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LOWTON is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester, England. It is around 2 miles (3.2 km) from Leigh, 7 miles (11 km) south of Wigan and 11.0 miles (17.7 km) west of Manchester. The settlement lies across the A580 East Lancashire Road.
Historically a part of Lancashire, Lowton's early history is marked by its presence of Byrom Manor, the ancestral home of Byroms, the family that included poet John Byrom, who invented a system of shorthand.
Lowton, as a locality, was associated with coal mining and other manufacturing during the time of the industrial revolution given its proximity to several nearby collieries and factories.
Lowton has an unclear toponymy: it is from Old English tun "farm, village" with an uncertain first element (The first element is from lhe old English for high point IE Wornoth Low near Stockport is the highest hill in the area, and Lowton is the highest point locally.) A record of the name as Liewetune in 1176 suggests Old English hleowe "lee", although this is not a certain etymology.
Lowton was one of the berewicks of the Royal Manor of Newton, later being one of the members of the Barony of Makerfield. Byrom Manor, later to feature the ancestral home of the poet John Byrom and was constructed during the 18th century, is recorded as early as 1212, where the family prospered for centuries. Byrom Hall at one time featured a moat.
In 1830 Parkside, Newton-le-Willows, near Lowton, was the site of the world's first fatal passenger train crash, when Liverpool MP William Huskisson was killed after being hit by George Stephenson's Rocket locomotive during the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.
The former Lowton railway station was used as a resting point for the royal train.
Lowton had a toffee factory, along with other sites of heavy industry. In common with many parts of the United Kingdom, many of these factories have now closed and been replaced with some light industry.
In 1974 as part of the local government reorganisation enacted in the Local Government Act 1972 it became part of Greater Manchester with the boundary at Newton-le-Willows marking the edge of the new county of Merseyside.
Lowton comes under the constituency of Leigh and is represented in parliament by the Labour MP Andy Burnham.
Situated on the A580 East Lancashire Road, the village has direct access to the cities of
Manchester to the east and Liverpool to the west. From this road, the M6 motorway runs north and south, and the M60 connects with the M62 across the Pennines. The nearest railway station is Newton-le-Willows on the Chester to Manchester Line and Liverpool to Manchester Line. Public transport in Lowton is co-ordinated by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and is served by buses to Manchester, Wigan, Leigh and Newton-le-Willows. Buses: X34 Lowton/Leigh-Manchester.
To the south of Lowton is Highfield Moss, part of which has been designated a
Site of Special Scientific Interest. The 52.6 acres (21.3 ha) site was designated in 1986 for its biological interest. The interest is predominantly mire communities of which it is the best example in Greater Manchester.
- Lowton High School
- Lowton Primary School
- Lowton St. Marys Primary School (Church of England)
- Lowton West Primary School
- St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School
- St. Lukes Church of England Primary School
Lowton's churches include two Anglican churches, St Mary's and St Lukes, the Roman Catholic, St Catherine of Siena closed in 2011and now meet at the church of St Catherine and All Saints Golborne, Lowton Independent Methodist Church, a member of the Independent Methodist Connexion, and Lowton Community Church Lane Head Methodist closed in 2010 congregation moved to Heath Street Golborne now renamed Golborne & Lowton Methodist Church in the Sankey Valley Circuit. The churches organise some joint activities including ecumenical services. Their charity work included the Lowton Churches Romania Appeal, formed after the collapse of the Communist regime in Romania in 1990. It supported an orphanage in Lugoj but its remit has expanded to include several projects in Romania.
Lowton is the location for Golborne Sports and Social Club which participates in local Football and Cricket leagues. Other nearby sports teams include Golborne Parkside RLFC, Leigh RUFC and Leigh United FC.
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Local Authority; Wigan MBC Tel: 01942 244991
Council Offices; Wigan and Leigh. The Golborne office is now closed
Payments can be made at Post offices and Pay Point outlets
Golborne and Lowton West ward and the Lowton East Wards, are served by members of The Labour Party and Conservative Party.
