Rochdale Aluminium Bronze Foundry Company
Rochdale Aluminium Bronze Foundry Company, photo from Harold Howarth
Rochdale Aluminium Bronze Foundry Company was situated at 51 Ashworth Street, Spotland Road, Rochdale. Photo taken 9th August 1979.
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 The First Free Grammar School. The building has now been restored and is used as a heritage centre.
In 1520, a priest, Thomas Mawdsley had gained such a reputation as a teacher that the Nowell Brothers, Robert and Alexander, who were from Read in Pendle came to Middleton to be educated, alongside their “Assheton” cousins of Middleton Hall. From here, they went to Brazenose College, Oxford.
Robert Nowell became a wealthy London lawyer, and Alexander entered the church and became the Dean of St Paul’s in London during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Robert Nowell, as he was dying, spoke to his brother Alexander:
“…..forget not Middleton School and Brazenose College, where we were taught in our youth, and, if you should procure anything with my money, do it in the name of the Queen whose poor servant I have been”
With the help of Lord Burleigh, Alexander Nowell was granted letters by Queen Elizabeth I on the 11th of August, 1572.
Her majesty’s actual document declared that:
“….there shall be forever a free and perpetual Grammar School within the said town and Parish of Middleton, which shall endure for all future time and shall be named “The Free School of Queen Elizabeth in Middleton”.
“….for the better informing, training and educating in good letters of the children and youths dwelling in Middleton and neighbouring parishes”
The building as it stands today was completed in 1586.
Boarshaw Road, (opposite Bardsley Street), Middleton, M24 6BR
From the A664/M62, follow signs to Middleton, head downhill to the east of Middleton Parish Church.
BOOKING NOT NECESSARY, Guides will be available to assist visitors with tours.
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…. was the only court that prisoners were taken to, direct from the cell area below. There were smaller courtrooms off the corridor in the first photo below.
The building is now called TOPS, Heywood’s old police station..is now a business centre.
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Hare Hill Park Littleborough, photo by Eileen Lawless
Hare Hill Park Littleborough, showing the bandstand that was presented to the people of Littleborough by Mr J Cryer in 1902.
Manchester Road Both Ways, photos by Harold Howarth
Manchester Road Both Ways, photos taken in June 1983
Queensway Rochdale 1971, photo by Harold Howarth
Queensway Rochdale, photo taken in 1971