Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester. It is the administrative centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. Oldham rose to prominence in the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture and at its zenith, it was the most productive cotton spinning mill town in the world, producing more cotton than France and Germany combined.
Today Oldham is a predominantly residential town, and the improvement of the town centre is the focus of a project for transforming Oldham into a centre for further education and the performing arts. It is, however, still distinguished architecturally by the surviving cotton mills and other buildings such as the Parish Church, Town Hall, Civic Centre and the War Memorial to name a few.