Droylsden which, since 1974, has been a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, in Greater Manchester, England. It is 4.1 miles (6.6 km) to the east of Manchester city centre, 2.2 miles (3.5 km) west-southwest of Ashton-under-Lyne, and has a population of 23,172.
Prior to 1974 it was an urban district in Lancashire. Droylsden grew as a mill town around the cotton mills established in the mid-19th century, and around the Ashton and Peak Forest canals. Beginning in the early 1930s, Droylsden's population expanded rapidly, as it became a housing overflow area for neighbouring Manchester.
Since 1785, the Fairfield area of Droylsden has been home to the Fairfield Moravian Church, a Moravian community which continues to function in Droylsden today.
The first machine woven towel in the world--the terry towel--was produced by W. M. Christy and Sons of Fairfield Mills, in Droylsden, in 1851. William Miller Christy's son, Henry Christy, had brought back a looped towel from Turkey in the 1840s, which Christy's managed to copy on an adapted loom. Their Royal Turkish towels became famous, with Queen Victoria having a regular order.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Droylsden.