Tyldesley Town Hall
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Tyldesley cum Shakerley Urban District and its successor, Tyldesley Urban District, was from 1894 to 1974 a local government district in Lancashire, England. In 1974 the urban district was abolished and its former area was transfered to the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan in Greater Manchester.

The township of Tyldesley cum Shakerley historically was a villA vill was the smallest administrative unit of the state in feudal England, equivalent to a modern civil parish. in the large ancient parishAncient or ancient ecclesiastical parishes encompassed groups of villages and hamlets and their adjacent lands over which a clergyman had jurisdiction. of Leigh and became a member of the Leigh Poor Law Union Leigh Poor Law Union was established on 26 January 1837 in accordance with the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. The union covered the townships of Astley, Atherton, Bedford, Pennington, Tyldesley with Shakerley and Westleigh all in the ancient parish of Leigh plus Culcheth, Lowton and part of Winwick. when it was formed in 1837.[1]

In 1863 the township of Tyldesley cum Shakerley adopted the Local Government Act 1858. A local board was formed to govern the town. The Local Government Act 1894 reconstituted the area as an urban district, and Tyldesley cum Shakerley Urban District Council replaced the local board. In 1894 the area of the urban district was 2,690 acres, Tyldesley 1,970 statute acres and Shakerley 520 acres. The urban district council consisted of fifteen members, representing five wards—North, East, South, West, and Shakerley.[2]

The only change to boundaries was in 1933, when the Lancashire (Manchester and District) Review Order added Astley civil parish from the neighbouring Leigh Rural District and the urban district was renamed Tyldesley Urban District. The addition of Astley, 2685 acres, increased the area of the urban district to 5,375 acres.[3]

In 1974 Tyldesley Urban District was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 and its former area transferred to Greater Manchester to form part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan.

Tyldesley’s town hall was originally in Lower Elliot Street, opposite the council’s depot and fire station. In 1924 the council bought the town’s Liberal Club which opened in 1881 as its town hall. Tyldesley UDC was responsible for opening Tyldesley Park on Astley Street in 1902,[4] the Carnegie Library in 1909 and council housing estates at Sale Lane, Mosley Common and Shakerley.

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Great Britain Historical GIS Project. (2004). Tyldesley UD through time. Census tables with data for the Local Government District. A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20110604155537/http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/relationships.jsp?u_id=10102479&c_id=10001043
Greater Manchester County Record Office. (n.d.). Greater Manchester Gazetteer T-W. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20110718144311/http://www.gmcro.co.uk/Guides/Gazeteer/gazzt2w.htm
Lunn, J. (1953). A Short History of the Township of Tyldesley. Tyldesley Urban District Council.

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