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Old 09-01-2015, 07:41 PM   #7
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Atherton (pop. 20,300) is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester, England and historically a part of Lancashire. It is 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Wigan, 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Leigh, and 10.7 miles (17.2 km) northwest of Manchester.. For about 300 years from the 17th century Atherton was referred to as Chowbent, which was frequently shortened to Bent, the town's old nickname..The Chow – also recorded as Chew, Cholle and Chowl – family were tenants of the Athertons living at the valley by Chanters Brook..The manor was held by the Atherton family from the de Botelers, whose chief manor was at Warrington..In 1715, during the Jacobite Uprising the supporters of the Old Pretender were marching on Preston...

Atherton, along with neighbouring Shakerley, was associated with coal mining and nail manufacture..Coal had been mined for several hundred years in numerous shallow shafts and adits, but took on greater importance when in 1776 Robert Vernon Atherton leased the coal rights to Thomas Guest from Leigh and John Fletcher from Bolton..The cotton mills grew out of a cottage spinning and weaving industry that was widespread across the district. As industrialisation gathered pace, local weavers felt threatened by the advent of powered looms, and in April 1812 a mob smashed the machines and burnt down a new factory, Westhoughton Mill, in neighbouring Westhoughton. For this, the Luddites, 3 men and a boy of 14, were tried at Lancaster Assizes and hanged..Howe Bridge is in the Leigh constituency represented by Andrew Burnham..There have been 3 chapels or churches on the site of the Parish Church of St John the Baptist.. A chapel was built in 1645 by John Atherton. It is sometimes referred to as the Old Bent Chapel..Atherton is policed by the Greater Manchester Police force from Atherton Police Station, which covers Atherton, Tyldesley, Astley and Mosley Common, it is one of 5 subdivisions within the Wigan division.. It is part of the L division, which covers the entirety of Wigan borough...Atherton's climate is generally temperate, like the rest of Greater Manchester..Most shops front onto Market Street and date from late Victorian times...
Once a slave always a slave I suppose..
Originally Posted by andy1033 View Post
Why does op think they exist?
JUst Like you do not exist typing/posting on this thread..., you're out of your depth.. I regard this report as alarmist, irresponsible and lacking sufficient evidence..Don't think I don't know what's goin' on Preston...

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