New! Forums
New! Local Links
Welcome to Greater Manchester

Site Map

Our Hometown Sites

Hometown EnglandTM
Hometown CanadaTM
Hometown USA®
Hometown ForumsTM
Hometown CardsTM
Hometown Catalogs TM
Maineiac Jokes & GamesTM

Privacy Statement
Mission Statement
Values Statement
Company Profile
Press Releases
Contact Us

All pages Copyright © 2011
A2Z Computing Services, Inc..
All rights reserved.

Click to verify Better Business Bureau accreditation and to see a BBB report.

Select your town below for the fastest way to Community Information.

If your town isn't listed, let us know

If you have problems using the drop down list, then click here to use our site map.

Our hometown sites offer: Yellow Pages, Classified Ads, Guestbooks & Forums, Community Calendars, History and Trivia.

These Community Websites are part of a network of over 11,000 represented within the Hometown England Network of Communities. We rely upon and encourage all members of the community to participate in the development of these pages. So come on in and visit with us, see what our great communities have to offer and if you can't find what you are looking for, let us know by posting a question in our Community Forums so that a member of that hometown can reply to you or email you the answer.

Check out our new Local Link Directory and
Add Your Site
Click Here To Learn More!

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester's Location within England
Greater Manchester's Location within England

Greater Manchester's Districts

  1. City of Manchester
  2. Stockport
  3. Tameside
  4. Oldham
  5. Rochdale
  6. Bury
  7. Bolton
  8. Wigan
  9. City of Salford
  10. Trafford

Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in England established in 1974 which covers an area roughly encompassing the conurbation surrounding the City of Manchester. It is situated in North West England. The metropolitan county consists of ten metropolitan boroughs, including the City of Manchester and the City of Salford.

It borders with the ceremonial counties of Cheshire (including Warrington), Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, Lancashire (including Blackburn with Darwen) and Merseyside.

As well as Manchester city centre, the county includes major centres such as Bolton, Oldham, Salford, Stockport and Wigan.

Greater Manchester is not entirely built-up. Although the City of Manchester forms a conurbation along with Salford, Trafford and Stockport, other towns and boroughs, such as Bury and Wigan are clearly separate.

Status Ceremonial and Metropolitan county (no county council)
Origin 1974
Region North West England
- Total
Ranked 39th
1,276 km²
ONS code 2A
- Total (2004 est.)
- Density
Ranked 3rd
1,990 / km²
Ethnicity 91.1% White
5.6% S.Asian
1.2% Afro-Carib.
Members of Parliament Hazel Blears, Graham Brady, Andrew Burnham, David Chaytor, Ann Coffey, David Crausby, Jim Dobbin, Paul Goggins, Andrew Gwynne, David Heyes, Beverley Hughes, Mark Hunter, Brian Iddon, Gerald Kaufman, Barbara Keeley, Ruth Kelly, John Leech, Ivan Lewis, Tony Lloyd, Ian McCartney, Michael Meacher, James Purnell, Paul Rowen, Ian Stewart, Graham Stringer, Andrew Stunell, Neil Turner, Phil Woolas

Local Government

Greater Manchester is divided into ten metropolitan boroughs, these are: Bolton, Bury, the City of Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, the City of Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

For the first twelve years after the county was created in 1974, the county had a two-tier system of local government, and the boroughs shared power with the Greater Manchester County Council.

However in 1986, along with five other metropolitan county councils and the Greater London Council, the Greater Manchester County Council was abolished, and most of its powers were devolved to the boroughs, which became effective unitary authorities.

Despite the abolition of the county council, the boroughs jointly administer some services on a county-wide basis. Including:

  • The Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, (GMPTE) which is responsible for planning and co-ordinating public transport across the county.
  • The Greater Manchester Police, who are overseen by a joint Police authority.
  • The Greater Manchester County Fire Service, who are administered by a joint "Fire and Civil Defence Authority".
  • The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

These are administered by joint-boards which are made up of councillors appointed from each of the ten boroughs.

The authorities of Greater Manchester are represented by the Association of Greater Manchester Local Authorities (AGMLA). Which meets to create a co-ordinated county-wide approach to many issues.

The boroughs jointly own the Manchester Airport Group which controls Manchester International Airport and several other UK airports. Other services are directly funded and managed by the local councils.

Greater Manchester is still a Ceremonial County with a Lord-Lieutenant, and is still recognised for statistical purposes.


Before 1974 the area of Greater Manchester was split between Cheshire and Lancashire with numerous parts being independent county boroughs. The area was informally known as 'SELNEC', for 'South East Lancashire North East Cheshire'. Also small parts of the West Riding of Yorkshire (around Saddleworth) and Derbyshire were covered.

SELNEC had been proposed by the Redcliffe-Maud Report of 1969 as a 'metropolitan area'. This had roughly the same northern boundary as today's Greater Manchester, but covered much more territory in north-east Cheshire - including Macclesfield and Warrington. It also covered Glossop in Derbyshire.

In 1969 a SELNEC Passenger Transport Authority was set up, which covered an area smaller than the proposed SELNEC, but different to the eventual Greater Manchester.

Although the Redcliffe-Maud report was rejected by the Conservative Party government after it won the 1970 general election, it was committed to local government reform, and accepted the need for a county based on Manchester. Its original proposal was much smaller than the Redcliffe-Maud Report's SELNEC, but further fringe areas such as Wilmslow, Warrington and Glossop were trimmed from the edges and included instead in the shire counties. Greater Manchester was eventually established in 1974.

Rejected Objects for Change

On May 25, 2004 the Boundary Committee for England published recommendations for systems of Unitary Authorities to be put to referendum as described under Subdivisions of England, but on Thursday 4 November 2004 the referendum for the North East decided by a margin of 78% to 22% against an elected regional assembly. On 8 November the Deputy Prime Minister announced "I will not therefore be bringing forward orders for referendums in either the North West, or Yorkshire and the Humber".

Places of Interest

  • Buckton Castle
  • Bramall Hall, Bramhall
  • Salford Quays, Salford
  • Smithills Hall
  • Wythenshawe Hall
  • Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Museum of the Manchester Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Park Bridge Heritage Centre
  • Old Trafford, home of Manchester United FC
  • Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club
  • Imperial War Museum North

The above article in gray is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia Article titled:


[an error occurred while processing this directive]