Mossley

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Mossley is a town in Tameside on the east side of Manchester

The name of Mossley itself comes from 'Moss' - meaning a bog or swamp - and 'leah' - a clearing in a wood.

It shares the distinction of once being situated in three different counties - Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire. All three parts are still defined by the positions of the parish churches: St George's church in Lancashire, St John the Baptist church in Yorkshire and All Saints church, Micklehurst in Cheshire. Today, Mossley is a part of Greater Manchester.

On March 13 1885 Mossley was granted a Charter of Incorporation.

The son of magistrate and alderman John Lawton, George Lawton inherited a family fortune and, when he died in August 1949, apart from some legacies, he left his entire fortune to the people of Mossley.

Part of his estimated 40,000 fortune was left to build a public meeting place; the George Lawton Hall, which is a testament to his generosity.

Mossley - alongside Stalybridge and Uppermill in Saddleworth, Oldham - helped launch the internationally known brass band event, the annual Whit Friday Band Contest. This came about when the three towns held unconnected brass band events on June 6, 1884.

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