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Edgar Wood architect (1860-1935) Westdene 1894

Archer Park, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Blue Bell Inn Grade II listed building 1745 and 1911 One of only four public houses listed in the 1626 Manor Survey of Rochdale. The Blue Bell (rebuilt 1746) derives its name from the medieval church bell traditionally painted blue

Yorkshire Street, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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Sir Cyril Smith MBE 1928 to 2010 Rochdale politician, MP, Councillor and Mayor also Alderman and Freeman of the Borough

Town Hall, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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The Duke of Wellington Hotel (former) Grade II Listed c.1750 Originally a wealthy wool merchant's residence, this building became the Duke of Wellington Hotel in 1810, and was the leading coach house in Rochdale for many years. In front of this hotel, the "Speaker's Corner" hosted a crowd of 8,000 following the Reform Act of 1832

Drake Street, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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Roch Bridge 1910 to 1926 The River Roch is bridged for a distance of 446 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

Roch Bridge, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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'Fashion Corner' 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 'Project House' then 'Poll Tax House'. it was renamed 'Fashion Corner' by the council in 1995 - to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Co-Op.

Drake Street, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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Champness Hall Opened 8th September 1925. This hall bears the name of Thomas Champness (1832-1905), a methodist minister and pioneer in lay training and community projects. His friend, Charles J.P. Heap founded the "Rochdale Mission" which was housed in this building, so named in commemoration of Champness. Regular worship sessions were held in the Art Deco auditorium, the centrepiece of the hall.

Drake Street, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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Rochdale Town Hall Grade I Listed Building 1871 and 1887 Architect W.H. Crossland. 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, United Kingdom

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County Court (former) Grade II Listed 1875 Originally designed as a Post Office to house the increasing demands of a growing Rochdale, this building was the County Court of Rochdale from the 1930's to 1998.

Packer Street/Fleece Street, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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Church Steps pre-1660, repaired 19th century. Possibly dating back to the 12th century, these steps have been the key route linking the town centre to the Church of St Chad for hundreds of years. Mourning relatives would climb these steps and scatter rue & rosemary in 'God's Acre' (St Chad's Churchyard) as an offering, to ease the spirits of their loved ones.

Packer Street, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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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.

The Esplanade, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood Architect (1860-1935). Fencegate And Redcroft. Born in Middleton. Woods home from 1895 to 1916. Grade II Listed Building

33 Rochdale Road, Middleton, United Kingdom

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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, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Parish School 1842 Grade II Listed Building. National school erected for St Leonard's Church by Reverend Richard Durnford (later Bishop of Chichester). Extended 1892 by Reverend T. E. Cleworth, last used as a school in 1979.

Long Street, Middleton, United Kingdom

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The Walk pre - 1824 A key part of the urban fabric of Rochdale since the industrial revolution, this narrow ‘ginnel’ (historic street) has been a well-used route in the town centre for centuries. The walk was created by the Vavasour family to obtain easy access from their house (now The Lloyds bank) to the River Roch.

The Walk, 3 South Parade, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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Touchstones Rochdale Grade II Listed (1884 - extended in 1903 and 1913) The Rochdale Town Hall fire of 1883 burned the clock tower library and led to the opening of this ‘Free Public Library’ one year later. Later expanding to include a Museum and Art Gallery, three sandstone panels representing ‘Science, Art & Literature’ were set into the front elevation. During WWII, the building accommodated a Food

Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale, United Kingdom

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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, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood Architect (1860-1935) 51-53 Rochdale Road 1900 Grade II Listed Building

51 - 53 Rochdale Road, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood architect (1860-1935) 16-46 Hilton Fold Lane 1899

16 - 46 Hilton Fold Lane, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood Architect (1860-1935) 34-48 Rochdale Road 1898

34 - 48 Rochdale Road, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood architect (1860-1935) 36 Mellalieu Street 1906 Grade II Listed Building

36 Mellalieu Street, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood Architect (1860-1935) 98 Hollin Lane

98 Hollin Lane, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood Architect (1860-1935) 31-37 Broad Street 1899

31 - 37 Broad Street, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood architect (1860-1935) Rhodes School 1884 Grade II Listed Building

Broad Street, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood Architect (1860-1935) Manchester and Salford Bank 1892 Grade II Listed Building

3 Market Place, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood architect (1860-1935) 33-37 Manchester Road 1908 Grade II Listed Building

37 Middleton Way, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood architect (1860-1935) Elm Street Schools 1908 Grade II Listed Building

Elm Street, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood architect (1860-1935) Long Street Wesleyan Church and Schools 1899 Grade II* Listed Building

Long Street, Middleton, United Kingdom

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Edgar Wood architect (1860-1935) Temple Street Baptist Church 1889 Plaque Erected in its Centenary Year 1989

Temple Street, Middleton, United Kingdom

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