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The Rt. Hon. John Frederick Cheetham (1835-1916) Born in Stalybridge MP for Stalybridge from 1905 to 1910 In 1897 Mr Cheetham presented to the town the public library now known as The Astley Cheetham Public Library and Arts Gallery. In recognition of this, he was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Stalybridge. His generosity continued after his death with the bequest of his home Eastwood House and his art collection, now known as The Astley Cheetham Collection. Sadly the house was demolished but the grounds remain as Cheetham Park.

Library, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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Joshua Bradley (1817 - 1898) Born in Further Lane, Hattersley and former resident of Mottram Road, Hyde. Donor of the Clock & Bells for Hyde Town Hall in October 1884 and former Hyde Councillor 'It is better to be nobly remembered than nobly born'

Town Hall, Hyde, United Kingdom

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Arthur Herbert Procter V.C. 1890-1973 Born in Bootle. Awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in the first World War. Later ordained priest and was vicar of St. Stephen's Church, Flowery Field from 1933-1944. and rector of St. Mary's Church, Droylsden from 1946-1951.

St Stephen's Church, Hyde, United Kingdom

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Joshua Bradley (1817-1898) Lived here until his death in 1898 Donor of the Clock & Bells for Hyde Town Hall in October 1884 and former Hyde Councillor (Born in Further Lane, Hattersley) 'It is better to be nobly remembered than nobly born'

209, Mottram Road, Godley, Hyde, United Kingdom

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Robert and Margaret Platt

Woodlands, Mottram Road, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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Harry Pollitt 1890-1960 Former General Secretary and Chairman of the British Communist Party. Born in Droylsden.

Library, Droylsden, United Kingdom

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The Q Inn. The public house with the shortest name in the United Kingdom. Certified by the Guinness Book of Records 1995

Market Street, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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Joseph Rayner Stephens 1805-1879 Trained in the Ministry Joseph Rayner Stephens came to Ashton in 1832. He became an important Chartist Leader who campaigned against the Poor Law and for factory reform. His greatness was in his instinctive reaction to human distress and social injustice. In later life he lived in Stalybridge where he established a People's School and is buried in St John's Church, Dukinfield

Town Hall Frontage, Waterloo Road, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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Ada Jane Summers MBE, JP (1861-1944) First woman councillor in Tameside and elected first Woman Mayor of Stalybridge in November 1919 A month later Mrs Summers was sworn in as a magistrate, becoming the first woman to adjudicate on an English Bench. In October 1920 she was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Boroughs' magisterial duties. Known locally as "The Lady Bountiful", Mrs Summers had many interested and was president of a variety of groups and societies. Her admirable work for the town gained her an MBE On May 31st 1939, the town council made her an honourable freeman on the Borough

Civic Hall, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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James Kirk VC 1897-1918 Lived here as a young man. Awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in the First World War which tragically cost him his life.

530 Edge Lane, Droylsden, United Kingdom

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The First General Strike, 1842 Originated in this area, beginning as a movement of resistance to the imposition of wage cuts in the mills, also known as the 'Plug Riots' it spread to involve nearly half a million workers throughout Britain and represented the biggest single exercise of working class strength in nineteenth century Britain.

Town Hall Frontage, Waterloo Road, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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Gibbon Mitchell (1869-1945) Born here into a family of Chartists, Gibbon became a Fabian and a Pioneer Socialist, later working alongside his wife Hannah in the Co-operative Movement, also gaining the vote for all. A man who never sought glory.

Malakoff Street, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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Samuel Laycock 1826-1893 A dialect poet whose work presents a vivid impression of mid-nineteenth century working class life. He drew on his personal experience in the cotton industry. He came to Stalybridge aged eleven. He was the librarian at the Mechanics Institute from 1865 until 1871. His best loved poems are 'Bowton's Yard' and 'Bonny Brid', both written in Stalybridge.

Hob Hill Mews, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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Tameside's First Co-Op, 1856 Site of the earliest known Co-operative Society in Tameside, which followed the principles of Co-operation initiated in 1844 by the Rochdale Co-operative Pioneers, founders of the International Co-operative Movement Following a fire, this store was re-built in November 2002

Arundel Street, Mossley, United Kingdom

Andrew Moynihan VC 1831-1867 Awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the Crimean War. Honoured here on his return to Dukinfield in 1856.

Old Road, Astley Arms, Chapel Hall, Dukinfield, United Kingdom

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Arthur Herbert Procter VC 1890-1973 born in Bootle. Awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in the First World War. Later ordained priest and served at St. Stephen's Church, Hyde and from 1946-1951 as Rector of St. Mary's Church, Droylsden.

