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Oldham stands along the Roman road from Manchester to York, built more than 2000 years ago. The city was a centre for the wool trade and cloth making, but cotton became king in the late 1700s with the advent of spinning and weaving machines. The damp air trapped by the Pennines western slopes made Oldham ideal for spinning the fragile cotton fibres into thread.

Oldham is also known for its leadership in the fight for parliamentary reform in the early 1800s and for being the seat whereby Winston Churchill first served in Parliament.

The city has two museums, the Central Art Gallery and the Local Interest Centre.

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