Saddleworth in the Community

Uppermill is today, in most peoples' opinion, the central focus of Saddleworth. The building of both the turnpike road and the canal along Uppermill valley in the 19th century meant that its growth and development overtook that of Dobcross - until that point, the most prominent village in Saddleworth.

Saddleworth Parish Church, St Chads, is one of the oldest buildings in the area and sits much higher up the hill from the busy high street of Uppermill. It's here, up the hill, where the original village settlement has its roots. This is immediately apparent from just taking a walk up towards the Church and you will observe the stone work and architecture of the domiciles grow older the further up you go. This leisurely walk is accompanied perfectly with a stop at the Church Inn (situated next to St. Chads) for some lunch and the cheapest pint of bitter found anywhere for miles - chosen from an extensive and delicious range brewed by the pub itself. There is much to see and explore away from the high street and Uppermill extends much further than most people, even many locals, tend to realise.

Uppermill has the most bountiful and interesting retail centre in Saddleworth. As well as shops serving the local community with food and essentials, there are many art and ornament outlets to cater for those of artistic persuasion. Uppermill probably attracts the most visitors out of all the villages and the high street is bustling with activity at weekends, drawing the crowds with specialist retailers, scenic surroundings and attractions such as the canal, Museum, Art Gallery, Brownhill Countryside Centre and of course the Farmers' Market (second Sunday of every month).

The range of community facilities and venues in Uppermill accomodate a constant variety of events taking place in the village. Many of the local interest groups take advantage of the Civic Hall, Museum, playing fields, church centres and sports clubs to hold fund-raising and social occasions - there is never a lack of anything to keep you occupied.

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