Memories of Rochdale

Norden, Rochdale The Sixties.

I was born at 60 Moss Row, Norden Rochdale on the 10th February 1954. Moss Row was a terrace of 41 houses following on from Clapgate Road. They were privately owned by a Mrs Milne. Moss Row was demolished for a never to happen by-pass of Norden village, this was a great waste of houses and separated lots of people ...Read full memory

Spotland Bridge

My parents ran the newsagents at 276 Spotland Road from1952 to1964. At that time there was a row of three shops, ours in the middle flanked on one side by Leslie Cheethams chemist shop (now demolished) and Alan Heyworths greengrocers on the other side. Meanwood Fold was to the rear.

A memory of Rochdale by marina.matters

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

Fond Memories

I used to work in the High Class Department Store opposite to The Walk. It was owned by the Haworth family, with the gentleman's outfitters next door owned by another member of the same family. When the store was ready for closing at the end of the day and with no customers there, we used to look across to the people coming ...Read full memory

A memory of Rochdale by Lynne Wood

Ahh, Memories!

My family (well, me mum, older brother and I), moved to Rochdale in '53 and lived on Norrey's St, (off George St, which ran parallel with Ramsey St), and I have many memories of the time - particularly of taking all the local dogs on long walks down Healey Dell every Sunday - and without lead's, btw!. As I matured, I remember ...Read full memory

A memory of Rochdale by Pat Hocking

1947 Onward

I also remember there was a slaughter house on (think it was) Blackwater Street, or it could have been Toad Lane. There was a pub across from it called Dusty Miller that was next door to Marsh's cafe. I too remember the shop on Blackwater Street where you could get studs of every shape to put onto your leather belt, I also think ...Read full memory

A memory of Rochdale by Lennie Capuano

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

A Rochdale Childhood

My first memory of Rochdale town hall was seeing the King and Queen on the balcony in 1937 when they were on their coronation tour. Another visitor seen there was Gracie Fields. During my childhood, (1930-1945) I remember seeing the Pace Egging play in the Town Hall, a fascinating and traditional event. Later I ...Read full memory

A memory of Rochdale by Edith Unsworth

Cronkeyshaw Junior School

I'm writing about my memories of Cronkeyshaw School. It was situated to the north of Rochdale Town Centre in the corner of a large open common grassland area, Cronkeyshaw Common, opposite Falinge Park. After school each day I'd run across this common to my home in Derwent Street. The headmaster was a tall ...Read full memory

A memory of Rochdale by Norman Foulds

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

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