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Delph \Delph\, n. (Hydraul. Engin.) The drain on the land side of a sea embankment.


Delph \Delph\, n. Delftware.

Five nothings in five plates of delph.


n. delftware crockery


Delph ( Old English (ge)delf a quarry) is a village in the Saddleworth civil parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England. Historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire, it lies amongst the Pennines on the River Tame below the village of Denshaw, east-northeast of Oldham, and north-northwest of Uppermill.

On Friday 7 April 1780 John Wesley visited the town and preached in a house owned by one of the trustees of the Independent Church.

The centre of the village has barely changed from the 19th century, when a number of small textile mills provided employment for the local community.

The etymology of Delph is derived from the Old English word 'Delf', meaning a quarry and refers to the bakestone quarries which lay at the lower end of the Castleshaw Valley just north of the village. There is a significant first century AD Roman fort at Castleshaw.

Bakestones were quarried as tiles up to three quarters of an inch thick and used to bake oatcakes and muffins. The industry was in existence well before 1330 and only died out in 1930.

The village is home to one of the Saddleworth Whit Friday brass band contests, with in the region of seventy-five bands from across the UK and beyond marching down the main street at five-minute intervals on the evening of the contest which often continues into the early hours. In the village of Dobcross a Henry Livings memorial prize is open to bands who play on any of the morning's walks on Whit Friday. It is also home to the Millgate Arts Centre, the home of the Saddleworth Players. This group of actors puts on six plays a year, as well as hosting a number of other events throughout the year.

The main street running through the centre of Delph was used in some of the external shots of the 2001 feature film The Parole Officer, starring Steve Coogan, Om Puri and Jenny Agutter. Delph was also used in the filming of the Whit Friday scene in the 1996 film Brassed Off. Delph is mentioned in the song "This One's For Now" by the band Half Man Half Biscuit on their 2014 album Urge for Offal.

Delph (disambiguation)

Delph is a village in Greater Manchester, England

It may also refer to:

  • Delph, the Hiberno-English term for dishware
  • Delph Donkey, railway line which formerly served Delph
  • Delph Locks (or, Delph Nine), a series of locks on the Dudley No. 1 Canal in Brierley Hill, in the West Midlands, England
  • Delph railway station, which formerly served Delph
  • Ivey Delph Apartments, historic apartment building located in Hamilton Heights, New York
  • Fabian Delph (born 1989), English footballer
  • John M. Delph (1805–1891), a mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Marvin Delph (born 1956), American basketball player
  • Mike Delph (born 1970), American politician (Indiana)
  • Paul Delph (1957–1996), American musician

See also:

  • Delft (disambiguation)

Usage examples of "delph".

She had known the Delphs in Paris, in the days when Cecily was with her and in the winter just past she had come upon Irene Delph copying at the Louvre.

Writing to Eleanor early in the spring, she mentioned that Irene Delph, who had been in Paris since Mrs.