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Telephone code: 01706
Postcode: OL10
Population: 28000
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"Lying to the north of Manchester City Centre is the town of Heywood where there has been a settlement since 1246 when it was known as Heghwode. Today Heywood is quite well placed for the North West motorway network allowing access to both the M60 and M66 as well as the A627(M) the M60 being the main circulatory around Manchester and one that technically starts and ends at Stockport, whilst the M66 runs from Ramsbottom through to where it joins the M60 at Whitefield near Bury, the A627(M) is not quite a motorway, but it does link Rochdale with Oldham. There is a local rail network - East Lancashire Railways but this is mainly a tourist attraction running steam and (more recently) diesel services as far as Bury, but this is only at weekends. For those longer national rail journeys you would need to get to Castleton some 2 miles away from Heywood. Heywood also claims to have one of the largest industrial estates in Europe at Pilsworth Road " - Dave

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