Historic county of Yorkshire
The village together with the others in Saddleworth were part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until the local government reorganisation of 1974 when they were placed in the Oldham metropolitan borough in the Greater Manchester metropolitan county. Thus historic Yorkshire accounts for just over half the land area of the metropolitan borough based in Oldham, a town historically part of Lancashire.
Uppermill is 4 miles east-north-east of Oldham, 7 miles south-east of Rochdale, 9 miles west-south-west of
Saddleworth's part in Yorkshire life can be traced back to at least the Middle Ages. The area still displays white roses on boundary signs at the edge of the parish and Yorkshire Day continues to be celebrated on August 1 each year.
Uppermill nestles in the valley of the upper part of the River Tame beneath the rugged moors of the Pennines and is at the edge of the
The rich history of the area, with relics of the Bronze Age and Roman times, can be traced through the Saddleworth Museum in Uppermill as well as by visiting some of the historic sites themselves. The village has a more recent history of woollen spinning and weaving and woollen and cotton textile mills, some pre-dating the industrial revolution of the Victorian era. Today though, many of the remaining old mills have been put to new uses, including residential conversions. The area is also one of upland farming.
Uppermill has also been an important place on historic trans-Pennine routes. Many historic routes can be discovered in the area, from the forts at Castleshaw which were on the Roman route between Chester and York, to pack-horse trails across the hills.
Later the railway followed the canal through the moors in parallel railway tunnels, three of which were constructed over the years, the first completed in 1848. Only the double-track tunnel of 1894 is used today.
Uppermill did at one time have its own railway station, but it was on the Micklehurst loop, a parallel line built at the eastern side of Uppermill, while the main line ran down the western side. It was built principally to provide extra capacity for goods traffic between the tunnels at Diggle and Stalybridge. That line closed in the 1960s, but
The Saddleworth Rushcart Festival is an annual event in Uppermill and the Saddleworth area which has been revived in recent years by the Saddleworth Morris Men. Its history stems from the carts of rushes taken to church to insulate the floors in winter, a practice apparently stamped out at St Chad's Church at Uppermill around 1821, a few years before the church was rebuilt. Parading rushcarts, however, continued as a festival.
Uppermill has a Post Office branch in High Street.
Uppermill has pharmacies.
The village has a selection of pubs.
The village has cafes, pubs with good food, restaurants, fish and chips and takeaways.
A community toilet scheme operates within the opening hours of certain premises. Details can be found on the Saddleworth Parish Council website.
The River Tame passes beneath a bridge in High Street, Uppermill.
Uppermill is on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
CoE in Saddleworth web pages.
Uppermill also has other thriving congregations:
Sacred Heart and St William Catholic Church is in High Street.
Uppermill Methodist Church is in High Street
Uppermill Methodist Church website.
Ebenezer Congregational Church is in School Street.
Uppermill Football Club has teams for all ages.
Uppermill FC official website.
Uppermill Cricket Club are members of the Pennine Cricket League and play at Leafields, Uppermill.
Uppermill Cricket Club web page.
The museum, in an attractive setting beside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, reopened in September 2016 after a year-long refurbishment. The improved galleries host a variety of displays including local items such as the Dobcross Loom and features on local people, costumes, wartime, architecture, farming, textiles and other industries, archeology and geology.
Saddleworth Museum and Gallery website.
Places to visit
Brownhill Countryside Centre
Wool Road, DobcrossThe centre is alongside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal near to where it crosses the River Tame, less than a mile north of the centre of Uppermill. It is has a nature garden access by ramped walkway and features woodland, meadow and pond habitats. There is also a gazebo and bird hide. The centre has a picnic site, cafe and upstairs countryside displays and information.
Castleshaw Roman FortsFootpath access. Nearest parking at Waterworks Road, off A62 Huddersfield Road, near
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Dove Stone ReservoirBank Lane, Greenfield
Dove Stone Reservoir and the adjoining Yeoman Hey Reservoir is a local beauty spot in the Chew Valley with spectacular scenery around the reservoirs and woodland plantations at the edge of the Peak District National Park. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds runs a reserve and trails in partnership with reservoir managers United Utilities. Dovestone Reservoir has a sailing club and an orienteering course. For the more adventurous there are paths and tracks to reach wilder open access moorland with dramatic cliffs and rocks. There is a pay and display car park and toilets at the reservoir run by Oldham Council.
