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Coldhurst (or more rarely Cold Hurst) is an area of Oldham, and an electoral ward of the wider Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England. At the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, it had a population of 11,935,[1] increasing to 13,201 at the 2011 Census.[2] The electoral ward spans most of Oldham's town centre,[3] although the name Coldhurst conventionally applies to the area immediately north of the centre. The district of Westwood and a small adjoining part of Chadderton in the Busk area also lie within the Coldhurst ward district.

Horsedge Street, Coldhurst.jpg
Horsedge Street in Coldhurst
Coldhurst is located in Greater Manchester
Location within Greater Manchester
Population13,201 (2011 Census)
• Density58.1
OS grid referenceSD921058
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOLDHAM
Postcode districtOL1
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
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Greater Manchester
53°32′56″N 2°07′07″W / 53.548981°N 2.118491°W / 53.548981; -2.118491Coordinates: 53°32′56″N 2°07′07″W / 53.548981°N 2.118491°W / 53.548981; -2.118491

Historically a part of Lancashire, Coldhurst was formerly a chapelry within the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, in the Salfordshire hundred.[4]

An old hall existed in the locality, belonging to Abram Crompton, esq, which gave its name to Crompton Street.

Coldhurst is said to have been the scene of an action in the English Civil War, in which the parliamentarians were defeated.[4]

Following the Industrial Revolution, Coldhurst was the site of considerable industry and commerce, including coal mining, cotton spinning and hat manufacture.[4]

Coldhurst is the home of a significant community of South Asian (particularly Bangladeshi) heritage.[1] 37% of the population is non-white and most of the white residents live in "bleak council developments".[3] In 2001, Coldhurst was in the 5% most deprived wards in the United Kingdom.[5]

A photograph of Coldhurst during the Victorian era was used as part of the "Made of Manchester" promotion of the home strip worn by Manchester United F.C. for the 2012-13 season.[6]



  1. ^ a b United Kingdom Census 2001. "Coldhurst (Ward)". Retrieved 2007-04-07.
  2. ^ "Oldham ward population 2011". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Criddle 2002, p. 602.
  4. ^ a b c British History Online (1848). "'Cold-Ashby - Coley' A Topographical Dictionary of England". Victoria County History. Retrieved 2007-04-07.
  5. ^ David Ritchie (2001-12-11). "The Ritchie Report" (PDF). Oldham Independent Review. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-04-07.
  6. ^ Keegan, Mike (2012-05-16). "United's kit Made of Manchester? Actually that's Oldham..." Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2012-11-04.