- Thornham, Greater Manchester
infobox UK place
country = England
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= Oldham West and Royton
post_town= OLDHAM / ROCHDALE
postcode_district = OL2 / OL16
dial_code= 0161 / 01706
static_image_caption=St John the Evangelist Church, Thornham
Historically a part of
Lancashire, Thornham was once a township within the extensive parish of Middleton. This township, which encompassed the outlying hamlets of Slattocks, Buersill Head and Tandle Hill, ceased to be following the Local Government Act 1894when it was divided between Middleton, Royton, and Rochdale.cite book |last=Brownbill|first=J|coauthors=William Farrer|title=A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5|publisher=Victoria County History|date=1911|pages=173-174|isbn=978-0712910552] A large part of this area was formerly known as Gravel Hole, owing to its mass pits of gravel. To this day, many maps still refer to Thornham by this name.
Lying within the historic county boundaries of
Lancashiresince the early 12th century, Thornham was a township in the ecclesiastical parish of Middleton and Oldham poor law Union. In 1879 part of the township was included in the area of the commissioners for the improvement of Middleton and Tonge townships, and in 1886 became part of the Municipal Boroughof Middleton. In 1879 other parts of the township were included in the Roytonand Castleton-by-Rochdale Local boards of health. In 1894 the township was dissolved and its area divided between Middleton, Royton Urban Districtand Castleton-by-Rochdale Urban District, with the latter district divided between the County Borough of Rochdaleand Municipal Borough of Heywood in the year 1900.
Thornham is served by "Thornham St. James Cof E Primary School" (which lies within the border of Royton and is thus administered by Oldham L.E.A) and "St John's CE Primary Thornham" (which lies within Rochdale, and thus administered by Rochdale L.E.A. [ [http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/system_pages/repositories/schools/st_johns_ce_primary_thornham.aspx St John's CE Primary Thornham - Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council ] ]
* [http://www.stjohnthornham.org.uk/ www.stjohnthornham.org.uk] , website for Thornham's parish church St John's.
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