Werneth, Greater Manchester
Booth House is the former headquarters of the Platt Brothers
Werneth shown within Greater Manchester
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Werneth also includes the area known as Freehold which is located between Werneth Park and Oldham's border with Chadderton at Block Lane.
The name Werneth is very ancient and derives from a Celtic personal name identical to the Gaulish vernetum, the survival of placenames derived from Celtic personal names is very rare in England outside Cornwall.
During the reign of Henry III of England, Alwardus de Aldholme (Oldham) is referred to as holding land in Vernet (Werneth). The territory of Oldham was ruled by Alwardus's family from Werneth Hall, which still stands just north of Werneth Park.
Lying within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire since the early 12th century, Werneth was recorded in 1212 as being one of 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 Crompton, Glodwick, Oldham and Sholver. Werneth later formed part of the township of Oldham, within the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, in the hundred of Salford.
Joseph Jones of Wallshaw Mill,was the first Alderman to be elected for the Werneth Ward of Oldham council. He was elected by the Conservative council but was "elbowed" out in 1852 after which he retired to Severn Stoke in Worcestershire.
Platt Brothers and the Industrial Revolution
Werneth has long existed as an industrial district, and in the 19th century was used almost exclusively by the Platt Bros. of Oldham, the large engineering firm of the former cotton spinning industry prevalent in Oldham. The Platt Brothers business headquarters formed the basis of the now closed Oldham Werneth railway station.
- Bateson, Hartley (1949), A Centenary History of Oldham, Oldham County Borough Council, ISBN 5-00-095162-X
- Brownbill, J; William Farrer (1911), A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5, Victoria County History, ISBN 978-0-7129-1055-2
- Criddle, Byron; Waller, Robert (2002), Almanac of British Politics, Great Britain: Routledge, ISBN 0-415-26833-8
- wernethischanging.co.uk, website about the urban renewal of Werneth.
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