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Ye Olde Boar's Head Inn
Middleton in the second largest settlement in the Borough of Rochdale in Greater Manchester. People born and brought up in Middleton can claim the traditional title of "Moonraker". This refers to the legendary poachers who, at the approach of the local Constabulary, threw their booty in a pond and began raking the reflection of the moon in water, in the hope of recovering the green cheese. Many of the buildings reflect the influence of one of the towns most famous sons, the architect Edgar Wood. These are complemented by attractions such as St Leonard's Parish Church, which has on eof the three remaining wooden church towers in the country, and Ye Olde Boar's Head Inn on Long Street, which, according to legend, has a secret tunnel that links the inn with the Parish Church. Other famous residents of Middleton were Cardinal Thomas Langley and the writer Samuel Bamford.
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About three miles north of Oldham town centre, two miles from junction 21 of the M62.
A handy rail link to Manchester. Oldham and Rochdale easily accessible by road. A winding road also leads up to West Yorkshire, putting Halifax and Huddersfield in easy reach.
Wealthy cotton industry magnates used to frequent the town. And 100 years ago it was said to have more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the country. Now it has a good mix of older couples, professionals and young families.
Until recently Shaw was a lively little town with a lot of small traditional type shops.
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latley a large Asda Superstore has opened in town, The local shops are already feeling the pinch. Staff in Iceland frozen food shop have been put on 1 day contracts and 2 other shops have already closed down,
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The first written record of the name Ryeton (or Ryton) was in a survey of 1212.
Evidence of Stone Age dwellers exists, as does evidence of Romans and later Norsemen, some of whom settled at Thorp
It has been remarked that Royton has the distinction of being the world's first town where a cotton mill was built; at Thorp in 1764. It was also the town where the United Kingdom's last mill Elk hailed as the most modern in the world was built in 1926, but demolished in 1999.
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Rochdale is situated in a river valley with the Pennine Hills to the east and the Rossendale hills to the north. The valley was created by the River Roch (pronounced Roach) which flows off the Pennines and through the town centre. This is the only downhill route out of the town.
There are a couple of reasons why this area was good to establish a settlement. Firstly the river is shallow enough in the town centre to ford and secondly is communications. The line of the Pennines forms a huge barrier separating Lancashire and Yorkshire apart from The Summit Gap just north of Littleborough. This pass was formed at the end of the ice age by glacial melt waters. These waters eroded away the softer rock found in this area and thus formed a gap in the Pennines. This gap provided an excellent packhorse route and later on road, rail and canal all share this narrow pass. The pass soon became inhabited and a string of small villages, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge to name but three, grew along the pack horse route.
There is evidence that this area has been inhabited, constantly, since about 5000 BC. When the Romans came to Northern England in AD 78, They left their mark in the form of Roman artifacts found in and around Rochdale. This being said, the Roman Road, which runs over Blackstone Edge, is now thought to be of a much later origin.
The first documented evidence of the town of Rochdale comes from the Doomsday Book - William the Conqueror's Survey of England. In it, the book states that the manor of Recedham existed, and it has been calculated that about three hundred people lived within it.
Very little remains of medieval Rochdale although the Parish Church, which dates back to the twelfth century, was probably the centre of the medieval settlement. The church has gone through a couple of changes over the years, the biggest being an extension to the top of the tower and the removal of the clock in the 1870's & 80's.
Up to the present day, the Manor of Rochdale has been owned by various families, in1399 the King held it then in 1638 it was bought by John Byron and it stayed within the Byron family until Lord Byron (the poet) sold it to the Deardens who own it to the present day. Although the Manor's administrative control is in name only, The Manor Court still is in existence (it hasn't met since 1928) and rents are still collected from some property in Rochdale.
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Ashton under Lyne
There was a settlement of some kind at Ashton long before the Norman Conquest of 1066. A small hillock on the north bank of the River Tame, overlooking a good crossing-point on the river, became a fortified position guarding the boundary between the ancient kingdoms of Northumbria and and Mercia.
A village developed just to the north of this, around the area where St Michael's Square is today. The fortification eventually became the Old Hall. A church was built and a market developed which served the surrounding areas.
Over the centuries Ashton developed into a small market town. Wool spinning was a traditional cottage industry in the surrounding hilly areas, which were particularly suitable for rearing sheep. A small amount of coal mining took place nearby.
A major turning-point in the history of the town was the coming of the canals (and later the railways). Ashton became the junction of three canals, the Manchester and Ashton canal, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Peak Forest Canal.
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Wigan is Famous for it's Uncle Joes Mint Balls and for having a Pier even though it is nowhere near the sea.
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After recently celebrating 150 years of municipal status, Oldham is experiencing a period of renewal and economic regeneration that has parallels with the way the Borough developed during the latter half of the 19th century, when it enjoyed a phase of remarkable growth.
Achieving this mantle was by no means straightforward - Oldham was blessed with fewer natural resources than its neighbouring rivals. It is on a hillside and it had poor transport links. In addition, its high altitude - 700 feet above sea level - posed severe engineering challenges to canal and railway builders. Yet the original town grew to a point when it was consuming more raw cotton and spinning more yarn than any other single centre of the industry.
This level of success was achieved largely through the determination, perseverance and ingenuity of Oldham's people, who put to good use what advantages the town possessed - its high humidity, its reserves of coal and its proximity to the factories burgeoning on both sides of the Pennines, especially those in and around Manchester. As world demand for cotton grew, so Oldham's share of spindleage increased. By 1890 it has risen to 11.4 million out of 87.7 million - 13 per cent of the world's total production.
With this increase in market share came an increase in the size and number of Oldham's mills - from 50,000 spindles in 1870, to 90,000 by 1890 and no fewer than 17.8 million at the industry's peak in 1926 - 30 per cent of the total for the whole of Lancashire. The number of mills rose to a peak of 320 in 1918.
Oldham's industrial workers played a prominent role in the struggle for the vote, electing radical candidates John Fielden and William Cobbett and forming a Hampden Club in 1816. There was also a flourishing female political union in the town, 150 of whose members attended the meeting in Manchester on 16 August 1819 that resulted in the Peterloo Massacre.
When times were good for the mills they were also good for other industries. Mill construction provided the building industry with 50 years of highly profitable activity and the Oldham machine and steam engine manufacturers who gave life to the mills - notably Hibbert and Platt, Buckley and Taylor, Urmston and Thompson, Woolstenhulme and Rye - earned themselves legendary engineering reputations as well as generating wealth and creating jobs for thousands.
On the doorstep is the Pennine moorland of Saddleworth, extending into the Peak District National Park. The dramatic scenery of this countryside offers up a host of contrasts from the isolation of the reconstructed site of Castleshaw Roman Fort, one of a series built on the Roman military road from Chester to York, to the delightful village of Uppermill. Dobcross, once the commercial heart of the district, remains one of the most attractive villages in the Pennines and was used as the setting for the film Yanks. Its numerous weavers' cottages, clothiers' and merchants' houses surrounding the village square have remained virtually unchanged in 200 years.
Moving from the surrounding countryside into the town itself is to step into a rich municipal heritage. In the very centre of Oldham is Alexandra Park. The park, built in 1865, was funded by a government loan designed to boost jobs when the American Civil War caused supplies of cotton to dry up and left many people out of work. Alexandra Park covers 72 acres, with a boating lake at its heart, and features a statue of Joseph 'Blind Joe' Howarth (who held the job of town crier for 40 years) and a pagoda built as a meteorological observatory in 1899 to commemorate the town's Golden Jubilee
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