Terry – Who can remember the ‘toffee made with butter’ man? He must have shouted out that phrase a thousand times a day. Its a wonder he had any voice left.
Gordon Harvey 31 December 1858 – 6 November 1922 Alexander Gordon Cummins Harvey was a Rochdale cotton manufacturer,merchant and Liberal politician. Member of Parliament for Rochdale 1906–1918 Gordon Harvey (as he was usually known) was born in Manchester and was the son of Cummins Harvey, a partner in the cotton yarn and cloth manufacturing firm of Fothergill and Harvey. Gordon…
Stump Pie Pastries – Savoury Double Crust Pies Historic A pastry case filled with minced meat with suet, sugar, salt, herbs and spices and whole eggs, dried fruit “a good quantity”, baked. Served with white wine vinegar and sugar (WM 1658, Wooley 1672) Original Recipe in WM 1658; To make a Stump Pye. Take a…
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…
John Collier Blue Plaque Near to this spot was “Tim Bobbin’s school” John Collier (1708-1786) Born in Urmston, was an apprentice dutch loom weaver who became a teacher. He lived in Milnrow most of his adult life and in 1742 became master of the school. Under the pen name of “Tim Bobbin”, he was an…
Frederick William Jackson Blue Plaque
Frederick William Jackson 1859-1918
Childhood home of the artist.
(where it should be)
360-362 Grimshaw Lane, Middleton
Peterloo Demonstration Blue Plaque
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
Charles Howarth Blue Plaque
Charles Howarth 1814-1868
Social innovator, founder member and later president of the Co-operative movement died here at 28 Wilton St. in abject poverty. Originator of the ‘Co-op Dividend’, Howarth applied in all things his passionate belief in a fair deal for the working class.
Avon Building, 1 to 14 Kay Street, Heywood
Old Market Place Blue Plaque
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
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.
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…