Lomax Street Rochdale

Lomax Street Rochdale

Lomax Street Rochdale, photo from Harold Howarth

Lomax Street



5 October 2013 at 14:17
  John Francis Durkin parrs builders on left
5 October 2013 at 14:19
  Rochdale Past, Present & Future. the pub opposite went earlier this year

5 October 2013 at 14:25

  Rochdale Past, Present & Future. a lovely building too….

5 October 2013 at 14:25

  Kath Severs The pub was The Britannia and it has now been demolished………along with half of Rochdales Heritage!!

5 October 2013 at 17:49

  Gary Osbaldeston I have been told the Britannia was sold on eBay and it’s has been shipped to America
5 October 2013 at 15:26
  Rochdale Past, Present & Future. It was taken down block by block so that is probably correct, everything was numbered
  Tracey Tuksa Was the pub called the Foundry ?

5 October 2013 at 14:25

  Inez Ainsworth Its Lomax street the Britannia was my home for 20 + years shame its gone very sad
10 October 2013 at 00:50
  Olive Whipp I think John is right … Lomax St …
5 October 2013 at 14:54
  Olive Whipp St, Pat’s at the top …
5 October 2013 at 14:56
  June Eves Used to work at Crittalls opposite St Pats school.
5 October 2013 at 17:28
  Marie Merchant Went to St Pats at the top of the street.
5 October 2013 at 14:51
  Pat Merchant Brady Used to go to the Britannia many many years ago when Dave and Inness had it.
5 October 2013 at 15:43
  Elizabeth Macpherson I think the pub was ‘Britannia Inn’ Tracey.
5 October 2013 at 14:32
  John Francis Durkin lomax st
5 October 2013 at 14:25
  Bernice Rhodes keep the pics coming
12 October 2013 at 20:43
  Ian B Graham ”Foundry”
5 October 2013 at 19:30
5 October 2013 at 14:26
  Margaret Jones Is this Elliot Street or Lomax St I know St Patricks school is on one and St Patricks church is on the other. I also remember. Cooney’s sweet shop on the corner outside of St Patricks school. They sold every conceivable sweet ever made.
5 October 2013 at 20:37

First Carcraft Showroom

First Carcraft Showroom

First Carcraft Showroom situated on Molesworth Street, Rochdale.

Photo from Harold Howarth

First Carcraft Showroom


 Rochdale Past, Present & Future. Is this the first Carcraft garage?
30 August 2013 at 08:59


  Javed Chowdry Yes. They also had that Motor spares shop on Entwistle Road near the Texaco petrol station before they got big headed.
30 August 2013 at 09:01


  Ian B Graham Frank wasnt big headed, just a shrewd business man !
15 September 2013 at 23:17
  Mark Wild Sorry what do you mean “big headed”?


  Mark Wild I now live in Florida but remember carcraft and Saw them get bigger, ate they still going?
30 August 2013 at 11:32


  David Garside Ditto previous comments !!!
30 August 2013 at 10:25



  Jean Hiles I think it looks like Molesworth St, the Brewery up on the left hand side with the chimney?
4 September 2013 at 09:28


  Mark Smith I used to work here at Carcraft in the 80s, they moved to Castleton and the McKee family sold out. They have branches all over the UK now. Noel and Darren McKee, the sons of Frank now own Webuyanycar.com
2 September 2013 at 15:49


  Ian B Graham My wife Anne was the first car sales woman in Lancashire as Frank was so proud to announce…..
15 September 2013 at 23:15


  Gillian Prowse yep they still going… got bigger and bigger – got quite a few branches now.
30 August 2013 at 20:08


  Neil Edwards my mum worked at bescos making cleaning cloths
30 August 2013 at 20:01


  Jim Buckley Bet those VW Kombi vans are still going!
30 August 2013 at 14:40


  Kathryn Fallows Jack Baron had the servicing at the Esso garage.
30 August 2013 at 13:43


  Nichola Ashton molesworth street?
30 August 2013 at 09:15



  Bryan Clark used to work in that mill at the back
30 August 2013 at 15:17


  Darren Eves yes!
30 August 2013 at 09:01

Motorists Supermarket Rochdale

Motorists Supermarket Rochdale

Motorists Supermarket Rochdale, photo from Harold Howarth

Motorist Supermarket


Motorists Supermarket



  Tony Nixon I *think* this is looking along Entwisle Road at the junction of Halifax Road. To bottom left of the pic would now be the Texaco garage. The Motorist’s Supermarket is the humble beginnings of Carcraft.
30 August 2013 at 03:26



