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Welcome to the Greater Manchester WikiProject. We are a user group dedicated to improving and expanding Wikipedia's coverage of articles related to Greater Manchester, England. We cover the cities of Manchester and Salford and the boroughs of Tameside, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan and Trafford.
- Our aims in the short term, are to achieve the following:
- Our aims in the mid-term, are to achieve the following:
- Develop all of our "Top-importance" articles towards GA/FA.
- Increase the number of members of the project to ensure we can cover a wide range of topics.
- Assess and review all relevant articles for quality, importance and progress.
- Our long term aims for the project are:
- Improving all Wikipedia articles that are concerned with Greater Manchester, including its history, geography, people, constructions and buildings, etc. etc.
- All relevant articles should be included in the Category:Greater Manchester or one of its subcategories.
- Become the leading WikiProject for the United Kingdom.
You don't need to be from Greater Manchester to help with this WikiProject. We welcome editors good with layout and prose, and non-Greater Mancunian editors who can point out when we've wrongly assumed we don't need to explain or define something for the reader, or failed to properly establish the context of an article. We ask that users be registered, and are familiar with Wikipedia's various policies.
For a list of members who have not edited Wikipedia since 1 January 2009, see list of inactive participants. Members are moved to the list if they have not made an edit to Wikipedia since 1 January 2009 as they are considered unlikely to return. If your name is on the list and you wish to return to the active participants list, please feel free to move your name. Members on the inactive list will no longer receive the WPGM newsletter.
- Add yourself to our list of participants here.
||Interests and specialist knowledge
||Any relevant printed sources available
||Manchester City Centre, South Manchester, University of Manchester
||Shaw and Crompton
||Greater Manchester, Oldham (and wider borough), civic history
||*Tradition in Action: The Historical Evolution of the Greater Manchester County, *Looking back at Crompton, *Cotton Mills of Oldham, *Textiles; It Happened Round Greater Manchester
||Manchester / Shropshire
||City of Manchester, University of Manchester, Manchester City Centre
|Mr Stephen* (talk)
||Stockport & South Manchester.
||Former resident of the area!
||Various bits and bobs, really!
||Architecture and buildings in the area
||Various Manchester City F.C. related books (list)
||Radcliffe, Greater Manchester
||Entertainment, the Bury borough
||Shaw and Crompton, Greater Manchester
||Withington, Greater Manchester / Greater London
||Manchester Academy, University of Manchester, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Withington, a few other bits and pieces
|Eric Corbett* (talk)
||The Trafford area
||Live in Greater Manchester.
||Manchester, Tameside, Economy of county.
||Manchester: A History by Alan Kidd (2006)
||Lived in Ramsbottom all my life.
||Ramsbottom and surrounding area, Bury, Rochdale
||Walkden, Bolton & Manchester.
||Prestwich most of my life, also lived in Shuttleworth for 8 years
||Local area around Prestwich, contributed articles on Kersal Moor and Drinkwater Park.
||Broughton and Cheetham Hill in Regency and Victorian Times by Monty Dobkin
||Interested primarily in Levenshulme. I'm a web designer, IT consultant, layout artist and amateur photographer. If it counts I'm also an ex-paramedic who used to work in the Manchester inner city area. Just started a total rewrite of the Belle Vue Zoo article.
||Bolton area, Stockport & Manchester / GMC Fire Brigades
||Trafford and Tameside
|Parrot of Doom* (talk)
||I grew up in Radcliffe. My main interest is local history, see my page for pages I've contributed to. I love cycling along canals and things, taking photographs as I go.
||I have a small collection of postcards of Flixton, Urmston, Davyhulme. One day I'll get around to uploading them all to Wikimedia Commons.
||Wigan, Abram, Leigh
||Grew up in Brooklands, now living in the USA
||South Manchester, Sale, Brooklands, William Hulme's Grammar School
|Mike Peel* (talk)
||University of Manchester
||University of Manchester as well as various articles on the buildings in Manchester
||Portrait of a University 1851-1951 by Charlton; A Portrait of the University of Manchester 1951-73, and the same for 1973-90, by David and Pullan respectively; The University at War: 1939-1946; Manchester and its region: A survey prepared for the meeting held in Manchester , August 29 to September 5, 1962 by the BAAS
||Wigan, Ashton-In-Makerfield, Wigan Athletic
||West Sussex (!)
||General copyediting and article improvement, incl. finding sources; transport (esp. railways and photos); spoken versions of articles
||Various railway books covering GM stations; anything available in Brighton & Hove or West Sussex Libraries
||Horwich, Bolton, Clifton, Rail and Road Transport
||South and Central Manchester
||Manchester's architecture, primarily Victorian and industrial buildings. (Nothing post-war).
