Denton is a town within the Metropolitan Brough of Tameside, in Greater Manchester, England. Historically part of Lancashire, it is located five miles to the east of Manchester city centre.
The name Denton probably takes its name from Dane-town. The word 'Dane' is derived from Anglo-Saxon denu, dene, daenland, meaning valley. So Denton literally means valley town.
Denton grew significantly as a hat making town, with felt hatting being recorded in the area as early as 1702. By 1825 there were 25 hat manufacturers and by 1840 there were 24,000 hats being produced in Denton a week. By 2003 however, all the hat shops had closed to make way for outlets such as Tesco and Marks and Spencer.
The area was once part of the Lancashire coalfield and once had a number of collieries in operation. Sadly, due to the lack of maintenence during the strike of 1926, the Denton Colliery flooded to the extent it was no longer workable and the Denton Colliery Co went into voluntary liquidation in 1929.
The war memorial, or centotaph is Denton's major landmark. It is located in Victoria and commemorates people from Denton and Haughton who served in the two world wars.
Denton has a major claim to fame by having the UK's least frequent train service. The Stockport to Stalybridge service runs on a Friday, once a week and in one direction.Denton Town Hall