Standedge Tunnel & Visitor CentreWaters Road, Marsden
At the eastern end of the Standedge Canal Tunnel, about 6 miles north-east of Uppermill, The Standedge Visitor Centre at Tunnel End, Marsden, tells the history of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the building of Britain's longest and deepest canal tunnel, the three-and-a-quarter mile long Standedge Tunnel on the highest stretch of canal in the country. An exhibition centre shows the work which went into the opening of the tunnel in 1811 and how goods were propelled through the tunnel by leggers laying on the boat roof and walking on the tunnel sides or roof. There is also a children's play area and the opportunity to travel deep into the tunnel on a guided narrow boat or to relax at the Watersedge cafe beside the tunnel. The centre hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Marsden can be reached by bus from Uppermill, by train between Greenfield and Marsden stations, by car or walking a moorland route. The visitor centre is about half-a-mile along the canal towpath from the station. The visitor centre is managed by the Canal & River Trust.
Peak District National ParkThe wide and vast area of the Peak District National Park starts around half-a-mile to the east of Uppermill. The National Park stretches from Yorkshire into Derbyshire and beyond. For more details see our
GreenfieldGreenfield station is at the edge of the neighbouring village of
Northern - Greenfield Station and departure information at Northern website.
Greenfield station is managed by Northern. Service operator is TransPennine Express.
Bus servicesBuses run through the centre of Uppermill and include services to Huddersfield, Oldham and Manchester as well as to other villages in the Saddleworth area.
Road travelThe busy
Emergency servicesGreater Manchester Police.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
Civil parish councilSaddleworth Parish Council
Saddleworth Parish Council is the civil parish council for Uppermill and the surrounding villages of the former Saddleworth Urban District Council area, which itself closely matched a 'township' area tracing its history back to the Saxon period. Saddleworth covers 29.3 square miles, a large area compared with most civil parishes. The council's main activities include managing Saddleworth Civic Hall. It also manages the Saddleworth Cemetery, considers planning applications, supports local interest groups and special projects such as creating walking trails, installing boundary signs and organising Saddleworth in Bloom and Saddleworth Illumination competitions. The council has 20 members elected each four years. The council meets at the Civic Hall in Uppermill.
Saddleworth Parish Council website.
District authorityOldham Council
Uppermill and other villages in the Saddleworth area of the former West Riding of Yorkshire were linked with the Lancashire town of Oldham and its surrounding towns and villages in the local government reorganisation of 1974.
Surprisingly around half the area of the modern metropolitan borough of Oldham is of Yorkshire rather than Lancashire origin. Oldham is one of the 10 boroughs of the Greater Manchester metropolitan county formed in 1974, these being typically about one-third the size of the metropolitan boroughs of West and South Yorkshire.
Councillors are elected across 20 wards with three councillors representing each ward, one elected each year except on the fourth year. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.
Oldham Council website.
The political composition after the May 2019 election was:
County strategic authorityGreater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester was first formed as a metropolitan county in 1974 incorporating a little of the West Riding of Yorkshire, that being the Saddleworth Urban District which was placed within the Oldham metropolitan district. Oldham is one of ten large metropolitan district councils of Greater Manchester, the others being Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. While the original county council was abolished, the councils have continued to work together on county-wide issues and since 2011 that has been through a Combined Authority. The authority is run by the leaders of the 10 councils with the addition, since 2017 of an elected Mayor of Greater Manchester. The authority works with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve what in recent years has been dubbed a city-region.
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Mayor of Greater Manchester
The elected Mayor of Greater Manchester has taken over responsibility of the role previously carried out by the elected Police and Crime Commissioner although a Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire is appointed to work alongside the mayor to conduct that role.
GMCA & Mayor of Greater Manchester website.
Fire AuthorityThe Mayor of Greater Manchester
Previous run by an authority of councillors from the 10 districts of Greater Manchester, this role is also now the responsibility of the elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, although a Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire is appointed to work alongside the mayor to conduct that role.
GMCA & Mayor of Greater Manchester website.
National government regionNorth West England
Historic1900-1974: In the Saddleworth Urban District in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
1974-present: Within Oldham metropolitan district of the created county of Greater Manchester.