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Afghan Street, in Derker
Derker is located in Greater Manchester
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53°32′56″N 2°05′50″W / 53.549°N 2.0973°W / 53.549; -2.0973Coordinates: 53°32′56″N 2°05′50″W / 53.549°N 2.0973°W / 53.549; -2.0973

Derker is an area of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England. It lies in north-central Oldham, close to the boundary with Royton.


Historically a part of Lancashire, Derker was recorded as a place of residence in 1604 with the name Dirtcar.[1] During the Industrial Revolution, Derker sprouted 5 mills; 4 of which were cotton, which brought with it terraced housing to house the workers of these mills. A number of these early houses had fallen into a state of disrepair prompting the Housing Market Renewal Initiative.

Granville Mill met a sour end when it was destroyed by fire in 1999.[2] All of the mills have now been demolished either as a part of the housing market renewal scheme or converted into industrial units.

In the 2000s, Derker had terraced houses "unsuited to modern needs" according to the Housing Market Renewal Initiative.[3] This was opposed and legally challenged by local residents.[4] who have lobbied Parliament to protest at the demolitions.[5] The then local MP Phil Woolas opposed the demolitions.[6]

In 2008 the challenge was rejected, and plans to begin regeneration took place.[7] However, with the switch to the Conservative government in 2010, the funding for the Housing Market Renewal Initiative ceased.[8] But as of 2012 private funding was sought by Oldham Council and plans to start building houses in Derker were announced in 2012, with the contract being awarded to Keepmoat housing[9]


Derker is next to the Greenacres, Higginshaw and Mumps areas of Oldham.[10] It is approximately 1 mile away from Oldham town centre, and 4 miles away from the picturesque villages of Saddleworth. It is 2 miles away from pitch and putt in Denshaw.


The 81 bus passes regularly through Derker. Derker also has a Metrolink station, Derker Metrolink Station, which opened in December 2012. The station was a former railway station, part of the Oldham Loop Line that was de-commissioned in 2009 to make way for the new Metrolink system.


Stoneleigh Park is a public park occupying about nine hectares. The site has ornamental gardens and sports facilities, with a pavilion, a playground, two bowling greens and tennis courts, as well as a senses garden, teen shelters and floodlit multi-games courts. The site was bought by Oldham Council in 1933 and opened as a public park in 1938. It has regularly won Green Flag Awards since 2001.

Friends of Stoneleigh Park, originally set up in 1992, was reformed in 2007 through a partnership involving Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale, Community Links and a committed group of residents.

The park facilities listed are;

Derker is home to the gym of former super middleweight boxer Eric Noi who was nominated in 2010 for BeMOBO award for his work in the community and is also home to Oldham Cricket Club who play in the Central Lancashire Cricket League.

Notable people[edit]

Bernard Cribbins, an English Actor, was born in Derker


  1. ^ Bateson, Hartley (1949). A Centenary History of Oldham. Oldham County Borough Council. ISBN 5-00-095162-X. 
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  3. ^ Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder. "Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder; Derker". Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Residents fight demolition plans". BBC News. 6 August 2004. 
  5. ^ "March against demolishing homes". BBC News. 8 April 2005. 
  6. ^ "News - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
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  10. ^ "OldhamArea" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2007-11-11.