Boggart Lane Bridge Boggart Lane Bridge, this photo was taken by the site engineer in June 1934,—W.H.G.Mercer who then became Borough Surveyor in 1948. Info from Julie Whitworth This is the bridge near the entrance to Morrisons on Kingsway. It is quite confusing but as Gordon Monks pointed out on our Facebook Page Gordon Monks My thoughts are that…
Bull Baiting Bull Brow Bull Baiting, the scene of a tragic accident that caused the end of the spectacle in Rochdale Originally the front cover of a book, Rochdale As it Was By Jack Milne and John did a great job of touching it up Paul Jones The large building is where the Regal moon…
Middleton Parish School Blue Plaque
Parish School 1842
Grade II listed building
National school erected for St Leonard’s Church by Reverend Richard Dunford (later Bishop of Chichester). Extended 1892 by Reverend T.E. Cleworth. Last used as a school in 1979.
Nature’s Nursery, Long Street, Middleton
Town Hall Blue Plaque
Town Hall 1871-87
Grade I Listed Building
Following a disastrous fire in 1883 the tower was rebuilt in 1887 to designs by A. Waterhouse.
Nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture.
The Esplanade, Rochdale
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.
Roch Bridge Blue Plaque
Roch Bridge 1910 to 1926
The River Roch is bridged for a distance of 445 metres – the widest bridge in Europe. Originally dating from at least the early 17th century, it was first extended from Yorkshire Street to Wellington Bridge in 1904 and again in 1910, 1923 and 1926.
Touchstones Blue Plaque Touchstones Rochdale 1884 Touchstones Rochdale Grade II listed 1884 (extended in 1903 and 1913) The Rochdale Town Hall fire of 1883 destroyed the clock tower library and led to the opening of the purpose built ‘Free Public Library’ one year later. The library was extended to include a Museum and Art Gallery,…
County Court Blue Plaque
County Court 1875
Originally designed as a Post Office to house the increasing demands of a growing Rochdale, this building was the County Court of Rochdale from the 1930’s to 1998.
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Middleton The Old Grammar School Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Middleton was founded in 1572, and is a beautifully restored Tudor building. In 1412 Thomas Langley, Chancellor of England at the time, who was also educated in Middleton rebuilt the Parish Church and founded a charity school which became The Queen Elizabeth…
Heywood Courts Heywood Courts, photos by Mark Billington Heywood Courts, a Magistrates Court no longer in use, but you can get a feel of what they were like in these great images. The Courts were above Heywood Police Station, the police cells were in the actual Police Station and the main court, No 1 Court….…
Culverting Sudden Brook
Culverting Sudden Brook, photo by Harold Howarth
Culverting Sudden Brook, work between Ribble Street and the railway being carried out in this photo, taken 1st October 1986.
Dunsterville Manchester Road
Dunsterville Manchester Road, photo by Harold Howarth
Dunsterville Manchester Road, photo taken in September 1983
Used By Lancashire County Engineers.