  Tim Wrigley Yes the Motorist Supermarket Shop is Where Frank McKee Started is Empire {Carcraft}..
30 August 2013 at 14:11
  Steve Wild yep your right it is entwistle rd remember it well.
30 August 2013 at 09:51


30 August 2013 at 08:57


  Kath Severs I used to work for Frank McKee who owned the Motorist Supermarket along with the “Little One” petrol station at Heybrook Corner and the petrol station that was at the end of Water Street before he went on to be “Carcraft” car sales. Happy Days.
30 August 2013 at 07:56


  Raees Mahmood Khan I love this Facebook page! I’ve heard my dad talk about these places since I was knee-high to a grasshopper! The early days of Carcraft etc! It’s amazing to actually see them now as he did when he first came to Rochdale!
2 September 2013 at 02:41


  Tim Wrigley I used to work for Frank at Carcraft.. Really nice Bloke.. His Sons Noel, Darren and Daughter Mandy all run it now.. Noel being the Main Man..
30 August 2013 at 14:14


  Tony Nixon I went to school with Frank’s lad Darren. Eeee how the world goes round
30 August 2013 at 09:25


  Forshaw Accrington Smythe Wonder if that’s my dads Hillman Hunter estate outside. Grasshopper Green it was. Dad was always buying bits in there for it. lol
30 August 2013 at 09:24

DK1 Rochdale

DK1 Rochdale


DK1 Rochdale. Taken May 1989, photo from Harold Howarth


1 September at 18:28


 Rochdale Past, Present & Future. No reason to ever get rid of a car like this, in perfect nick it would only go up in value and create a much better impression in my opinion……so what if it drinks juice lol
1 September at 18:30 


  Geoff Haslam Civic Pride….another fading memory!
1 September at 19:44


  Rochdale Past, Present & Future.Thank you, “Civic Pride” is exactly what we need more of Geoff
1 September at 21:14


  Keith Bamford DK 1 is still Rochdale’s Mayors car but not a Daimler DS420 unfortunately
1 September at 18:56



  Neil Matthews DK1 is now the number of the Mayor of Stockport I believe. DK as a suffix/prefix got moved to Stockport. A travesty!
1 September at 18:29


  James Earnshaw Hi. It’s still on the Volvo used by the Mayor of Rochdale.
1 September at 18:54


  Neil Matthews Ah shame they took the reg away – typical bureaucracy
1 September at 19:25


  Dave Hill DK as a registration became absorbed into (Greater) Manchester after 1974 which is why you see it on a Stockport car. DB was one of the original Stockport registrations along with JA.
1 September at 21:31


  Pat Merchant Brady Those were the days. Gone, but never forgotten .
2 September at 05:13


  Clive Rushton Totally agree. The Mayor’s car should be DK1 forever. I remember when it was a RR. Now I drive DK 1 CR.
1 September at 23:07


  Bev Calvert My dad used to drive DK1, it was his pride and joy!
1 September at 20:05


  Alison Jones was it DK1
5 September at 11:33


  Agnes Bilton Has he parked in a KEEP CLEAR area . perhaps he can’t read.
2 September at 15:49


  Alex Titley daimler
2 September at 08:59

Oldham Road around 1975

Oldham Road around 1975

Oldham Road around 1975. Photo kindly supplied by Joyce Jones.

 Oldham Road around 1975

Another one for the Oldham Road collection? Around 1975?
— in Rochdale.


31 December 2013 at 15:00


  John Michael May Looks like liverpool now a days!
31 December 2013 at 15:01


 Rochdale Past, Present & Future.Liverpool has come a long way in recent years, wish we had their success at of bidding for things
31 December 2013 at 15:04


  Rochdale Past, Present & Future. not even sure if we bid for anything
31 December 2013 at 15:04


  John Michael May I’ve not seen Rochdale in many a year, I hear the town centre is virtually closed, but that’s the times we live in. I used to go to school on Oldham road, at Bishop Henshaws. Just opposite then pub with train carriage outside.
31 December 2013 at 15:14


  Rochdale Past, Present & Future. The carriage has gone too sorry, but we found out where it is, there is a photo on here somewhere
31 December 2013 at 15:16


  John Michael May The centre has, areas like anfield, Prescott road, edge lane still look like this in places.
31 December 2013 at 15:06


  Rochdale Past, Present & Future. this looks much better here than this today
31 December 2013 at 15:11