||Stockport and Tameside, Shopping Centres and other Infrastructure related articles
||Manchester United (and related articles), Salford Red Devils (and related articles), other local sports and other interesting (and uninteresting!) subjects.
||Books? You mean you want me to read, too?
||Academic ivory tower
||Civic history and heraldry, municipal transport and other utilities
||Youngs' Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, which gives details of all parishes, local government areas, parliamentary constituencies and diocesan boundaries from Tudor times to 1974. Various books on civic heraldry, some with public domain images, Edwardian cigarette cards with borough arms, some books on public transport undertakings, access to full text of acts of parliament and various academic journals.
||Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester
||Architecture, mathematics, physics, geography, photography and local history
||Not a printed source, but a great place where you can obtain information about contemporary architecture developments in Manchester is the Manchester section of the SkyscraperCity forums
||Wigan, in particular football, Hindley and local area
||A number of Wigan Athletic publications
||Wigan Athletic, anything else Wigan and my occupation: Refereeing.
||Wigan, with Uncle Joe's under culture and the acknowledgement of the Warriors move from the DW Stadium.
||Transport history of Greater Manchester
||Several books on the area's transport history
|Anthony of the Desert* (talk)
||way down south in Rochester, Kent
||Cotton mill and List of mills in Tameside for example, Longdendale, and other districts just outside GMC that provide support for the city: water, labour, recreation.
||OS maps- and old second hand books
||Whitefield, L&Y Railway
||Various local histories, postcards etc
||Born Dukinfield now living in Norwich
||Dukinfield, Ashton Under Lyne, Tameside and Glossop
||Stockport and local government
||Official handbooks to most pre 1974 local authorities in Greater Manchester, plus hundreds from other parts of the United Kingdom
||Interested in history, old buildings, locations in South Greater Manchester. Can probably help in other areas too.
||None personally but I have easy access to a library
||Baguley, Greater Manchester
||Manchester United, Baguley and surrounding areas
||New York, USA, though interested in the Manchester area
||Heaton Chapel, Stockport
||Concentrations of wealth and other Socio-economic issues
||Tyldesley and neighbouring towns
||Various local history books
||Manchester and Greater Manchester
||Minoroty sports in the Greater Manchester area, especially ice hockey
||Former resident now in Paris, France
||Started Manchester Corporation Tramways, Cottonopolis, Picc-Vic tunnel, List of national radio programmes made in Manchester, 2ZY, loud'n'proud, Kiss 102, Travel to Work Area, Manchester Mayfield Station. Contributed to: Manchester Metrolink, History of Manchester, Transport in Manchester, Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, Greater Manchester County Council, Metropolitan borough, M postcode area, Media in Manchester, List of television shows set in Manchester, BBC Radio 1, Telephone exchange names and Second city of the United Kingdom
||Many transport reference books
|wisdom and effort* (talk)
||Science & Engineering achievements in Manchester, Manchester transport
||North Manchester and Bury MB
||maybe Governance, Transport (chiefly Light Rail) and GM tidbits.
||Planes, Radio, TV, Internet, web design, and general knowledge.
||Wigan, Local Transport, City Governance
||Lichfield but formerly of Whitefield
||Road passenger transport, railways
||Journal Editor of the Greater Manchester Transport Society that operates Greater Manchester's Museum of Transport. Access to the Museum's archives with many primary and secondary research resources.
||Canals Local History
||An ever changing selection of books relating to the area. Maps old and modern.
||Sport (Manchester City), architecture and buildings, media
||Aim to translate articles into Arabic Wikipedia
||A variety of information
||Moorside High School, The Swinton High School, St Peter's C of E Primary School and Swinton
|The Vintage Feminist* (talk)
||General local knowledge, politics and some theatre history.
||Use of local libraries and a fairly good idea where to find other information.
||Tameside, Greater Manchester
||Just interested in getting Manchester on the map(in Wiki)
Assessment and progress of articles
Below is a bot generated table of the assessment process of WikiProject Greater Manchester supported articles. See also Wikipedia:WikiProject Greater Manchester/Assessment. The stats are generated automatically every 2–3 days, but they can be updated manually by entering Greater_Manchester into the Category box here.
As of 18 October 2011, the proportion of all articles with a project banner assessed is:
97.5% assessed (estimate: some more article talk pages may still need a banner)
- Click here to see a monthly break down of the Project's progress.
Index · Statistics · Log
- Click here to see a categorised list of all articles flagged as needing attention.
