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A list of the main mill towns
In Britain, the term "Mill town" often refers to the 19th century textile-manufacturing towns of Scotland and Northern England, particularly those in Lancashire (cotton) and Yorkshire (wool). Likewise the northern English city of Manchester was bestowed with the name Cottonopolis as its region was considered a metropolis of cotton processing mills.
† - denotes as a town historically in Lancashire, but now in Greater Manchester.