Place:Westhoughton, Lancashire, England

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NameWesthoughton
Alt namesWest Houghtonsource: Family History Library Catalog
West Houghton and Chew Moorsource: wikipedia
TypeTown
Coordinates53.55°N 2.533°W
Located inLancashire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inGreater Manchester, England     (1974 - )
See alsoBolton (metropolitan borough), Greater Manchester, Englandmetropolitan borough of whih it has been part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Westhoughton is a town and civil parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester, England. It is southwest of Bolton, east of Wigan and northwest of Manchester.

Historically in Lancashire, Westhoughton was once a centre for coal mining, cotton-spinning and textile manufacture. Today it is predominantly a residential town with a population of 23,056.

Westhoughton incorporates several former villages and hamlets which have their own distinctive character, sports traditions and amenities including railway stations. They include Wingates (famous for the Wingates Brass Band), White Horse, Over Hulton, Four Gates (or Fourgates), Chequerbent which was all but destroyed by the building of the motorway, Hunger Hill, Snydale, Hart Common, Marsh Brook, Daisy Hill and Dobb Brow.

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