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metropolitan borough (1991 pop. 107,095), NW England, located in the Manchester metropolitan area. The city's industries include papermaking, tanning, food processing, and mail-order distribution. Oldham's town hall, art gallery, museum, and Alexandra Park are noteworthy. There is also a 17th-century grammar school and the College of Further Education. Winston ChurchillChurchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer,
1874–1965, British statesman, soldier, and author; son of Lord Randolph Churchill. Early Career

Educated at Harrow and Sandhurst, he became (1894) an officer in the 4th hussars.
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 was the member of Parliament for Oldham, and the composer William WaltonWalton, Sir William Turner,
1902–83, English composer, b. Oldham. Walton studied at Oxford. One of his earliest works was a piano quartet (1918–19). In 1923, Façade,
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 was born there.
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a city in England, in the Greater Manchester metropolitan complex. Population, 105,700 (1971). Industries include the cotton industry, textile-machine building, electrical engineering, and the clothing industry. Oldham has an art gallery of 19th- and 20th-century English art.

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1. a town in NW England, in Oldham unitary authority, Greater Manchester. Pop.: 103 544 (2001)
2. a unitary authority in NW England, in Greater Manchester. Pop.: 218 100 (2003 est.). Area: 141 sq. km (54 sq. miles)
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