Delph is a village Greater Manchester, in the Saddleworth civil parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. Delph was once part of the West Riding in Yorkshire and is situated amongst the Pennines on the River Tame.
The village centre has hardley changed at all since the 1800s, when many small textile mills provided employment for the local community.
The name 'Delph' is said to derive from the Old English word 'Delf', meaning a quarry. This refers to the bakestone quarries that once laid at the north of the village of the Castleshaw Valley. Bakestones were quarried as tiles and were used to bake muffins and oatcakes. This industry was around since 1330 and died out relatively recently, 600 years later in 1930.
The village is home to one of the Saddleworth Whit Friday brass band contests with around 75 bands from across the UK taking place. This was also the setting for the British movie Brassed Off, starring Ewan McGregor, Pete Postlethwaite and Stephen Tompkinson.Delph, Greater Manchester