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Caption for Rochdale, Hollingworth Lake 1892: Hollingworth Lake was originally constructed as a feeder for the Rochdale Canal. Completed in 1804, this 33 mile-long canal linked the Bridgewater Canal to the Calder & Hebble Navigation, and was one of three trans-Pennine waterways. Apart from the section between Castlefields and Dale Street Basin in Manchester, the canal was abandoned in 1952, and Hollingworth Lake was finally given over to recreation and leisure activities.

An extract from Greater Manchester Photographic Memories.

Memories of Rochdale

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. (...Read full memory)

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.

When I started at Cronkeyshaw School I went straight into the second class as I had missed out on the baby class. In those days some children attended from the age of 3 years and the little ones went to sleep on mats in the afternoon for a short period. The classrooms were far removed from the (...Read full memory)

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)

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