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…
Jessie Fothergill Blue Plaque
Jessie Fothergill 1851-1891
Novelist who captured the lives of working people in the local cotton mills in the 19th century. Lived for some years in a house near-by.
New England Furniture shop, Todmorden Road, Littleborough
Enid Stacy Blue Plaque
Enid Stacy 1868-1903
International and local speaker and writer on the welfare of working people and women’s right to vote lived in Calderbrook Vicarage and worshipped at St. James with her husband the Reverend Percy Wildrington.
St James Church, Calderbrook Road (right gatepost)
Royal Oak Blue Plaque Royal Oak Blue Plaque is now “Black” for some reason? Royal Oak P.H. Late 18th century. An original posting inn with stables and large land holdings, used by the famous dialect writer Tim Bobbin as the base of his work “a view of the Lancashire Dialect”. G. Stephenson, the railway engineer,…
The Butts Avenue The Butts Avenue, leading to Bull Brow Jen Taylor Looking a little like York?! Gordon Monks The Grapes (extreme left) closed! (I don’t know why, but the Grapes always had a bad reputation in my youth.) Bev Hughes I remember that shop! Kath Parrington Bull brow has been painted it looks neat,…
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…
Peter Cowap Blue Plaque
Peter Cowap 1944-1997
The home of Middleton singer songwriter and guitarist par excellence. “Every night’s a Saturday night’.
Inside the Old Boar’s Head, Middleton
Frederick William Jackson Blue Plaque
Frederick William Jackson 1859-1918
Childhood home of the artist.
(where it should be)
360-362 Grimshaw Lane, Middleton
Middleton Hall Blue Plaque
Site of Middleton Hall
Home of the Lords of Middleton.
Middleton Arena, Corporation Street, Middleton
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
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