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Learning to Drive in Oldham
The national average driving lessons required to pass the practical driving test is 47 hours with a driving instructor and an additional 22 hours of private practice with a family or friend are recommended.
Oldham’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is below the overall pass rate national average, sitting at 45.5%.
The test centres in Oldham are Chadderton which has a pass rate of 45.0%, Rochdale at 40.9%, Cheetham Hill with 43.2%, Bredbury at 59.8% and Bury at 38.7%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Oldham are in West Didsbury with a pass rate of 50.9%, Sale at 49.2%, Bolton at 60.1%, and Huddersfield which has a lower pass rate of 43.7%.
Oldham Practical Driving Test Centres
- Bolton, (Oldham), (Wheelchair accessible): Weston Street, Bolton, BL3 2AW
- Bredbury,(Oldham), Lingard Lane, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2QT
- Bury, (Oldham), Smith Street, Bury, BL9 6HH
- Cheetham Hill, (Oldham), (Wheelchair accessible): Alderglen Road, Cheetham, Manchester M8 0AL
- Halifax, (Oldham), (wheelchair access), 11 Cross Street West, Pellon, Halifax HX2 0HA
- Huddersfield (Oldham), Clarion Cedar Court, Ainley Top, Huddersfield HD3 3RH
- Rochdale, (Oldham), Room G10, Globe House Business, Moss Bridge Road, Rochdale OL16 5EB
- Sale, (Oldham), (Wheelchair accessible) 36 – 38 Poplar Grove, Sale M33 7ER
- West Didsbury,(Oldham), Unit 11, Christie Park, West Didsbury M21 7QY
Oldham Theory Test Centres
- Manchester: Suite 2, Ground Floor, Red Block 5, Universal Square Devonshire Street North, Ardwick, Manchester M12 6JH
- Stockport, Ground Floor, 1 St Peters Square, Stockport SK1 1NZ
- Bolton, Suite 2A, Second Floor, Knowsley House, 4-6 Knowsley Street, Bolton BL1 2AH
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Oldham – did you know?
- Oldham became the world’s centre for cotton spinning in the second half of the 19th century. More than 30% of Oldham’s population was employed in the textile industry, compared to 5% across Great Britain.
- Oldham was transformed by the Industrial Revolution from a small community, largely unknown outside Lancashire, into leading industrial towns in the country.
- Oldham’s name is derived from the Old English ‘ald’ combined with the Old Norse ‘holmi’ or ‘holmr’, meaning “promontory or outcrop”. It’s thought the name describes the town’s prominent hilltop position.
- The oldest building in Oldham is thought to be the 16th to 17th Century Grade II listed building, Hathershaw Hall.
- Oldham is famous for parched peas. These unique dried peas and made from the purple podded pea. To eat them, they need to be rehydrated by soaking overnight and simmering to produce a type of mushy pea. These peas are particularly popular in Rochdale, Oldham and Bury. In Bolton they are traditionally sold around Bonfire Night at fairgrounds.
- The Oldham Parish Church of St Mary with St Peter is a Grade II* listed building that was constructed in 1830. The vast crypt contains vaults with the remains of the many mill owners who made their fortunes in Oldham. It is said that the legendary ‘Oldham Giant’ is also buried here!
- Oldham is claimed to be the birthplace of the chip shop. Oldham’s chip shops typically sell fish from the north west coast that’s been cooked to perfection and served alongside mushy peas and chips.
- Professor Brian Cox grew up in Oldham. Brian Cox is the UK’s unofficial ‘face of science’, he’s hosted multiple science shows on television and is currently the Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester.
- Oldham Coliseum, is one of the oldest theatres in Britain still operating today.