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There seems to be a thought that Smallbridge goes from Wardle Rd to Albert Royd St. It also goes in the opposite direction, namely Wardle Rd to Birch Rd, including Greengate and Hurstead. My dad was born at 1 Greenfield Lane opposite the Greengate pub in 1903. The family moved across the road to 561 which (...Read full memory)

I enjoyed reading Peter Butterworth's memories of Smallbridge. I went to the same school( Halifax Rd), 1937-44. My name then was Sylvia Higgin (now married to Stanley Rudman - since 1959). My younger brother, Trevor Higgin, also went to the same school, and we lived on Albert Royds St. My memories of those days are still (...Read full memory)

The place name comes from a narrow bridge over a stream that forms the boundary between Rochdale and Wardle on Halifax Road, by The Red Lion pub as it was then. Folk who lived in Smallbridge were once called "Sandknockers" apparently from a family called Kitter who knocked the local stone to sand to spread on (...Read full memory)