Successes and examples
Former featured articles
Former good articles
Did you know? articles
- Opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway
- Pail closet
- Emmeline Pankhurst
- Parsley Peel
- Peel Park, Salford
- Isaac Perrins
- Peterloo Massacre
- Pike's Lane
- Platt Fields Park
- Port of Manchester
- Prince's Theatre, Manchester
- Samuel Rabin (artist)
- Church of St Edmund, Rochdale
- Rochdale Town Hall
- Ruby Cycle Co Ltd
- St Saviour's Church, Ringley
- St Philip's Church, Salford
- St Catharine's Church, Scholes
- Scout Moor Wind Farm
- Seashell Trust
- Shambles Square, Manchester
- Kathryn Stott
- Henry Taylor (swimmer)
- Theatre Royal, Manchester
- The Towers (Manchester)
- Harry Thorneycroft
- The Ting Tings
- Transit of Venus, 1639
- Turnpike trusts in Greater Manchester
- Tyldesley Coal Company
- Upper Brook Street Chapel, Manchester
- St Werburgh's Church, Warburton
- Charles White (physician)
- Wilmslow Road bus corridor
- The Witch Way
- Withington Community Hospital
- James Wood (minister)
Did you know?
We at Greater Manchester WikiProject think that Greater Manchester is an important area of the world, and worthy of encyclopedic recognition!
Users are encouraged to nominate eligible articles for the Did you know? section of the Main page.
There are many, many interesting facts about the Greater Manchester area as outlined below (note, each is verifiable with citation found within the article itself). You may wish to add your own trivia you find to this list:
Did you know?....
- St Mary's Church in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, England, a Grade II listed building, was built in the 16th century and houses a stone cross dating to the 11th century? Featured on the Did you know? section on December 21, 2007.
- Many of Manchester's Grade I listed buildings are Victorian, because of Manchester's growth during the Industrial Revolution? Featured on the Did you know? section on December 27, 2007.
- There are two separate churches dedicated to St Werburgh in the village of Warburton, Greater Manchester? Featured on the Did you know? section on December 27, 2007.
- Wythenshawe Aerodrome was Manchester's first purpose-built municipal airfield, but was closed after one year due to the completion of Barton Aerodrome? Featured on the Did you know? section on January 2, 2008.
- The astronomer William Crabtree of Broughton, Greater Manchester, was one of only two people known to have observed the first recorded transit of Venus in 1639. The other observer was his friend and correspondent Jeremiah Horrocks who was the only astronomer to have correctly predicted the event.
- John Dalton was the first person to describe colour vision deficiency in a paper to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, whilst working at the Manchester Academy, in 1794. Daltonism later became a common term for colour blindness.
- In 1841 Joseph Whitworth devised a standard for screw threads at his company in Openshaw that became the first nationally standardized system, British Standard Whitworth (BSW).
- Bury Castle in Bury was razed to the ground in 1485, 16 years after it was built, because its owner supported the losing side in the Wars of the Roses? Featured on the Did you know? section on 10 January, 2008.
- Manchester born, Mother Anne Lee (February 29, 1736 - September 8, 1784) was the leader of the band of Shakers; who emigrated from Manchester to Watervliet, New York due to persecution in 1774 and founded the Shaker movement in America.
- Greater Manchester has nine castles, of which five are Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Featured on the Did you know? section on 24 February, 2008.
- A study by the University of Salford concluded that the high density of high-rise buildings in Salford has "a dramatic influence on the region's weather patterns", in particular by encouraging drizzle? Featured on the Did you know? section on 27 February, 2008.
- Two of Manchester's oldest buildings in Shambles Square were physically moved twice – once in 1974 and again in 1999? Featured on the Did you know? section on 16 March, 2008.
- ...that the Upper Brook Street Chapel in Manchester, designed by Sir Charles Barry shortly before he designed the Palace of Westminster, is said to be the first neogothic Nonconformist chapel? Featured on the Did you know? section on 21 March, 2008.
- In 1806, Murrays' Mills in Ancoats, Manchester was the largest mill complex in the world? Featured on the Did you know? section on 29 March, 2008.
- ... that the turnpike trusts in Greater Manchester (milestone pictured) had a huge impact upon the way business was conducted around Manchester, England? Featured on the Did you know? section on 9 January 2009.
- ... that the Seashell Trust is the oldest charity for deaf children in the north-west of England? Featured on the Did you know? section on 16 January 2009.
- ... that the village of Worsley is centred around the coal mines that helped kickstart the industrial revolution in nearby Manchester? Featured on the Did you know? section on 30 January 2009.
- ... that Dr Charles White, co-founder of the Manchester Royal Infirmary, kept the mummified body of one of his patients in a room of his house for 55 years? Featured on the Did you know? section on 15 February 2009.
- ... that a series of innovative computers, including the first transistor computer and the world's fastest computer, were produced by a small team working at Manchester University between 1947 and 1977? Featured on the Did you know? section on 1 March 2009.
