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View of Mossley
Mossley is located in Greater Manchester
Population 10,921 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SD9702
Civil parish
  • Mossley
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district OL5
Dialling code 01457
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
  • Stalybridge and Hyde
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°30′53″N 2°02′19″W / 53.5147°N 2.0387°W / 53.5147; -2.0387

Mossley (/ˈmɒzli/) is a town and civil parish in Tameside, Greater Manchester, England, in the upper Tame Valley and the foothills of the Pennines, 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Oldham and 8.9 miles (14.3 km) east of Manchester.

The historic counties of Lancashire, Cheshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire meet in Mossley and local government wards and church parishes correspond to their boundaries. Mossley had a population of 10,921 at the 2011 Census. It is the only parished area of Tameside, having had a parish council since 1999.



Believed to originate in around 1319, the name Mossley means "a woodland clearing by a swamp or bog".


Mossley - alongside neighbouring Stalybridge and Uppermill in Saddleworth - helped launch the annual Whit Friday Band Contest, an internationally known brass band event. This came about when the three towns held unconnected brass band events on 6 June 1884.

George Lawton, the son of magistrate and alderman John Lawton, inherited a family fortune and, when he died in August 1949, he left his entire estate (apart from some legacies) to the people of Mossley. Part of his estimated £40,000 estate was left to build a public meeting place, the George Lawton Hall, which is a testament to his generosity.

Notable people

  • Ernest Sykes, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Melanie Sykes, TV presenter and model


A view of Mossley from near Mossley railway station.
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Mossley's proximity to the Saddleworth Moor and the Pennines makes it prone to precipitation.

Mossley lies amongst the foothills of the Pennines, on the western edge of Saddleworth Moor.


Mossley's French twin town is Hem, situated near Lille, in the Nord département.


Mossley's Town Council passed a resolution in November 2009 to make Mossley a Fairtrade Town. A group of local campaigners and activist have started the Fairtrade Mossley group to make 2010 the year that Mossley becomes a Fairtrade Town.


Local sport teams include Mossley A.F.C., Mossley Mayhem Softball Club, Mossley Athletic JFC, Mossley Juniors F.C., Mossley AFC Running Club and Micklehurst Cricket Club.


Primary schools

  • St. Joseph's R.C. Primary School
  • Livingstone Primary School
  • St. George's Primary School
  • Milton St. John's Primary School
  • All Saints Micklehurst

Secondary school

  • Mossley Hollins High School


The town is served by Mossley railway station. Several bus routes serve Mossley, including the 350 operated by FirstGroup and the 356, operated by Nexus Move, which operate routes between Ashton-under-Lyne, Uppermill and Oldham. The town is also served by the 343, operated by Stotts, travelling between Hyde and Oldham. This is the only bus route to connect nearby Carrbrook to Mossley.

A tram network operated by the SHMD Joint Board ran lines through Mossley from 1904 to 1945, until their replacement by buses. The second-generation tramway Manchester Metrolink currently terminates at nearby Ashton-under-Lyne for connections to the city centre.

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