Butterworth Jewellers Blue Plaque Butterworth Jewellers 1896 Since 1903, this property has been occupied by Butterworth Jewellers, which is the longest established family-run business within the town centre. 14 Drake Street, Rochdale Lisa Lee My Dad bought my nurses buckle from that jewellers when I qualified in 1991 Angeline Teale Butterworths jewellers, my grandmother, took…
Saint Leonards Square Blue Plaque
St Leonard’s Square
Once the focal point for the old town which before the Industrial Revolution occupied the ridge towards Rochdale. Nearby street names – High Street and Cheapside – identify the old town. Cottage silk weaving was practised in the surrounding area.
St Leonard’s Church, Middleton
Old Market Place Blue Plaque
Old Market Place 1791
Facing this plaque was the Old Market Place. Lord Suffield obtained a Market Charter from George III in 1791 to hold a weekly market and three annual fairs. Suffield built warehouses, a market house and shambles at his own expense.
27 Long Street, Middleton
The Roebuck Blue Plaque The Roebuck Public House C. 1814 The first Roebuck Public House was built in 1660 on the Old Market Place and moved in 1783 to the ‘New Wall (now No 5 South Parade). During that time it was a key stop for horse-drawn coach and mail services throughout the north of England.…
Jim Allen Blue Plaque
Jim Allen 1926-1999
Middleton writer and playwright was self taught in this and other libraries. “my only regret when I die will be the books I have not read”
Middleton Library, Long Street.