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.
Fashion Corner Blue Plaque Fashion Corner 1922 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…
Kenion Street Music Building Blue Plaque 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…
Blue Bell Inn Blue Plaque (Red) Blue Bell Inn Grade II Listed Building 1745-1911 One of only four public houses listed in the 1626 Manor Survey of Rochdale. The Blue Bell (rebuilt 1745) derives its name from the medieval church bell traditionally painted blue. 20 Newgate, Rochdale Joe Kozarzewski where was it exactly Paul Jones Outside…
Church of Saint Edmund Blue Plaque Church of Saint Edmund Grade I Listed 1870- 1873 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…
Union Flag Inn
Grade II Listed Building
In 1745 a confrontation between the forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the town authorities took place here. Built as a residence it is a particularly early instance of accomplished classical architecture. Used as a bank since 1930.
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,…
Roger Fenton (1819-1869)
Pioneer Photographer and co-founder of The Royal Photographic Society was born here on the 28th March 1819
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Unveiled by Prof’ John Hannavy 28th March 2004
Some of Roger Fenton’s Photographs
Rochdale Blackwater Street Rochdale Blackwater Street, photo from Harold Howarth Are the windows being held in with scaffolding? probably tied into the rear of the building and holding the front on. Some people say health & safety has gone mad these days but Im glad I don’t have to walk in front of that shop…