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Atherton is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Manchester. It is five miles east of Wigan, two miles north-northeast of Leigh and 10.7 miles northwest of Manchester.

Along with neighbouring Shakerley, Atherton has been associated with coal mining. Sadly, Atherton's last deep coal mine closed in 1966, though there is still some significant manufacturing industry in the town.

There are several historic buildings in and around Atherton. They include 17th-century Alder House, Chowbert Chapel, St John's Church (1879) and Chanters Farmhouse.

Public transport in Atherton is co-ordinated by the Transport for Greater Manchester. There are rail links from Atherton to Wigan and Manchester operated by Northern Rail, and bus routes to Bolton, Leigh and Wigan, the Trafford Centre and Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Complex operated by South Lancs Travel and First Manchester.

Atherton Cricket Club was formed in 1872 and has played in the Bolton and District Cricket Association since 1921

Atherton Fire Station