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Event: Renewal of Rochdale – a typical Lancashire mill town


Join Mike Ashworth, former head of heritage for Transport for London, for a virtual tour of historic Rochdale, once a centre of the textile industries and birthplace of the modern Co-Operative Movement, and home like many such towns to an eclectic mix of buildings, grand and humble.

We follow the route from the town’s railway station down the challenging once thriving retail centre of Drake Street, now the core of a Heritage Action Zone, to the town centre with major buildings such as the 1933 Fire Brigade Station, the abandoned modernist Rochdale Observer offices alongside many smaller survivors that include the likely first ever purpose built Co-Op branch shop.

More information on the event can be found on the Save Britain’s Heritage website.

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