in the local area.
A second, smaller war memorial is located in Jubilee Gardens. It is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the Second Boer War. It consists of a plaque built into a stone wall that is located between two large bushes.
Its inscription reads:
It then lists eight men: four who were "killed in action", two who "died of wounds", and two who "died of disease".
In 1995, to mark the 50th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War, a landmark known as The Shaw and Crompton Beacon was erected in Jubilee Gardens.
The inscription on the plaque below reads:
erected by the Parish Council in 1995 to
commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of
the ending of World War Two
this plaque was presented by members of the British Legion
Spanning approximately 160 acres (0.6 km2), and reaching an elevation of 1,282 feet (391 m), Crompton Moor is one of the largest open spaces run by Oldham Countryside Service. It is a registered common of Greater Manchester, and, since 2003, a designated Site of Biological Importance. Brushes Clough and Pingot are former coal and sandstone quarries on Crompton Moor. During the 1970s, quarrying was halted, the land was reclaimed, and thousands of pine trees were planted. The area has since been used for recreation, including hiking, orienteering, and mountain biking. Brushes Clough Reservoir was constructed in the 19th century by the Oldham County Borough Council, using stone quarried from this site. The area is now managed by United Utilities.
Since the 1960s an unnamed waterfall (provisionally called Crompton Waterfall) cascades off Crompton Moor into the now unused Pingot Quarry forming the Old Brook, a tributary of the River Beal.
The Big Lamp was a six-sided gas-powered public street lamp standing 20 feet (6 m) high at the original cross-road junction of Manchester Road, Oldham Road, High Street, and Church Road. It was pulled down on 17 June 1925, when electric lighting was introduced. During the 1970s, the junction was redeveloped to accommodate the new Crompton Way bypass. A large roundabout was built, and a scaled-down replica of the original Big Lamp was erected in its centre. The new Big Lamp is electrically powered and stands about 6 feet (2 m) high.
Public transport in Shaw and Crompton is co-ordinated by Transport for Greater Manchester. Shaw and Crompton had a railway line and station between 1863 and 2009, opened initially for haulage, but later used for passenger and commuter journeys. Shaw and Crompton railway station was used by passenger trains running between Rochdale and Manchester on the Oldham Loop Line. After initially being rejected in the early 2000s, plans to turn the line into part of the light-rail Metrolink system were accepted by the government on 6 July 2006. Shaw and Crompton railway station closed on 3 October 2009, so that it can be converted from use with heavy rail to Metrolink. Shaw and Crompton Metrolink station opened on 16 December 2012.
Historically the town was served by two electric tram routes operated by Oldham Corporation. The first ran from Higginshaw and opened on 15 November 1904 it was almost immediately extended to Chadderton Road, Oldham. The second line from Royton opened on 13 April 1905. By January 1921 both lines shared a terminus at Wrens Nest and the Royton line had been extended to Hollinwood. In the same year, the routes were assigned numbers; Hollinwood to Shaw route was No.8 and the route to Chadderton Road was No.9. There were plans to extend the lines to the railway station and High Crompton but these never materialised. Route 9 was closed on 11 June 1935 and route 8 was closed on 2 December 1939, both were replaced by buses.
The bus company First Greater Manchester operates services 58, 59, 181, 182, 408 and 428, which provides frequent services to Oldham and Rochdale, with buses also running to Chadderton, Manchester, Middleton, Royton and Stalybridge. Rossendalebus runs the 435 between Buckstones and Rochdale. There is also two Shaw Circular routes 403 and 404 which are run by First, serving the smaller roads of Shaw and Crompton. Shaw and Crompton is located south of junction 21 of the M62 motorway.