  Jazz Nuttall Tracey White
6 April at 15:18


  John Michael May Yeah I saw the carriage on the photos here.
31 December 2013 at 15:27

The Olde Boars Head Middleton

The Olde Boars Head Middleton

The Olde Boars Head Public House, Middleton

The Olde Boars Head Middleton



  Rochdale Past, Present & Future. on the main Road into Middleton opposite the Library ish
13 July at 18:39
  Deena Brooks Middleton and believe it or not its not Rochdale Past, Present & Future.
13 July at 20:55
  Sarah Duty Is it true there are secret passages linking it to the churchyard/library or somewhere, can’t remember the details? Used to love looking at this building when we went past on the bus when I was little and my mum told me about the secret passages. Hope it is true
14 July at 11:57
  Nikolai Brooks The Boars Head
13 July at 21:36
  Kevin Potter on the way to mid from hopwood collage
13 July at 18:38
  Jayne Aggiemoo-QuietOne Preston Where’s this?,x
13 July at 18:31


  Dylan Nelson is that middleton
13 September 2013 at 22:13
13 September 2013 at 23:38
14 September 2013 at 19:43
  David Thomas Ye olde boars head!!!
13 September 2013 at 22:28
  Sheila Moran great pub in its time
13 September 2013 at 22:28
  Ste Moran Think it is pal
13 September 2013 at 22:15
  Ian B Graham Allegedly haunted by a Cavalier !
15 September 2013 at 20:22
  Todd Galloway Anyone ever been in there? What’s it like?
13 September 2013 at 22:24
  Bobby-joe Cardwell Leach Old boars head
13 September 2013 at 22:23
  Dylan Nelson looks clean for middleton !!
13 September 2013 at 22:15
  Keith Rothwell old boars head middleton. oldest pub in midd.
14 September 2013 at 20:47
  Margaret Colley Wow!! What age is this place???
14 September 2013 at 16:50
  Beryl Schofield Lovely pub this, my son came from Canada on a visit and we went in there, he was so interested the Landlord gave him a run down on the history, he was very helpful
14 September 2013 at 12:56
  Janine Tot Martin Love this as a building…can guarantee if it would Have been built in rochdale centre it would have been long gone…
14 September 2013 at 10:11
  Margaret Jones been in a couple of times nice place rumor has it that in the old days there was a tunnel that went across the street tthe church dont know how true it is does anyone else know
14 September 2013 at 08:36
  Susan Buckley great photo
14 September 2013 at 08:15
  Peter Heys would love to go to yet theres a reason l dont
14 September 2013 at 01:46
  Lynne Walsh I used to go in here 30 years ago. It was great. Glad to see it’s still going
14 September 2013 at 00:37
  Michelle Kellett Been there a few times when Middleton had a St John Ambulance Division next door, long time ago.
14 September 2013 at 00:01
  Cathryn Moore Old boars head x
13 September 2013 at 23:13
  Ron Slattery top boozer
13 September 2013 at 22:56
  Jen Taylor Enjoyed an occasional drink in there late 60’s early 70’s!
13 September 2013 at 22:38
  Robert Hunter Collinson Old morgue or summat ?
13 September 2013 at 22:27
  Helen Lord This is just down the road from me. Me & my Aunt went for a quickie (a drink people) in there in a fortnight ago. I’d not been before… Really nice place !
13 September 2013 at 22:25
  Tania Davies yes
13 September 2013 at 22:14


Rialto Cinema Rochdale

“whilst famous for thier industry and thrift, Rochdale people are removed from misery, and it seems a fairly pure prophecy that not a single unit of the twenty five thousand homes will resist the appeal of the stately Rialto pleasure house”

Rialto Cinema Rochdale

Rialto Cinema Rochdale. The Rialto cinema built by R & T Howarth Ltd. and opened by Gracie Fields on 27th August 1928. One of the eleven cinemas serving Rochdale. It was bought by the Rank organisation in the 1950s and renamed The Odeon, and converted into a Bingo hall in 1979. It was badly damaged by fire in February 1981 and demolished in April 1981.

