April 1st marks 50 years since the creation of the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, via the Local Government Act.

Named for the River Tame, which runs through the borough, Tameside brings together a collection of towns, each with their own unique character and history.

Such is that unique character, that during the consultation process that found a name for the new borough, “Nine Towns” was suggested, only to lose out to Tameside, which beat the other shortlisted suggestion of Hartshead.

The history of the area that makes up Tameside stretches back around 10,000 years, with evidence of Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age activity all having been found.

The Roman Empire left its mark on the area with roads being built through Tameside to connect forts across the country with Mamucium (the fort that once sat in Castlefield.)

The Doomsday Book, effectively a census conducted by William the Conqueror when he came to power, split the area into four “manors” known as Tintwistle, Hollingworth, Werneth, and Mottram.

However, it was the Industrial Revolution that really gave Tameside the character and geography we associate with the modern day.

The rapid industrialisation of the area turned previously rural communities into thriving mill towns, producing textiles for the best part of two centuries.

Following deindustrialisation after the war, it was the then Dukinfield Borough Council who brought together the other eight districts which would go on to make up Tameside, in an attempt to reverse the gross neglect all the towns had suffered.

Today, despite the many challenges which persist, Tameside unites a set of communities tied in common cause, who come together to look after each other.

As a Denton lad born and bred, having the pleasure to have represented my hometown both on Tameside Council, and for the last 19 years in the House of Commons, I of course have my biases.

“Destination Denton”, a now thriving hub of activity, is showing our community at its very best.

However, it would be remiss of me to not acknowledge the fantastic contribution that all parts of our borough make to keep Tameside strong.

We’ve seen lots of change across Tameside in the last 50 years, and the many thousands before that, and will undoubtably see more in the years ahead, but I have faith that the sense of community that bonds us together will only strengthen.

Here’s to another 50 years!

Constituency Office Address

Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP

Parliamentary Office Address

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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