There had been private cottage schools in the area from a very early time, but Crompton's first public school was founded in 1791. In 1838, the Shaw National School was built. The construction of church schools followed, including Shaw Methodist School in 1842, St Mary's, in 1847 and St James' 1851. Shaw and Crompton is now served by a variety of schools, including some with religious affiliations. All the schools in the town perform either at or above the national average for test results. Crompton House Church of England School, a secondary school for 11- to 16-year-olds, also has a sixth form college of further education for 16- to 18-year-olds on the same site.
|Beal Vale Primary School||Primary school||105672||website|
|Buckstones Primary School||Primary school||105671||website|
|Crompton House Church of England School||Secondary school||105740||website|
|Crompton Primary School||Primary school||133286||website|
|St George's CofE School||Primary school||105717||website|
|St James CofE School||Primary school||105710||website|
|Farrowdale House||Independent school||105747||website|
|Rushcroft Primary School||Primary school||105659||website|
|St Joseph's R.C. Primary||Primary school||105719||website|
|St Mary's CofE Primary School||Primary school||105711||website|
The township of Crompton was originally within the parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham in the Diocese of Lichfield, until 1541, when, owing to the English Reformation, this diocese was divided and Crompton became part of the Diocese of Chester. This in turn was divided in 1847, when the present Diocese of Manchester was created.
The exact date of the establishment of a place of worship in Crompton is uncertain. Although Shaw Chapel is certain to have been in existence since the early 16th century, it has been put that "Shaw Chapel is even more ancient than Oldham Old Church", as evidenced by the ancient toponymy of the area. Shaw Chapel was anciently known as St Patrick's Chapel-on-the-Moor, and during the reign of James I of England, "it was situate in the midst of the common called Shaw Moor, not a single habitation being near it". It is thought to have been constructed following an increase in wealth produced by the localisation of the woollen trade during a very bleak period, although, in 1552 it was noted that it had no endowment, and its ornaments were in poor condition. It was rebuilt in 1739 and enlarged in 1798, and rebuilt again in 1870. It is now known as the Church of Holy Trinity.
Shaw and Crompton has three Church of England ecclesiastic parishes: Shaw, High Crompton, and East Crompton. In addition to the established church, a variety of Reformed denominations, particularly Nonconformism and Methodism, have been practiced in Shaw and Crompton. Presbyterian ministers were recorded preaching at Shaw Chapel in as early as the 1650s. The Religious Society of Friends held conventicles in Whitfield in 1660s and 1670s.
The following is a table of the churches presently in Shaw and Crompton, as of 2007. Others have existed, but have been demolished.
|East Crompton, St James||Church of England||
|East Crompton, St Saviours Crompton Fold||Church of England||
|Shaw, Holy Trinity||Church of England||
|St Mary's High Crompton||Church of England||
|Shore Edge Methodist||Methodist||
|St Andrew's Methodist||Methodist||
|St Paul's Shaw Methodist||Methodist||
|Shaw United Reformed Church||Non-conformist||
||Shaw & Heyside United Reformed Church|
|St Joseph Roman Catholic Church||Roman Catholic||
|Salvation Army Church||Salvation Army||
Most of the above churches participate in Shaw's annual Whit Walks event, when congregations, choirs, and brass bands parade through the streets from their respective churches before taking part in one large, communal, inter-church service. The town centre is also home to a small mosque.
Shaw and Crompton has communal areas and public facilities, including public parks, sporting establishments, and playing fields. Public houses in the centre of the town include The Shay Wake (a mill town-themed J D Wetherspoon pub, named after the Shaw Wakes week), The Blue Bell, Duke of York, Coach and Horses, and The Pineapple. Outlying public houses include the Royal Oak at Cowlishaw, and the Park Inn at Buckstones Road.
Crompton Library is a purpose-built library housing over 36,000 items including books, CDs, and DVDs that can be borrowed by anyone who lives in the Oldham borough. It has communal Internet facilities. The library was built in the early 1990s after the original 1907 building, which exists now as apartments on Beal Lane, became too small.
There are three main public parks in Shaw and Crompton. Dunwood Park lies alongside the Oldham and Rochdale Metrolink Line and has a children's play area, bowling green, and over a mile of wooded pathways along the base of a forested hillside. The land that forms Dunwood Park was presented to Crompton Urban District Council by Captain Abram Crompton JP on 22 June 1911, and opened as a park by him on 14 September 1912. It was redeveloped with a new park and bowling green for its 2012 centenary after winning a £1 million grant from the National Lottery. High Crompton Park is in High Crompton and is home to a tennis court, bowling green, children's play area, and gardens. Jubilee Gardens are found in the centre of Shaw and Crompton town centre, behind the Crompton War Memorial. Shaw and Crompton has large areas of land reserved for sporting and communal events; these are located off George Street, Edward Road, and Rushcroft Road respectively.
