Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Rochdale and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

The 1950's

Going dancing in the Town hall and also at the Mecca ballroom which I believe was in Drake St.? I was Sheila Kingston in those days

A memory of Rochdale by sheilaisaac

Norden Riviera

Yes it was a sort of luxury to have the outdoor pool at Norden, people would descend upon the Riviera every weekend. For me though it was short lived as we moved to Norden in 61 and it closed in 63. I think the Tannery owned the land and the lease ran out. The Tannery later used the changing rooms etc., for storage of hides. I ...Read full memory

Drake Street

I was born in Rochdale in 1934. I attended Champness Hall Sunday School, 1940 -52, which was situated just below the Rochdale Observer offices (on the left of the photo). It was a large Methodist Central Hall with offices used by local people, a large auditorium used for concerts (eg Halle Orchestra) and public occasions (eg ...Read full memory

A memory of Rochdale by stanley.rudman