Littleborough Toll House Blue Plaque Toll House C. 1824 Summary of tolls on the Blackstone Edge Turnpike Road from the Act of 1735. The Toll prices were displayed on a board above the door. Every drove of calves, hogs, sheep or lamb 5d Every drove of dren or neat cattle per score 10d Every coach,…
Town Hall Blue Plaque
Town Hall 1871-87
Grade I Listed Building
Following a disastrous fire in 1883 the tower was rebuilt in 1887 to designs by A. Waterhouse.
Nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture.
The Esplanade, Rochdale
John Bright Blue Plaque John Bright 1811-89 John Bright 19th century social reformer and politician is buried here in this Society of Friends burial ground. He is mainly remembered for his association with Richard Cobden in forming the Anti-Corn Law League. Wall of the “Society of Friends” (Quaker’s) Burial Ground, George Street/Ball Street, Rochdale Alison…
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…
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.…
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…
Saint Chads Vicarage Blue Plaque
Saint Chad’s Vicarage
Grade II Listed Building Circa 1726
Built for the Reverend Dunster, the design was based on a similar house in London.
Union Flag Inn Blue Plaque
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 Blue Plaque
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.
Remembrance Gardens Blue Plaque
Rochdale Remembrance Gardens
These gardens were constructed by the County Borough of Rochdale in compliance with a decision of the towns meeting called by the then Mayor (Councillor Norman Richards Woolfenden J.P.) on 14th April 1947. A fitting Memorial to the Gallant fallen of the 1939-1945 War.
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,…
Wet Rake Gardens Blue Plaque
Wet Rake Gardens c.1909
Marking the top of this historic shopping street, Wet Rake Gardens replaced the Union Foundry, once owned by iron and brass founders John Halstead & Co.
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