Shaw Market, located on Westway, is open to market retailers and customers every Thursday. At other times most of the market area becomes a public car park. The market area has been used occasionally for fun fairs and other events. Shaw and Crompton town has several public sporting establishments. Crompton Pool is a swimming pool built in 1899 on Farrow Street in the town centre, and a gym added more recently. Crompton Cricket Club, is located on Glebe Street.
Playhouse 2 is a 156-seat theatre in the heart of Shaw and Crompton town centre, which used to be an Odeon cinema. It has been the home of the Crompton Stage Society, an amateur theatre company, since 1966. A wide variety of entertainment, professional as well as amateur, is produced each year.
Home Office policing in Shaw and Crompton is provided by the Greater Manchester Police. The force's "(Q) Division" have their headquarters for policing the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham at central Oldham. The nearest police station is at Royton. Public transport is co-ordinated by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. Statutory emergency fire and rescue service is provided by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
There are no hospitals in Shaw and Crompton—the nearest are in the larger settlements of Oldham and Rochdale—but some local health care is provided by Crompton Health Centre which is Shaw and Crompton's NHS surgery. It has been subject to a development scheme intended to improve NHS facilities in the town. The North West Ambulance Service provides emergency patient transport in the area. Other forms of health care are provided for locally by several small specialist clinics and surgeries.
Waste management is co-ordinated by the local authority via the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority. Locally produced inert waste for disposal is sent to landfill at the Beal Valley. Shaw and Crompton's Distribution Network Operator for electricity is United Utilities; there are no power stations in the town. United Utilities also manages Shaw and Crompton's drinking and waste water; water supplies are sourced from several local reservoirs, including Dovestones and Chew.
People from Shaw and Crompton are called Shaytonians or Cromptonians. Philip Gilbert Hamerton, an acclaimed etcher, painter, and art critic was born in the area in 1834. The town is the home of Oldham-born actress Shobna Gulati, former Oldham Athletic player and manager Andy Ritchie, and is the hometown of Kevin O'Toole, a founding member of dance act N-Trance. Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball live locally.
- Greater Manchester Gazetteer, Greater Manchester County Record Office, Places names - S, archived from the original on 18 July 2011, retrieved 20 June 2007
- Hunt & Stott 1988
- Ballard 1986, p. 28.
- Ballard 1986, pp. 11–12.
- Allen 1985, p. 1.
- University of Nottingham's Institute for Name-Studies, Crompton, nottingham.ac.uk. Retrieved on 15 February 2008.
- Crompton Urban District Council 1959, p. 69.
- "An ancient township called Crompton ...", Oldham Evening Chronicle, 29 February 2008: 8
- Hanyes 2004
- Lewis 1848, pp. 729–733.
- Oldham Borough Official Guide; The Borough's Districts, British-publishing.com. Retrieved on 3 April 2007.
- Ballard 1986, p. 53.
- Monument no 46038, Pastscape.org.uk. Retrieved on 1 August 2008.
- Ballard 1986, p. 13.
- Ballard 1986, p. 14.
- Monument no 46074, Pastscape.org.uk. Retrieved on 1 August 2008.
- Rathbone 2000, p. 143.
- Ballard 1986, p. 17.
- Ballard 1986, p. 19.
- Magee 1988, p. 3.
- Ballard 1986, p. 66.
- Rathbone 2000, pp. 146–147.
- Ballard 1986, p. 67.
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (January 2004), Shaw and Royton Area Plan (PDF), oldham.gov.uk, retrieved 21 June 2007[dead link]
- Heritage; The Oldham Boroughs; Crompton, visitoldham.co.uk, archived from the original on 21 December 2005. Retrieved on 22 June 2006.
- Ballard 1986, p. 68.
- Ballard 1986, p. 69.
- Gurr & Hunt 1998, pp. 4–5.
