Saint Josephs RC Church Heywood
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
Peterloo Demonstration 1819
The Middleton contingent congregated here in Barrowfield and marched to St Peter’s Field in Manchester led by Sam Bamford. The meeting, popularly known as “Peterloo Massacre”, was in support of the vote for the working classes. 16 Middleton people were injured.
69 Morton Street, Middleton
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…
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 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.…
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…
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.