- ... that on 28 February 1828, dozens of people died when The Emma was launched on the River Irwell in Manchester? Featured on the Did you know? section on 4 May 2009.
- ... that Carrington Moss was used to dispose of Manchester's night soil, and was a Starfish site in World War II? Featured on the Did you know? section on 14 May 2009.
- ... that Greater Manchester bus route 192 was the first in the UK to have solar powered on-street ticket machines? Featured on the Did you know? section on 17 May 2009.
- ... that although Mellor hill fort is Iron Age in origin, artefacts possibly as old as 10,000 years have been discovered on the site, including a 4,000 year old amber necklace? Featured on the Did you know? section on 22 May 2009.
- ... that after the collapse of the Broughton Suspension Bridge in 1831, the British military introduced the order to "break step" when soldiers were crossing a bridge? Featured on the Did you know? section on 6 June 2009.
The following table shows useful, reliable sources that have been shared by our members to mutually improve the coverage of Greater Manchester. Websites listed here include primary, secondary and tertiary source material on everything from ancient history to contemporary economic statistics. Members may wish to refer to this section to gather material for developing pages.
- To add a new source to this list, click here.
|A select gazetteer of local government areas, Greater Manchester County
||A detailed gazetteer of townships, Urban districts and boroughs that today form Greater Manchester.
||Suitable for settlement type articles, and as a source about local government history and local government boundary changes.
|A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4
||Detailed local histories of most of Greater Manchester, as well as parts of Liverpool.
||Suitable for most locality/settlement articles. High quality source full of detailed facts and commentaries.
|Historical and Genealogical Information for the Region Anciently Known as the Salford Hundred
||This site exhibits information about the Salford Hundred, its townships, their history and related genealogical information. All of which is supported by a chronological list of events for the region.
||Suitable for most locality/settlement articles. Has some maps, etymologies and historical commentary.
||History of Greater Manchester's roads, from City of Manchester Plan 1945 - to the Greater Manchester Local Transport Plan 2.
||Suitable for material about transport infrastructure and history in Greater Manchester.
||Official site of GM Buses, including history and gallery.
||Suitable for material about transport infrastructure and history in Greater Manchester.
|A Vision of Britain Through Time
||A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.
||*History *Governance *Geography *Demography
||Suitable for most locality/settlement articles. High quality secondary source full of detailed facts and commentaries. Particularly useful for historic districts and their population.
||This site allows you to find detailed contemporary statistics within specific geographic areas, for example within a civil parish, or postcode area.
||Suitable for most locality/settlement articles. High quality primary source with in-depth analysis of data.
|A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848)
||Contains detailed historic topographical accounts of places, parishes and counties in England. Originally published in 1848 in four volumes, here given together digitally.
||*History *Geography *Geology
||Suitable for most locality/settlement articles. High quality, historic primary source.
||The official tourism website for Greater Manchester.
||*Economy *Tourism *Culture
||Suitable as a source about landmarks, places of interest and elements of the economic activity of Greater Manchester.
|The SELNEC Preservation Society
||Website principally involved with the cataloging and preservation of public passenger buses from the Greater Manchester area from 1968.
||Suitable only as a tertiary source for material about transport infrastructure and history in Greater Manchester.
||The Geograph British Isles project is an open source collection of geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of the British Isles. Contains images of Greater Manchester available for use on articles under the Creative Commons licence.
||Suitable for all articles related to the project.
|The Manchester Geographical Society
||Resources concerning local geography such as fieldwork guides, physical geography, transport geography, historical geography, canals etc. Also sells early copies of "The North West Geographer" journal and has later copies available for free download
||Suitable as source for a wide range of geographical material such as physical geography, transport history, use of urban space, impact of urbanisation etc.
|A Key to English Place Names
||A searchable index of place-names, their origin and possible meaning.
||Suitable as a source that offers suggestions what place names may mean for a given number of places.
|Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
||Authoritative biographies of important historical figures
||Used to be a subscription only site, but almost all of the GM boroughs now seem to have joined, so all you have to do is to enter your local library card number.
|Greater Manchester Lieutenancy Office)
||Website of the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.
||*History *Governance *Culture.
||Predominantly about the ceremonial post and its duties, but also some history and coverage about Greater Manchester as a whole.
|Manchester City Council 24 hour library
||Contains a good range of very useful sources including the Oxford English Dictionary, 200 years of archives of The Times, Encyclopaedia Brittanica material, British Standards Online, Naxos Music Library, Newsbank, Oxford Art Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford Language Dictionaries, Oxford Music Online, Oxford Reference, and others.
||A prime source of information. Free registration is required, the link gives details. For those with Firefox, the 'Sxipper' add-on will store your login details.
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