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LOWTON is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester, England. It is around 2 miles (3.2 km) from Leigh, 7 miles (11 km) south of Wigan and 11.0 miles (17.7 km) west of Manchester. The settlement lies across the A580 East Lancashire Road.
Historically a part of Lancashire, Lowton's early history is marked by its presence of Byrom Manor, the ancestral home of Byroms, the family that included poet John Byrom, who invented a system of shorthand.
Lowton, as a locality, was associated with coal mining and other manufacturing during the time of the industrial revolution given its proximity to several nearby collieries and factories.
Lowton has an unclear toponymy: it is from Old English tun "farm, village" with an uncertain first element (The first element is from lhe old English for high point IE Wornoth Low near Stockport is the highest hill in the area, and Lowton is the highest point locally.) A record of the name as Liewetune in 1176 suggests Old English hleowe "lee", although this is not a certain etymology.
Lowton was one of the berewicks of the Royal Manor of Newton, later being one of the members of the Barony of Makerfield. Byrom Manor, later to feature the ancestral home of the poet John Byrom and was constructed during the 18th century, is recorded as early as 1212, where the family prospered for centuries. Byrom Hall at one time featured a moat.
The Hare and Hounds public house, built in the 17th century, was once used as a place to hold trials of local criminals, including murders
In 1830 Parkside, Newton-le-Willows, near Lowton, was the site of the world's first fatal passenger train crash, when Liverpool MP William Huskisson was killed after being hit by George Stephenson's Rocket locomotive during the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.
The former Lowton railway station was used as a resting point for the royal train.
Lowton had a toffee factory, along with other sites of heavy industry. In common with many parts of the United Kingdom, many of these factories have now closed and been replaced with some light industry.
Between 1894 and 1974, Lowton was part of the Golborne Urban District, in the administrative county of Lancashire.
In 1974 as part of the local government reorganisation enacted in the Local Government Act 1972 it became part of Greater Manchester with the boundary at Newton-le-Willows marking the edge of the new county of Merseyside.
Lowton comes under the constituency of Leigh and is represented in parliament by the Conservative MP James Grundy (Who has lived in Lowton all his life)
Situated on the A580 East Lancashire Road, the village has direct access to the cities of
Manchester to the east and Liverpool to the west. From this road, the M6 motorway runs north and south, and the M60 connects with the M62 across the Pennines. The nearest railway station is Newton-le-Willows on the Chester to Manchester Line and Liverpool to Manchester Line. Public transport in Lowton is co-ordinated by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and is served by buses to Manchester, Wigan, Leigh and Newton-le-Willows. Buses: 34 Lowton/Leigh-Manchester.
To the south of Lowton is Highfield Moss, part of which has been designated a
Site of Special Scientific Interest. There is an airstrip belonging to Lancs Aero Club situated at the edge of the moss. The 52.6 acres (21.3 ha) site was designated in 1986 for its biological interest. The interest is predominantly mire communities of which it is the best example in Greater Manchester.Education
Lowton's churches include two Anglican churches, St Mary's and St Lukes, the Roman Catholic, St Catherine of Siena closed in 2011and now meet at the church of St Catherine and All Saints Golborne, Lowton Independent Methodist Church, a member of the Independent Methodist Connexion, and Lowton Community Church Lane Head Methodist closed in 2010 congregation moved to Heath Street Golborne now renamed Golborne & Lowton Methodist Church in the Sankey Valley Circuit. The churches organise some joint activities including ecumenical services. Their charity work included the Lowton Churches Romania Appeal, formed after the collapse of the Communist regime in Romania in 1990. It supported an orphanage in Lugoj but its remit has expanded to include several projects in Romania.
Lowton is the location for Golborne Sports and Social Club which participates in local Football and Cricket leagues. Other nearby sports teams include Golborne Parkside RLFC, Leigh RUFC and Leigh United FC.
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Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum
Details and Information about the HS2 rail line, Kenyon Hall Air Strip and Over development issues can be found on the LENDF website click the above link.
A similar group to Lendf but covering the Lowton West part of the Golborne and Lowton West electoral Ward.
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