St Mary's Church, Droylsden, United Kingdom

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Tameside Hippodrome 1904-2004 Celebrating one hundred years of entertainment Unveiled by Mr. Ken Dodd on 30th october 2004

40 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Ladysmith Barracks An army barracks has stood on this site since 1845. It was the home of the Manchester Regiment from 1881-1958.

Ladysmith Barracks Gateway, Mossley Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

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Astley Deep Pit Disaster

Woodbury Crescent, Dukinfield, United Kingdom

Lawrence Stephen Lowry 1887-1976 The famous North Country artist L. S. Lowry lived here from 1948 until his death in 1976. The paintings of Lowry document the lives of ordinary people in the industrial communities of the North West.

The Elms, Stalybridge Road, Mottram in Longdendale, United Kingdom

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Sergeant William Booth 1893-1958 Born in Stalybridge Served in the 20th Manchester Regiment during the First World War Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal and Italian Silver Medal for Military Valour "His courage and energy inspired and won the admiration of all"

Library, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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Sir Edmund Shaa Lord Mayor of London, 1482 A man of Mottram who found fortune in London. He founded Stockport Grammar School and Woodhead Chapel. He financed the building of Mottram Church Tower.

Church Brow, Mottram in Longdendale, United Kingdom

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Eli Whalley Donkey Stone Manufacturers The firm of Eli Whalley, the last mass producer of donkey stones in the country, closed early in 1979 and was based here at Donkey Stone Wharf. Donkey stones are scouring stones, named after the trade-mark of one of the earliest firms, Reads of Manchester, and were cream, brown and white. Originally used to put non-slip surface on greasy stone staircases in the mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire and later by proud housewives, who made stoning the front door step a form of decoration and competition. Eli Whalley's trade-mark, the "lion brand", impressed on the stones was taken from a photograph of live specimen in Belle Vue Zoo.

Lower Wharf Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

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Francis Lovell (1454-1487) Lord of Longdendale, favourite of Richard III, his Chief Butler and Chamberlain of the household. Fought at the Battle of Bosworth on 22 August 1485 and later in an abortive uprising against Henry VII. Following the Battle of Stoke, Lovell's body was not found, but there is a tradition that in 1708 his body was discovered in a chamber at Minster Lovell, his home near Oxford. When exposed to the fresh air, the skeleton crumbled to dust.

Mottram Court House, Jackson Street, Mottram in Longdendale, United Kingdom

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Lawrence Earnshaw 1707-1767 ingenious inventor born in Mottram. He created an elaborate astronomical clock. A modest man who did not seek fame. This building houses a clock bearing his name and a monument to him stands in Mottram Courtyard.

Mottram Court House, Mottram in Longdendale, United Kingdom

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Lillian Buckoke neƩ Urmston

St Paul's Primary School, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

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Harry Rutherford 1903-1985 The artist Harry Rutherford lived here, keeping a studio next door. Rutherford liked to paint popular entertainments - music halls, theatres, pubs, the circus and the cinema and sketched for his own television programmes in the 1930s and 1950s.

Town Hall, Hyde, United Kingdom

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A Woman of Denton

Town Hall, Denton, United Kingdom

Albert Hill VC 1895-1971 Awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during the Somme Offensive in the First World War. Lived in Denton from 1907-1923.

Memorial Gardens, Denton, United Kingdom

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Denton Town Twinning

Former Town Hall, Denton, United Kingdom

Crimean War (1854-56) This Plaque is in honour of the local men of Tameside who served in the Crimean War. The bridge was built in the first year of the War and was named after first major battle, the Battle of Alma, fought by the British and French against an unsuccessful Russian Army. Alma Bridge also served as a Toll Bar and monies were collected until 26th June 1902. Unveiled by Executive Leader of Tameside Counsil, Councillor Roy Oldham CBE on 23rd April 2002

Alma Bridge, Dukinfield, United Kingdom

The Hyde Colliery Explosion 18th January 1889 This plaque is located near to the site where a horrific gas explosion in the Hyde Lane Coal Pit killed 23 men and seriously injured 5 more victims. The inquest recorded that the explosion took place at some distance from a shaft, which was known as the "Two Foot Level" shortly after 7.00 am. The verdict reported that the incident was accidental and was started by the site of naked lights by the miners. Unveiled by Councillor Joe Kitchen, Cabinet Deputy of Lifelong Learning on February 21st 2001.

Canal Towpath, off Manchester Road, Hyde, United Kingdom

The Norfolk Arms Disaster 1st April 1829. This plaque is located on the former site of The Norfolk Arms, where an appalling disaster took place during the depression of the cotton trade. The catastrophe occurred when almost 700 operatives met to discuss a threat by employers to reduce their wages. 29 men and women were killed, with many more injured, when the floor of the room collapsed, leaving the unfortunate victims to crash into the cellar.

former site of The Norfolk Arms, Hyde, United Kingdom

Harry Rutherford 1903-1985 The artist Harry Rutherford lived here, keeping a studio next door. Rutherford liked to paint popular entertainments - music halls, theatres, pubs, the circus and the cinema and sketched for his own television programmes in the 1930s and 1950s.