- Aspin 1981, p. 18.
- Sellers 1991, p. 47.
- Stott 1996, p. 56.
- Heritage; The History of Oldham; Oldham History, visitoldham.co.uk, archived from the original on 4 June 2008, retrieved 26 July 2008
- Ballard 1986, p. 71.
- UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
- Stott 1996, p. 8.
- Manchester City Council, Oldham Towns; Shaw, spinningtheweb.org.uk, retrieved 7 December 2006
- Ballard 1986, p. 73.
- Crompton Urban District Council 1959, p. 71.
- Ballard 1986, p. 72.
- United Kingdom Census 2001, Shaw (Ward);Household Spaces and Accommodation Type (KS16), neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk, retrieved 3 April 2007
- United Kingdom Census 2001, Crompton (Ward);Household Spaces and Accommodation Type (KS16), neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk, retrieved 3 April 2007
- Greater Manchester Police (1 January 2006), Description of Royton & Shaw, gmp.police.uk, archived from the original on 3 November 2007, retrieved 15 December 2006
- Homesearch (21 May 2003), Spotlight on Shaw, Oldham, manchesteronline.co.uk, archived from the original on 7 March 2007, retrieved 3 April 2007
- Crompton Urban District Council 1959, p. 13.
- "Chronicle helps our Suranne crack crime|". Oldham Evening Chronicle. oldham-chronicle.co.uk. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- Dibnah, Fred (Presenter), Haworth, D. (Director) (1986), The Fred Dibnah Story (TV Series), Shaw and Crompton
- Jones, Lewis (19 January 2012), "Crimewatch", Oldham Evening Chronicle (oldham-chronicle.co.uk), retrieved 29 June 2012
- "Man charged with manslaughter of pensioner who tried to stop muggers from taking her husband's ashes", The Daily Mail (London: dailymail.co.uk), 20 February 2012, retrieved 29 June 2012
- Byrne, Paul (27 June 2012), "He didn't stand a chance: Toddler killed after gas explosion rips through terraced street", The Mirror (mirror.co.uk), retrieved 29 June 2012
- "Oldham explosion: Child dies as house 'completely flattened'", BBC News, 26 June 2012, retrieved 29 June 2012
- Kirby, Dean (12 December 2012). "Shaw and Crompton Metrolink trams start this Sunday". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- "Metrolink stations 'to boost two Greater Manchester areas'". BBC News. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- Brownbill & Farrer 1911, pp. 108–112.
- Ballard 1986, p. 24.
- Great Britain Historical GIS Project (2004), "Crompton UD through time. Census tables with data for the Local Government District", A vision of Britain through time (University of Portsmouth), retrieved 15 June 2007
- Crompton Urban District Council 1959, p. 27.
- Stott 1996, p. 12.
- HMSO. Local Government Act 1972. 1972 c.70.
- Local Government in England and Wales. A guide to the New System. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1974. p. 15. ISBN 0-11-750847-0.
- "The Oldham (Parish of Crompton) Order 1986 (S.I. 1986/2196)" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Bulletin of Changes of Local Authority Status, Nmaes and Areas, 1st April 1987–31st March 1988" (PDF). Department of the Environment. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Know Your Councillors, oldham.gov.uk, archived from the original on 1 July 2007, retrieved 7 July 2007
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Community Councils, oldham.gov.uk, archived from the original on 14 March 2008, retrieved 9 June 2009
- Leeming, Ciara (4 May 2007), "Peter cries foul over picture on BNP leaflet", Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media), retrieved 9 July 2007
- Crompton Urban District Council 1959, p. 9.
- Ballard 1986, p. 63.
- Ballard 1986, p. 77.
- Great Britain Historical GIS Project (2004), "Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Oldham", A vision of Britain through time (University of Portsmouth), retrieved 2 November 2007
- The Churchill Centre, Churchill and ... Politics; All the Elections Churchill Ever Contested, winstonchurchill.org, archived from the original on 9 December 2007, retrieved 9 June 2009
- Greer, Stuart (15 June 2006), "More housing will make lives a misery", Oldham Advertiser: 24
- Crompton Urban District Council 1959, p. 17.
