A purple Gracie Fields plaque on the wall of the Town Hall.
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  1. The prehistoric garden in front of the town hall.
    Discover the plants that outlived the dinosaurs.
  2. The bog garden at Queen's Park.
    Prehistoric bog gardens showcase some of the plants and animals that were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. They were created to celebrate Dippy the dinosaur's visit in 2020.
  3. The bog garden at Truffet Park.
    Prehistoric bog gardens showcase some of the plants and animals that were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. They were created to celebrate Dippy the dinosaur's visit in 2020.
  4. Ellenroad Engine House
    Built in 1892 on the banks of the River Beal, the Ellenroad cotton mill produced fine cotton yarn using mule spinning.
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  5. Dating back to the 16th century this fascinating half-timbered building is still a popular and comfortable pub.
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  6. 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.
  7. Touchstones Rochdale.
    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.
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  8. Exterior of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.
    The Rochdale Pioneers Museum is widely regarded as the home of the worldwide Co-operative movement.
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  9. This museum celebrates the significant role the region has played in fire brigades and fire engineering. It boasts a large collection of vintage fire engines as well as medals, equipment, photographs and more.
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  10. Rochdale Town Hall.
    Rochdale Town Hall is widely regarded as one of the finest Victorian town halls in Britain.
  11. 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.
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  12. 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.