John Bright 19th century social reformer and politician is buried here in this Society of Friends burial ground. He is mainly remembered for his association with Richard Cobden in forming the Anti-Corn Law League.
Lisa LeeMy Dad bought my nurses buckle from that jewellers when I qualified in 1991
Angeline TealeButterworths jewellers, my grandmother, took me to have my ears peirced, when I was 11 years old they used a right contraception, to do the procedure, nothing like the niffty, bits of mechanisms they use today, I told her mum and dad said I could have them done. She believed me , well you can imagine my parents were furious when I arrived home with my two throbbing little ears, no sympathy there, how naughty was that ???
Jenny WentI had my engagement and wedding rings from there in the 60’s
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.
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.
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. The Earl of Uxbridge stopped here in 1817 to replace his cork leg after the Battle of Waterloo.
In 1922, this building was opened as the drapery emporium of the Rochdale Pioneers – the Fashion Corner of Rochdale. Sold to Rochdale Council in 1983, it became the ‘Project House’ then ‘ Poll Tax House’. It was renamed ‘Fashion Corner’ by the Council in 1995 – to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Co-op.
Kenion Street Music Building, Cargo Studios (first floor) 1977-84
Tractor Music (ground floor) 1977-83
Suite 16 Studios 1984-2001(both floors)
From 1977 onwards this building saw an endless stream of bands from Manchester, Liverpool and from all over the British Isles, pass through its doorways as it became the place for groups to record, and to buy and hire their equipment.
Joy Division recorded here from 1978 onwards and had their bass equipment custom built on the ground floor.
Church of Saint Edmund Blue Plaque is situated on the main gatepost of the Church
The outstanding Freemasonic architecture represents the pinnacle of James Medland and Henry Taylors’ architectural skills.
The building was funded by notable Rochdale banker, industrialist and Freemason, Albert Hudson Royds.
Peter KershawI was brought up in this “young cathedral”. It’s a pity that it is no longer functioning as a parish church, but it is wonderful to see it being preserved
Paul BradyHi we visited on an open day last year. The place is stunning and you made us feel very welcome as you showed us round. My sister came up from Stockport the same weekend (without me knowing!) and she loved it too, regards
Originally used by stages calling at the Falcon Inn for changes of horses and stabling. It overlooks the square in which an ancient fair was held. Restored by the Coach House trust, a group representing local voluntary organisations and commerce 1980-1988.