- Oldham East and Saddleworth, London: Guardian.co.uk, retrieved 21 January 2011
- GMPTE, Park & Ride - Shaw and Crompton rail station, gmpte.com, retrieved 3 July 2007[dead link]
- Office for National Statistics (2001), Census 2001:Key Statistics for urban areas in the North; Map 3 (PDF), statistics.gov.uk, retrieved 9 July 2007[dead link]
- Ordnance Survey (2006), Shaw and Crompton Town Centre Masterplan (PDF), Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, retrieved 3 July 2007[dead link]
- "Many faces of Shaw", Oldham Evening Chronicle, 7 May 2008: 22
- Oldham Council, Interactive Planning Map, oldham.gov.uk, retrieved 30 July 2008
- United Kingdom Census 2001, Shaw and Crompton CP (Parish), neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk, retrieved 18 March 2007
- United Kingdom Census 2001, Shaw (Ward), neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk, retrieved 3 April 2007
- United Kingdom Census 2001, Crompton (Ward), neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk, retrieved 3 April 2007
- Stott 1996, p. 4.
- Great Britain Historical GIS, Crompton UD: Total Population, visionofbritain.org.uk, retrieved 16 February 2014
- Stott 1996, p. 9.
- Crompton Urban District Council 1959, p. 15.
- Bowers, Simon (2 February 2009). "Woolworths lives again as online brand". guardian.co.uk (London: Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 2 February 2009.
- Tran, Mark; agencies (9 May 2006), "Littlewoods sheds 1,200 staff", guardian.co.uk (London: Guardian News and Media), retrieved 3 April 2007
- "Littlewoods pledges 400 new jobs", Oldham Advertiser (M.E.N. Media), 22 November 2006, retrieved 3 April 2007
- Directions to Fulfilment Logistics Centre (PDF), nbrown.co.uk, retrieved 16 March 2010[dead link]
- Greer, Stuart (3 May 2007), "Coming soon - Shaw TV!", Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media), retrieved 20 June 2007
- Warburtons Bakeries; North West; Pennine, Warburtons Virtual Press Office, archived from the original on 9 June 2005, retrieved 3 April 2007
- HELEN KORN (12 October 2012), Six businesses to earn a crust at former bakery site, oldham-chronicle.co.uk, retrieved 12 October 2012
- "Firefighters tackle factory blaze", BBC News, 28 April 2007, retrieved 28 April 2007
- Hooton, Richard and Torr, Martyn (30 April 2007), Inferno wrecks plastics factory, oldham-chronicle.co.uk, retrieved 30 April 2007
- "Green store shooting up", Oldham Evening Chronicle, 24 April 2007: 25
- ASDA Shaw - Your views count, Dialogue, February 2005
- Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (16 June 2003), Crompton War Memorial, pmsa.cch.kcl.ac.uk, retrieved 3 April 2007
- Stott 1996, p. 16.
- Crompton South African War Memorial, roll-of-honour.org, retrieved 20 June 2007
- Steve Duthie (August 2007), "Moors to life", Fourmost magazine (HKR magazines): 18
- Rural Surveys Research Unit, The Common Lands of Greater Manchester; A Biological Survey (PDF), defra.gov.uk, retrieved 13 August 2007
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Crompton Moor history trail (PDF), oldham.gov.uk, retrieved 27 July 2008[dead link]
- Crompton Moor Walking Trails (PDF), oldham.gov.uk, 16 June 2003, retrieved 20 June 2007[dead link]
- Crompton Urban District Council 1959, p. 19.
- Crompton Moor History Trail (PDF), oldham.gov.uk, 16 June 2003, retrieved 20 June 2007[dead link]
- Stott 1996, p. 14.
- Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (30 April 2008), Network Maps: Oldham (PDF), gmpte.com, archived from the original (PDF) on 14 April 2008, retrieved 28 July 2008
- Kirby, Dean (1 October 2009), "Signalman reaches end of line", Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media), retrieved 5 October 2009
- "End of era as loop line is replaced", Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media), 26 September 2008, retrieved 5 October 2009
- Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, What Happens Next, gmpte.com, retrieved 20 May 2008[dead link]
- Stott 1996, p. 55.
