A purple Gracie Fields plaque on the wall of the Town Hall.
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  1. Ellenroad Engine House
    Built in 1892 on the banks of the River Beal, the Ellenroad cotton mill produced fine cotton yarn using mule spinning.
    1. 1 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  2. Dating back to the 16th century this fascinating half-timbered building is still a popular and comfortable pub.
    1. 1 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  3. A steam train billowing smoke as it clears a tunnel.
    A 12 mile heritage railway based in Bury, operating steam and diesel train rides through charming villages and picturesque scenery. The well-equipped stations boast cafés, pubs, gift shops and more.
  4. Touchstones
    Full of fun activities for the kids, fascinating facts for adults and, for the not so young, a chance to share some cherished memories. Come and discover Rochdale's past and, perhaps, help shape its future.
    1. 1 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  5. Exterior of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.
    The Rochdale Pioneers Museum is widely regarded as the home of the worldwide Co-operative movement.
    1. 1 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  6. Fireground.
    Explore the fascinating history of firefighting in Greater Manchester
    1. 1 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  7. Rochdale Town Hall.
    Rochdale Town Hall is widely regarded as one of the finest Victorian town halls in Britain. Live tours are currently suspended due to renovations but you can still take a virtual tour.
  8. St Leonard's Parish Church, Middleton.
    St Leonard's dates predominantly from 1524, but still retains a tower and porch from Cardinal Langley's church built in 1412, together with traces of a Norman church.
    1. 1 Apr 202330 Sep 2023
  9. A plaque commemorating Tractor Sound Studios in Heywood.
    Blue plaques celebrate famous people, places and historic events in the borough of Rochdale. Purple plaques in Rochdale borough celebrate Dame Gracie Fields and mark places of significance in her life.
  10. The memorial plaque on Cotton Famine Road, text reading In memory of the Rochdale millworkers who supported the struggle against slavery during the American Civil War.
    A historic link to the past as well as a stunning walking route through an unspoilt landscape.
  11. Interesting things to know about the borough of Rochdale
    The borough of Rochdale is steeped in history. Find out more fascinating facts on how it shaped the world.