Middleton is a town in Greater Manchester under the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale. It sit on the River Irk approximately 5 miles southwest of Rochdale, 4.5 miles north of Manchester city centre.
Middleton was once a part of Lancashire and its name derives from its original location in the centre of several surrounding settlements. In its early history, Middleton held a status as once of an ecclesiatstical parish of the Hundred of Salford, which was under the rule of aristocratic families, and the Church of St Leonard stood in the centre of this community for hundreds of years (now a Grade I listed building).
During the late 18th century, Middleton was a village consisting of only 20 or so homes, but during the later part of the century and the 19th century, the population increased due to the addition of several textile manufacturers, thus earning the town borough status in 1886.
Today, Middleton is an area of differing affluence. In the south Alkrington is a predominately suburban area whilst in the north, Langley is one of Manchester's overspill housing estates.
Flodden Window, St Leonard Church, Middleton.