Diggle, Greater Manchester

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Diggle is located in Greater Manchester
 Diggle shown within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SE017083
Civil parish Saddleworth
Metropolitan borough Oldham
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OLDHAM
Postcode district OL3
Dialling code 01457
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Oldham East and Saddleworth
List of places
Greater Manchester

Coordinates: 53°34′07″N 1°59′43″W / 53.5685°N 1.9952°W / 53.5685; -1.9952

Diggle is a village within the Saddleworth parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England.[1] The village is situated on the moorlands of the Pennine hills.

Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is located at one end of the recently restored Standedge Canal Tunnel, Britain's longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel. The Diggle Hotel can be found close to the end of the tunnel.

In the heart of the village there is the Diggle Chippy housed in a listed building, the Hanging Gate pub, a newsagent, and a post office/off-licence. The post office also acts as a general store. There is also a brass band club called the Diggle Band Club which regularly hosts band contests and concerts. There is also a bowling club.

There is also an Anglican church in the village, Kiln Green Church - as well as a Methodist church, Wrigley Mill (closed 2011). The local primary school caters for 200 children ages 4 to 11.

Recently the world renowned Saddleworth Whit Friday Band Contest has started to include Diggle since 2009 as one of the contests. The Diggle Blues Festival is an annual event that takes place in June. Started in 2010, nine bands use three venues and perform over a three-day weekend that allows people the opportunity to see every performance without charge.

Diggle is home to Diggle F.C., an FA registered amateur football club which plays its home games at Churchill Playing Fields, Uppermill. It competes in the Huddersfield and District Association Football League. There is also a village brass band.


The name "Diggle" comes from the Saxon word degle meaning "valley".[2] Like many of the Saddleworth villages, it traces its history back to a collection of hamlets.


A major railway line that connects Manchester to Huddersfield and Leeds runs through Diggle. There used to be a local railway station in the village, which opened in 1849, but it was one of many to go in the Beeching era, closing in 1963. However in recent years there has been talk from Northern Rail of them reopening the railway station which would ease congestion on Greenfield railway station. The nearest stations to Diggle are in Greenfield and Marsden in Yorkshire.

The only bus service that serves Diggle is the 184, which provides an hourly Monday–Saturday daytime service from the Old Station Turning in Diggle to Manchester via Dobcross, Uppermill and Oldham. There is also an additional hourly Monday–Saturday daytime and two-hourly Sunday daytime service between Huddersfield and Manchester, which runs along the A62 Huddersfield Road in Diggle.


Diggle has relatively low crime levels. During June, July and August 2011, there has been an increase in reported burglary. Most notably, offenders have been gaining access through insecure doors and windows, obtaining car keys, and stealing owners' cars away from their premises.


  1. ^ Greater Manchester Gazetteer, Greater Manchester County Record Office, Places names - D to F, archived from the original on 18 July 2011, retrieved 9 July 2007 
  2. ^ Bradbury, Joseph. Saddleworth Sketches, 1871.