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Garden Suburb, Oldham

Coordinates: 53°31′16″N 2°07′12″W / 53.521°N 2.120°W / 53.521; -2.120
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Garden Suburb
Garden Suburb is located in Greater Manchester
Garden Suburb
Garden Suburb
Location within Greater Manchester
OS grid referenceSD921027
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOLDHAM
Postcode districtOL8
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°31′16″N 2°07′12″W / 53.521°N 2.120°W / 53.521; -2.120

Garden Suburb is an area of Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, 1.9 miles to the south of the town centre, contiguous with Hollins, Copster Hill, Hollinwood and Limeside.


Prior to 1880, the area now built upon by the Garden Suburb and an adjoining area known as Hollins Green lying under Copster Hill (now part of Copster Park) lay in Chadderton (Detached), which, as its name implies, was a detached area or exclave of Chadderton township. Boundary changes from 1880 saw the area absorbed into the town of Oldham.[1]

On 7 August 1909 the Garden Suburb, off Hollins Road, was officially opened with the first gala ceremony.[2]

The Suburbs, as they are known, grew out of the garden suburb movement of the south.[2]

The oasis of winding streets with a deliberate country lane feel, gardens, trees, and verges, was intended as an alternative to terrace houses.[2]

Garden Suburb was the idea of Mary Higgs, founder of the Beautiful Oldham Society.[3] She was impressed by Hampstead Garden Suburb in London.[2] The first woman Oldham councillor, Dame Sarah Lees, sold land near Hollins cheaply, A co-operative limited company was formed to build 700 houses with affordable rents. By 1914, only 183 houses were let, but the initiative led to the creation of 400 homes being sold rather than rented.[2]

They were described as light and airy, well built, of artistic appearance, with a kitchen and good range, and a pantry.[2]

Werneth Golf Club[edit]

Founded in 1909, this once semi-moorland course has several tree-lined fairways and many bunkers. The course is set in 62 acres making it one of the smallest 18 hole courses in the North West.[4] The club house is on Green Lane.


First Greater Manchester provides the following bus services along Hollins Road:

180 providing services to Greenfield via Oldham and to Manchester via Failsworth.

184 to Huddersfield via Oldham and Uppermill and to Manchester via Failsworth.[5]

Stagecoach Manchester provides service 76 to Oldham and to Manchester via Limeside and Newton Heath.[6]


  1. ^ "A History of the County of Lancaster - British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "100 years of life in the Suburb". www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk.
  3. ^ Matthew, H. C. G.; Harrison, B., eds. (23 September 2004), "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/38523, retrieved 5 August 2023
  4. ^ Administrator. "Werneth Golf Club - Home". www.wernethgolfclub.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Timetables - Greater Manchester - First Bus". First Bus.
  6. ^ "Time table" (PDF). tis-kml-stagecoach.s3.amazonaws.com.