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Ashworth Valley is a renowned local beauty spot.[citation needed] Queens Park re-opened in 2006 after a multimillion-pound facelift, with many of its Victorian attractions restored, including the old fountain and many of the statues.[citation needed]

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Heywood Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1905. The club disappeared at the time of WW2.[14]

What was described as a period of "extraordinary growth of the cotton-trade" in the mid-19th century,[3] led to "an influx of strangers causing a very dense population".[4] Urbanisation caused by the expansion of factories and housing meant that in 1885, Rochdale-born poet Edwin Waugh, was able to describe Heywood as "almost entirely the creation of the cotton industry".

Most of the cotton mills have now been demolished, mainly to make way for housing. One of the last mills remaining, though not in production since 1986, has recently been offered for redevelopment as flats. The "Mutual Mills", a complex of four, are Grade II listed buildings.

The newly built Heywood Sports Village opened in September 2010 and its excellent swimming pools, sports hall and fitness facilities has seen participation continue to grow since that time. It has possibly the best outdoor floodlit artificial pitches in the borough supported by extensive team changing facilities. Its modern design and friendly welcome make it a firm favourite with users.

At the north of Heywood, the River Roch meanders westerly into Bury, and then onwards to Radcliffe where it unites its waters with the River Irwell. The general slope of the land in Heywood increases in height away from the Roch. From the north bank of the Roch is the Roch Valley and Cheesden Valley. The Cheesden Valley is a wooded river valley of the Cheesden Brook, flanked on all sides by high moorland and small hamlets, like Birtle.[22] The soil is sandy, and the subsoil is clay.[24]

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In 1881, the newly created Municipal Borough of Heywood included 67 cotton mills and weaving sheds, 67 machine works and other workshops, 75 cotton waste and other warehouses and 5,877 dwelling houses. It had 22 churches and chapels and 24 Sunday and day schools. The population was estimated at 25,000.

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The town was originally served by railway, with Heywood railway station to the south of the town. There were services to Bury Knowsley Street railway station and Rochdale, but this line was closed in the 1970s. However, the line has recently been re-opened to Bury, as an extension to the East Lancashire Railway preservation project.

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Heywood, Heywood Central, Heywood St James and Heywood United are all association football clubs that have been based in Heywood. Heywood St James F.C. plays in Division One of the Manchester Football League.[citation needed]

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Heywood's population remained constant for most of the 20th century, but increased from 24,090 in 1960 to 30,443 in 1970, following the opening of the Darnhill overspill council estate, which transferred thousands of people from inner-city Manchester, to Heywood.[26] The first families to move to Heywood from Manchester as part of the slum clearances came in 1963.[26]

Heywood Hockey Club is a men's field hockey club based in Heywood.

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Heywood Cricket Club plays in the Central Lancashire Cricket League.[58] The club has won the Wood Cup on nine occasions since the cup competition began in 1921.[59]

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The Anglo-Saxons cleared the densely wooded area, dividing it into heys or fenced clearings. In the Middle Ages, Heywood formed a chapelry in the township, centred on Heywood Hall, a manor house owned by a family with the surname Heywood. Farming was the main industry of a sparsely populated rural area.[3] The population supplemented their incomes by hand-loom woollen weaving in the domestic system.[4]

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Historically, Heywood's only landmark was Heywood Hall, the town's former manor house which was inhabited by the Heywood family. On Heywood in 1881, Edwin Waugh said:

In 1905 Plum Tickle Mill began operation as the largest mule-spinning mill in the world under one roof, however, Plum Mill and its sister-mill, Unity Mill, were idled in the 1960s under the government reorganisation of the cotton industry. The last large weaving mill in the town was J. Smith, Hargreaves & Company, towel manufacturers. However this mill was also idled in the 1980s and operations were transferred to W.T. Taylor & Company in Horwich.[citation needed]

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Surrounded by legend, Heywood is known by locals as “Monkey Town”, the light-hearted folklore still doing the rounds is that Heywood men used to have tails and the stools and benches in Heywood pubs had holes in them for the tails to fit through.

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The southern wing of St Luke's Church, well known throughout the area for its beautiful proportions and ornate carvings, is suggested to have been one of Hitler's high-priority items for acquisition had he won the war.[citation needed]

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Birtle View was a school for children with special needs. The school closed recently[when?], the building has now been demolished and replaced by a doctors' surgery.

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