- 403/404 timetable (PDF), Transport for Greater Manchester, retrieved 14 March 2012
- Stott 1996, p. 15.
- Crompton House School, crompton-house.oldham.sch.uk, retrieved 26 July 2007
- Allen 1985, p. 7.
- Allen 1985, p. 2.
- Allen 1985, p. 3.
- Monument no 45900, Pastscape.org.uk, retrieved 24 July 2008
- Stott 1996, p. 55.
- Korn, Helen (9 December 2011). "45 new jobs as pub opens doors". Oldham Evening Chronicle. oldham-chronicle.co.uk. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- Magee 1988, pp. 1–47.
- Oldham Libraries; Crompton Library, oldham.gov.uk, retrieved 3 April 2007[dead link]
- Dunwood Park, dunwoodpark.co.uk, archived from the original on 11 October 2007, retrieved 25 July 2007
- Dunwood Park, shawcam.co.uk, archived from the original on 30 June 2007, retrieved 25 July 2007
- £1m Boost For Dunwood Park, saddleworthnews.com, 2007, retrieved 31 March 2010
- Markets North West England; Greater Manchester, funforall.co.uk, 2007, retrieved 26 July 2007
- Shaw and Royton Area Plan (PDF), oldham.gov.uk, January 2004, retrieved 20 June 2007[dead link]
- Playhouse2, playhouse2.com, retrieved 27 July 2007
- NHS (17 November 2005), First Schemes to be Developed - Crompton, oldham.nhs.uk, archived from the original on 29 September 2007, retrieved 25 April 2007
- Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (2008), Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), gmwda.gov.uk, retrieved 8 February 2008
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Minerals and Waste development planning, oldham.gov.uk, retrieved 8 February 2008[dead link]
- United Utilities (17 April 2007), Oldham, unitedutilities.com, retrieved 8 February 2008
- United Utilities (17 April 2007), Dove Stone Reservoirs, unitedutilities.com, retrieved 8 February 2008
- Allen 1985, p. 79.
- Allen 1985, p. 107.
- Allen, George (1985) , Shaw Church in By-gone Days, York: Coultas & Volans
- Aspin, Chris (1981), The Cotton Industry, Shire, ISBN 0-85263-545-1
- Ballard, Elsie (1986) , A Chronicle of Crompton (2nd ed.), Royton: Burnage Press, OCLC 59029894
- Brownbill, John; Farrer, William (1911), A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5, Victoria County History, ISBN 978-0-7129-1055-2
- Crompton Urban District Council (1959), Crompton Urban District: Official Guide and Traders' Directory, Jones & Brooks
- Gurr, Duncan; Hunt, Julian (1998), The Cotton Mills of Oldham, Oldham Education & Leisure, ISBN 0-902809-46-6
- Hanyes, Hannah (2004), Rochdale Photographic Memories, Francis Frith Collection, ISBN 1-85937-846-3
- Hunt, Julian; Stott, Frances (1988), Looking Back at Crompton, Oldham Education & Leisure, ISBN 0-902809-17-2
- Lewis, Samuel (1848), A Topographical Dictionary of England, Institute of Historical Research, ISBN 978-0-8063-1508-9
- Magee, Rob (1988), A History of Crompton and Shaw Pubs, Neil Richardson, ISBN 1-85216-030-6
- Rathbone, Peter (2000), The Lives of the People of Crompton, Lancashire 1580–1700, Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society
- Sellers, Gladys (1991), Walking the South Pennines, Cicerone Press, ISBN 978-1-85284-041-9
- Stott, Frances (1996), The Changing Face of Crompton, Oldham Education & Leisure, ISBN 0-902809-38-5
- Wells, Jeffrey (2002), The Oldham Loop part one: Manchester Victoria to Shaw and Crompton, Foxline, ISBN 978-1-870119-68-9
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Shaw and Crompton.|
- www.genuki.org, information about Crompton at GENUKI.
- Crompton: from the Normans to the Tudors A comprehensive historical reference site.
- www.dunwoodpark.com, Home page of local park.