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- Denton is my home town, 5 miles east of Manchester, in the Greater Manchester Borough of Tameside.
- It takes its name from the Middle English Denu – “valley, dale” i.e. Denton = ‘valley-town’ or ‘dale-town’.
- It is bordered to the east and south by the river Tame, and the natural habitat of the Tame Valley.
- Originally part of Manchester, it has the postcode M34.
- Traditionally it was a mining and hatting town.
- It is best known for hatting. Some of the town’s hatting mills still stand and the ‘Tipping the Denton Linney’ statue can be found opposite Denton Town Hall, before the entrance to Victoria Park.
- The industry is also reflected in the name of pubs in Denton and Haughton Green: Jolly Hatters
- Denton is home to many churches, but 4 in particular stand out as landmarks:
- Christ Church – in the west of the town – built in 1853.
- St Lawrence’s – just south of the town centre – built in 1531.
- St Anne’s, Haughton – in the east – built in 1882.
- St Mary’s Haughton Green – in the south – built in 1871.
- The town has around 40 thousand residents
- It is represented by Labour councillors and a Labour MP
- Denton in twinned with Montigny le Bretonneux, which is near Paris, France.
- Its train station was featured in the first series of the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys because it is served by only one train service per week. The Saturday service from Stockport to Stalybridge.