17, Nelson Street, Hyde, United Kingdom

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John Frederick La Trobe Bateman

Mottram Tunnel, Mottram in Longdendale, United Kingdom

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Ashton Market Hall

Market Hall, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

Henry Vollam Morton (1892-1979) International Journalist and Travel Writer born in Ashton-under-Lyne. Morton's work captured the spirit of England and other great countries from the 1920's to the 1960's and provided a great literary contribution throughout those five decades. He reported the discovery of the Tutankhamun tomb in 1923 and the historic meeting between Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt in 1941. He has travelled 'around like a magpie, picking up bright things that pleased him' and recorded them for our pleasure.

Henry Square, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

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In honour of these valiant men of Tameside awarded the Victoria Cross John Buckley 1813-1876 William Thomas Forshaw 1890-1943 Albert Hill 1895-1971 James Kirk 1897-1918 Andrew Moynihan 1831-1867 Arthur Herbert Procter 1890-1973 Harry Norton Schofield 1865-1931 Ernest Sykes 1885-1949

Town Hall, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

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Harry Norton Schofield VC 1865-1931 Originated from Audenshaw. Awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in the Boer War in 1899.

Ryecroft Hall, Audenshaw, United Kingdom

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Austin Hopkinson 1879-1962 Local industrialist, inventor and M.P. for Mossley, Bought Ryecroft Hall (originally built in 1849/50) in 1913. Hopkinson, owner of Delta Engineering, presented Ryecroft Hall to Audenshaw UDC in 1920. It is now used by Tameside MBC and the local community.

Ryecroft Hall, Audenshaw, United Kingdom

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Bill Sowerbutts (1911-1990) broadcaster and market gardener. Bill became a very talented vegetable grower from an early age. He rose to fame in 1947 with his regular appearances on the famous radio show "Gardeners Question Time" which he did for 36 years. Bill loved his 10 acre wildlife garden here at his home in 'Etherow Lodge'. This garden was transferred to Tameside Council in 1984 for the public to enjoy.

Etherow Lodge, Hollingworth, United Kingdom

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Gardeners Question Time (1947) The first programme of Gardeners Question Time was broadcast from the Broadoak Hotel in the 'singing room' on April 9th 1947. Originally named "How does you garden grow?", it was an offshoot of the war time Dig for Victory campaign. On the first panel were Bill Sowerbutts, Fred Loads, Tom Clark and Dr E. W. Sansome. The programme is still broadcast today to thousands of listeners.

The Broadoak Hotel, 69 Broadoak Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

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Daniel Adamson

Adamson Street, Dukinfield, United Kingdom

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RQMS John Henry Code DCM

122 Droylsden Road, Audenshaw, United Kingdom

John Angier 1605-1677 A Puritan divine who was Minister of St Lawrence's for forty six years until his death in 1677. He survived the various religious upheavals of those troubled times and continued to preach the Puritan message.

St Lawrence's Church, Denton, United Kingdom

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The Church of St Lawrence. Built early Sixteenth Century and originally dedicated to St James until the discovery in the mid-nineteenth century of a stained glass window to St Lawrence. Affectionately known as 'Th' Owd Peg' because its framework was fastened together with wooden pegs. Resting place of John Angier, the famous Puritan divine and of Colonel Robert Duckenfield, Tameside's Civil War hero.

St Lawrence's Church, Denton, United Kingdom

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Lieutenant Colonel Robert Duckenfield 1619-1689 Robert Duckenfield of Dukinfield Hall, a man of great Puritan faith, distinguished himself in battle for the Parliamentary cause during the English Civil War. In 1651 he commanded the forces which secured the Isle of Man and in 1653 was appointed to Cromwell's "Little Parliament"

Town Hall, Dukinfield, United Kingdom

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Raymond Ray-Jones 1886-1942 A highly talented artist born in Ashton-under-Lyne. He was a student in this building when it was the Heginbottom School of Art.

Inside Central Library, Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

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Sister of the Holy Family of Bordeaux In recognition of their outstanding contribution to the community of Tameside Ministering to the spiritual, pastoral and educational needs of the people of the Borough This plaque marks the site of the first convent

Castle Hall Close, Stalybridge, United Kingdom

Arthur Brooke 1845-1918 Tea retailer and wholesaler. Founded Brooke, Bond & Co. Born here in George Street.

6 George Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

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