Royton Urban District

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Royton Town Hall
 • 1911 2,147 acres (8.69 km2)
 • 1961 2,148 acres (8.69 km2)
 • 1901 14,811
 • 1931 16,689
 • 1971 20,394
 • Created 1863
 • Abolished 1974
 • Succeeded by Metropolitan Borough of Oldham
Status Local Government District 1863–1894
Urban district 1894–1974
 • HQ Royton Town Hall
Royton Coat of Arms.png

Royton was, from 1863 to 1974, a local government district in Lancashire, England which covered the modern-day town of Royton, and its suburbs and districts.

It covered a significant area to the north-west of the County Borough of Oldham, and formed part of the Oldham parliamentary constituency (abolished in 1950).


The township of Royton historically lay in the large parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham.[1] In 1863 Royton Local Government District was created when the township adopted the Local Government Act 1858.[2] A local board was formed to govern the town. In 1879 the district was enlarged by the addition of part of Thornham township. The Local Government Act 1894 reconstituted the area as an urban district, and Royton Urban District Council replaced the local board. The urban district was divided into five wards: Dogford, Dryclough, Haggate, Heyside, and Thornham, with each ward returning three councillors to the fifteen-member council.[3] The only change to boundaries was in 1933, when the Lancashire (Manchester and District) Review Order added a small area from the neighbouring Municipal Borough of Middleton.[4]

In 1974 Royton Urban District was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 and its former area transferred to Greater Manchester to form part of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham.


  1. ^ "Greater Manchester Gazetteer". Greater Manchester County Record Office. Places names - O to R. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "No. 22780". The London Gazette. 16 October 1863. p. 4935. 
  3. ^ William Farrer and J Brownbill (editors) (1911). "The parish of Prestwich with Oldham". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5. British History Online. Retrieved 29 July 2008. 
  4. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS Project (2004). "Royton UD through time. Census tables with data for the Local Government District". A vision of Britain through time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 29 July 2008. 

Coordinates: 53°36′N 2°06′W / 53.6°N 2.1°W / 53.6; -2.1