Littleborough is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, in Greater Manchester. It lies in the upper Roch Valley by the foothills of the South Pennines, 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) northeast of Rochdale and 12.6 miles (20.3 kilometres) north-northeast of the city of Manchester. In 2001, Littleborough and its surrounding residential areas of Calderbrook, Shore and Smithy Bridge were recorded as having a population of 13,807. When cotton was introduced as a base to make cloths, Littleborough experienced an influx of families, predominately from the neighbouring county, the West Riding of Yorkshire. Wealthy houses and estates were created on the outskirts of the town. Coal mining, engineering ventures and significantly large textile mills promoted Littleborough's population development and urbanisation, which led to its status as a mill town. Through the mid-20th century, imports of less expensive foreign items contributed towards the progressive deindustrialisation of Littleborough, but the commercial diversity of the town enabled it to stave off the following economic depression, which was felt elsewhere in North West England. Littleborough's stone-built town centre is designated as a Conservation Area for its special architectural qualities. The town also boasts great dining and leisure facilities, with Littleborough Rugby Union Football Club being elected 'Club of the Year' at National Ruby Football Awards. For all your home upgrades, make sure to make use of credible contractors in Littleborough to make certain of quality.