Tonge, Greater Manchester

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Tonge is located in Greater Manchester
Tonge shown within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SD733094
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOLTON
Postcode district BL2
Dialling code 01204
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
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Greater Manchester
53°34′50″N 2°24′18″W / 53.580563°N 2.405073°W / 53.580563; -2.405073Coordinates: 53°34′50″N 2°24′18″W / 53.580563°N 2.405073°W / 53.580563; -2.405073

Tonge is an outlying area of Bolton, in Greater Manchester, England. The name is supposed to be derived from the Old English "tang" or "twang" meaning a fork in a river.[1] Tonge comprises two areas, namely Tonge Fold and Tonge Moor. Tonge Fold sits upon the River Tonge, a region of whose banks is a geological site of special scientific interest (SSSI).[2][3]

Historically a part of Lancashire, it was once part of the township of Tonge with Haulgh.[4] By the end of the 19th century Tonge was home to a coal mine.[5]


Tonge is one of the most economically deprived areas in the UK. In the latest Index of Multiple Deprivation this area was ranked 6,102 out of 32,482 in England, where 1 was the most deprived and 32,482 the least.[6]


There are three primary schools in Tonge. These are Moorgate Country Primary School,[7] Tonge Moor County Primary School[8] and Castle Hill Primary School.[9] Tonge does not have any secondary schools within its borders, though schools like Canon Slade, Turton School and Sharples School are popular choices around the area.


A noteworthy building in Tonge is Hall i' th' Wood, an early 16th-century manor house, and once the home of Samuel Crompton in the 18th century. The building was bought by William Lever (later Lord Leverhulme) in 1899, and after it was restored, he gave it to Bolton Corporation in 1900.[4]


  1. ^ A Bolton website
  2. ^ "Tonge River Section citation sheet" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2006-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Map of River Tonge Section SSSI". Nature on the Map. Retrieved 2006-10-27. 
  4. ^ a b Farrer, William; Brownbill, J., eds. (1911). "Tonge with Haulgh". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5. British History Online. pp. 255–260. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  5. ^ 1896 coal mines list,, retrieved 2009-12-06 
  6. ^ UK Local Area Website
  7. ^ Moorgate primary school government profile
  8. ^ Tonge Moor Primary school government profile
  9. ^ Castle Hill primary school government profile