The Metropolitan Borough of Tameside is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester in North West England. It is named after the River Tame, which flows through the borough, and includes the towns of Ashton-under-Lyne, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Mossley and Stalybridge. Its western border is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Manchester city centre. Tameside is bordered by the metropolitan boroughs of Stockport and Oldham to the south and north respectively, the city of Manchester to the west and the borough of High Peak in Derbyshire to the east across Longdendale. As of 2011 the overall population was 219,324.[2]

Borough of Tameside
"Industry and Integrity"
Tameside shown within Greater Manchester and England
Coordinates: 53°29′24″N 2°05′39″W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyGreater Manchester
Admin HQAshton-under-Lyne
Founded1 April 1974; 47 years ago (1974-04-01)
  TypeMetropolitan borough
  Governing bodyTameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  MayorCllr Leigh Drennan
  MPs:Andrew Gwynne (L)
Angela Rayner (L)
Jonathan Reynolds (L)
  Total39.83 sq mi (103.17 km2)
495 ft (151 m)
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Total226,493 (Ranked 77th of 309)
  Density5,380/sq mi (2,078/km2)
(2005 estimate)[1]
93.1% White
5.0% S. Asian or mixed
1.2% Black or mixed
0.6% Chinese and other
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
Area code(s)0161 / 01457
ISO 3166-2GB-TAM
ONS code00BT (ONS)
E08000008 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSJ931997
WebsiteOfficial borough website

The history of the area extends back to the Stone Age. There are over 300 listed buildings in Tameside and three Scheduled Ancient Monuments, which includes a castle of national importance. The settlements in Tameside were small townships centred on agriculture until the advent of the Industrial Revolution. The towns of the borough grew and became involved in the cotton industry, which dominated the local economy. The current borough was created in 1974 as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972.