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The following text is from a report in the early 1900's
Sourced from www.archive.org/stream/gardencitymovement
The Oldham Garden Suburb owes its existence largely to the work of Mrs Higgs, one of the earliest members of the Garden Cities Association. The "Beautiful Oldham" movement had given an impulse to the desire for a better mode of living and a better style of home, and despite many difficulties substantial progress has been made. Of the 52 acres one third has been developed by the Oldham Garden Suburb Tenants Ltd. The houses let from 55. nd. a week to 30 a year.
Houses of a larger type are built for sale as well as for rent. The roads have been made with grass margins and are tree planted, and three acres are reserved for open spaces. The infantile mortality for the last year shows the following vital statistics:
Birth Rate: 42 per 1,000 population.
Death Rate: 59 per 1,000 births.
The General Death Rate is 10 per 1,000
(Any typo's in this article are copied directly from the report)
Oldhams population was nearly 150,000 people; Oldham Electricity Co started, run and owned by the corporation. They took over the lease on the power lines put down by the Manchester Carraige Co; William Scott the great Oldham artist, died; Oldham Yeomanry, sworn in for the S. Africa war; Oldham Ambulance Men (10) and (15) Yeomen left for the Boer War. 40,000 people waved them off; First meeting of Saddleworth Urban District Council, when the RDC and Local Board for Uppermill, came together; More Oldham Volunteers left for the war in South Africa; Jubilee of Co-operation in Oldham; Oldham's, first electric tram ran to Chadderton boundary.
There were almost 2,000 people getting "relief" from the Oldham Guardians; A circular tram service from Oldham to Glodwick was started.
Education Act afforded the opportunity to develop secondary education in Oldham; Electricity came into common use for lighting; Foundation Stone laid of a Congregational Church in Ashton Road, Oldham; The Electric Trams from Hollinwood to Waterhead started running.
Oldham Guardians removed all children over three from the workhouse and set up "Scattered Homes" to look after the 204 children removed; Albert Mount Primitive Methodist Church opened a new Sunday School; Greenhills Electricity Works started supplying power, opened by Alderman Herrod, but it was still DC; Oldham Volunteers first assembled.
Bell Mill Hathershaw was erected, 130,176 spindles; Oldham Education Committee took over from the School Board; Oldham Schools celebrated Victoria Day, for the first time; Foundation Stone laid of the Wesleyan Methodist Church at Northmoor.
Mrs C Lees opened an extension to the Royal Oldham Infirmary; Oldham Athletic played in the FA Cup for the first time.
The Bishop of Burnley dedicated a new set of bells for St. Margaret's Church, Hollinwood; A new Independent Methodist Church opened in King St, Oldham; Victoria Market Hall Oldham, 2,100 sq yds opened for business; The Foundation Stone had been laid in 1904 but it was not completed until 1908; Oldham Athletic got their first manager, David Ashworth; Eagles Mill, Delph burnt down, while Oldham Fire Brigade took 90 minutes to find the mayor for permission to go outside the boundary.
Trams ran from Oldham to Manchester direct, for the first time. The Manchester trams had to have extra brakes fitted to tackle the hill up to Oldham Town Centre; Oldham Garden SuburbTrust was formed. Workstarted building a garden town at Hollins. Houses £183 each; Oldham elected the first woman councillorin Lancashire. Mrs C Lees won the seat at Hollinwood;The well stocked conservatory in Alexandra Park, opened; Cobden Chadwick founded Chadwick Web Processing printing on and making paper bags; Oldham Athletic played and won their first Football League match against Stoke (3-1).