Rialto Cinema Rochdale

An extract from Paul Wild’s study of recreation in Rochdale:

“On 26 March 1928 the Victory Super Cinema was opened, making a total of nine commercially run cinemas within a one mile radius of the Town Hall, each showing twice nightly or continuous programmes plus matinees. Six months later the Rialto (Rialto Cinema Rochdale Ltd), with directors Madigan, Close, Lord and Hoyle was opened with a film called “Dawn”. Full programmes started at 2.45, 6.45 and 8.45pm.; prices were 1s.3d. and 6d. Perhaps most significant was the fact that the Rialto offered a cafe and lounge plus a well-appointed cinema, with carpets and comfortable seating, The owners emphasized: “whilst famous for thier industry and thrift, Rochdale people are removed from misery, and it seems a fairly pure prophecy that not a single unit of the twenty five thousand homes will resist the appeal of the stately Rialto pleasure house”.

The following photos were taken during the cinemas demolition and were kindly supplied by Harold Howarth.


  Catherine Kelly Cunnane I met a couple of dates outside here. Really stingy ones met you inside, you didn’t usually see them again! Brill days.
15 August at 05:28


  Colin Fitton Saw James Bond films there. Queued up around the corner!
15 August at 05:27


  Steve Ashworth I remember it was far more ornate and grand than the Regal (ABC).
15 August at 07:56


  Susan Kitson Remember queuing for sound of music around the corner
15 August at 09:14


  John Lord Another mysterious fire in Rochdale, surprise surprise, it seems like the easiest way for developers to get their own way.
15 August at 17:38


  Jean Pickersgill Had regular seats every week 1950s
15 August at 16:52


  Gloria Slyne Catherine I am with you on that meeting outside the Odeon or the Regal wondering if they would turn up and always expecting them to pay, does not happen now
15 August at 12:10


  Sandra Hepworth Worked here one school holidays – and never bought a hotdog there again! ( you don’t want to know ) …
15 August at 10:58


  Jenny Went When I was a little girl (1950s) there was a cafe next to the cinema on Drake St. When it was my birthday my mum used to take me there for an ice cream served in a little silver dish!
15 August at 09:56


  Davros Hopwood Snuck into me first X film there, Enter the Dragon…yeah !
15 August at 08:55


  BrennanandSharon Rushton Javed Chowdry it was at the top of drake street across from the citizen pub on the same land as MFI building was
15 August at 08:42


  Nicola Holt Used to go to kids film club
15 August at 07:34


  Geoffrey Graham Sweeney Can anyone name the other 10 cinemas ?
16 August at 17:00


  Paul Swinbourne Remember seeing planet of the apes there..
15 August at 21:58


  Steve Smith I saw Snow White and the seven … That which hey
15 August at 18:02


  Linda Robinson Remember it well!
15 August at 14:37


  Meg Barlow I had my 1st date there with my ex husband,can’t remember the film
15 August at 10:07


  Carole Talks Wasnt that the odean
15 August at 09:26


  Bridget Roe Saw Jaws there!
15 August at 08:24


  Javed Chowdry Where was it? I can’t picture it?
15 August at 08:22


  Jen Taylor Happy days!
15 August at 09:17


  Denis Williams R&T Howarth……great Rochdale company which went into receivership. Allegedly for unpaid debts, which were less than Rochdale Corporation owed them for work done.
15 August at 15:19

Fire Station Alfred Street Rochdale

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Fire Station Alfred Street Rochdale

Fire and Ambulance Station, Alfred Street, Rochdale.

Fire Station Edward Street Rochdale

Photos taken in 1975 and kindly supplied by Harold Howarth

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Yorkshire Street John Street Rochdale

Yorkshire Street John Street Rochdale

Yorkshire Street and John Street, Rochdale 11th September 1978

Yorkshire Street John Street Rochdale
Photo from Harold Howarth



  Tracey Tuksa Top of Yorkshire St. John St crossing it.
30 August 2013 at 14:20



  Javed Chowdry Bread van dropping off at the old Kwik Save I bet.
30 August 2013 at 14:55



  Reginald Boothy used to catch no.16 to whitworth just off to the right,next to what was lennons then I think,on my way home from school in wardle
3 October 2013 at 23:55


  Marie Merchant Used to like St Johns Tavern, so cute!
30 August 2013 at 14:31


  Jim Buckley St JAMES Tavern? Robinsons house? Had my 18th birthday party in there.
30 August 2013 at 14:36


  Richard Hornby I COULD ONLY FIND THIS…The tavern is the building on the left in the picture.
30 August 2013 at 15:55


  Tracey Tuksa I think !
30 August 2013 at 14:23


  Paul Hayhurst Sorento a bit further down on the right, sausage egg chips and a large coffee erm please can I have the sausage WELL DONE?
30 August 2013 at 17:14


  Darren Eves Correct Tracy!
30 August 2013 at 14:24