Police: Greater Manchester Police L Division Tel 0161: 872 5050
Passenger Transport: TfGM. Tel: 0161 228 7811
Lowton Church of England High School. Tel: 01942 767040
Golborne High School Tel: 01942 726842
St.Luke's Cof E Primary School Tel: 01942 201140
Lowton West Primary School Tel: 01942 724864
St.Catherines RC Primary School Tel: 01942 671528
Lowton J & I School Tel: 01942 673213
St.Mary's CofE Primary School Tel: 01942 769716
Gilded Hollins Primary School: 01942 678903
Local Services are provided by JIM STONES COACHES
This is a reliable service with comfortable and VERY CLEAN buses provided by a LOCAL company, services are mainly Lowton - Leigh - Note the registration numbers on these busses !
Wigan-Ashton-Leigh Provided by Stagecoach in Wigan
Wigan-Abram-Golborne - Warrington
and 34 Leigh - Lane head - Newton - St.Helens are provided by Arriva. Not the same 34 service as below
34 Lowton - Manchester Morning and evenings from / to Lowton, daytime between Leigh - Manchester Provided by Stagecoach in Wigan Return tickets accepted Buses to other destinations from Leigh Bus station.
V1 Vantage Express via guided busway Leigh to Manchester operated by First
The Post Office:
All the local post offices that have served LOWTON for many years, have been closed by Post Office Counters in a cost saving reorganisation and replaced with ONE new office in the Londis shop on Newton Road (Near the Civic Hall)
If you find it difficult to get to or park on Newton Road we would remind you that you can Tax your car at the HEATH STREET Post Office in Golborne with off street parking and that there is a post office located in the Foyer of Golborne ASDA Golborne. Car tax is now available on line.
Public Houses and Residential Hotels:
Rams Head, Slag Lane
Hare and Hounds, Golborne Road
Travellers Rest, Newton Road
Red Lion, Newton Road - RES
Kings Arms, Newton Road - RES
Jolly Carter, Newton Road Now known as Eastern Revive Indian restaurant
Church Inn, Newton Road
Shepherds Inn, Newton Road,
Stone Cross, East Lancs Road (Next to McDonald’s) – RES
Kings Arms – Lowton Village Toby Carvery
Wish FM 102.4 (Wigan)
Wire FM 107.2 (Warrington)
BBC 1 North West
BBC 2 North West
Channels 4 and 5
and all the regional Freeview channels
The above stations and most main FM radio programmes are Transmitted from the Winter Hill mast at Bolton visible throughout the area S4C, HTV Wales and Yorkshire may be available with appropriate aerial
Good DAB reception from at least 4 multiplexes
Cable TV, Telephone and Internet ISP Virgin Media (Telewest - Blueyonder)
BT services also available
VONAGE broadband telephone services are worth looking at numbers available on many exchanges.
Telephone Dialing Codes:
01942 (Ashton-in-Makerfield / Leigh / Wigan)
South of the A580 some numbers may be on the Newton exchange 01925
Cellular Telephones: All networks available
Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Wigan Tel: 01942 244000 A & E
Leigh Infirmary Tel: 01942 672333 Minor injuries Unit
A & E also available at Bolton Royal and Warrington General
Co-op / Texaco East Lancashire Road, Lane Head
Shell Haydock Island (A580)
Youth Club, and Pensioners Club: Newton Road
Newton Road, Lowton Tel: 01942 673962 / 605135
Slag Lane Lowton
Braithwaite Road, Lowton Tel: 01942 718221
R/o St.Catherine’s Church Tel: 01942 673331 / 272221
7a Stone Cross Lane Tel: 01942 722224
71a Church Lane Lowton Tel: 01942 726494
Civic Hall / Rose Centre: - Hesketh Meddows off Newton Road
INDEPENDENT METHODIST CHURCH
TOBY CARVERY,LANE HEAD
ST.LUKE'S C of E CHURCH
RAM'S HEAD, ST LUKE'S
ST.CATHERINES RC CHURCH
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