Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale
The Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester in North West England. It is named after its largest town, Rochdale, but spans a far larger area which includes the towns of Middleton, Heywood, Littleborough and Milnrow, and the village of Wardle.
Borough of Rochdale
Number One Riverside, Rochdale
Rochdale shown within Greater Manchester and England
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|Ceremonial county||Greater Manchester|
|Admin HQ||Rochdale (Town Hall)|
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Metropolitan borough|
|• Governing body||Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Cllr. Ian Duckworth|
|• MPs:||Tony Lloyd (L)|
Liz McInnes (L)
|• Council Leader||Cllr. Allen Brett|
|• Total||61.4 sq mi (159 km2)|
|• Total||218,500 (Ranked 79th)|
|• Density||3,521/sq mi (1,359/km2)|
| • Ethnicity |
(United Kingdom Estimate 2006) 
11.4% S.Asian or mixed
1.4% Black or mixed
0.8% Chinese or other
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|Area code(s)||0161 / 01706|
|ONS code||00BQ (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
The borough was formed in 1974 as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 and is an amalgamation of six former local government districts. It was originally proposed that the borough include the neighbouring town of Bury and disclude Middleton; Bury however went on to form the administrative centre for the adjacent Metropolitan Borough of Bury.
The borough, which lies directly north-northeast of the City of Manchester, has a population of 206,500, and although most parts are highly industrialised and densely populated, contiguous with one of the United Kingdom's major cities, some of the borough consists of rural open space, for the most part due the territory in the eastern half stretching across Blackstone Edge and the Pennine hills.
The borough, which is the largest such borough of Greater Manchester, was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the former county borough of Rochdale and, from the administrative county of Lancashire, the municipal boroughs of Heywood and Middleton, along with the urban districts of Littleborough, Milnrow and Wardle.
Showing former status (prior to 1974)
- White British - 176,800
- White Irish - 2,994
- White Other - 2,097
- Asian or Asian British: Pakistani - 15,829
- Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi - 3,594
- Asian or Asian British: Other Asian - 956
- Black British - 1,571
- Chinese or Other - 1,200
- Mixed White and Asian - 900
- Mixed White and Black - 1,100
- Mixed Other - 400
The table below details the population change since 1801, including the percentage change since the last available census data. Although the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale has only existed 1974, figures have been generated by combining data from the towns, villages, and civil parishes that would later be constituent parts of the borough.
|Population growth in Rochdale since 1801|
|Source: Vision of Britain|
The Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale has formal twinning arrangements with six places. Three were originally twinned with a place within the Metropolitan Borough boundaries prior to its creation in 1974.
|Country||Place||County / District / Region / State||Originally twinned with||Date|
|France||Tourcoing||Nord-Pas de Calais||County Borough of Rochdale||1956|
|Germany||Peine||Niedersachsen||Municipal Borough of Heywood||1967|
|Germany||Bielefeld||Nordrhein-Westfalen||County Borough of Rochdale||1953|
|Pakistan||Sahiwal||Punjab||Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale||1988|
|Ukraine||Lviv||Lviv||Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale||1992|
|Bangladesh||Sylhet||Sylhet Division||Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale||2009|
- Clark, David M. (1973). "Greater Manchester Votes: A Guide to the New Metropolitan Authorities". Redrose.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rochdale.|
- www.rochdale.gov.uk, Rochdale Council.
- www.investinrochdale.co.uk/, Rochdale Development Agency - information on the borough, its economy and regeneration.
- www.pennineland.co.uk Development Arm of Rochdale Development Agency (RDA) Uniting Private & Public Sector to support the Regeneration of Rochdale Borough.
- www.statsandmaps.co.uk Stats and Maps is the Rochdale Borough statistics and maps website. It is a shared evidence based that provides quick and easy on-line access to data, information, and intelligence about the borough of Rochdale, and aims to meet the needs of the local community, LSP partners, and the general public.