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Rebe Taylor's account of the historical development of Rochdale from before Domesday to the 1950s is an entertaining read. If you find Fishwick's account rather daunting then this might be the ideal starting point from which to dicsover Rochdale's fascinating history.

Chapter I Rochdale before Domesday - 1086

Chapter II Normans and Plantagenets -1086-1485

Chapter III Tudor Rochdale -1485-1603

Chapter IV Puritans and Packmen -1603-1702

Chapter V Prelude to Industrialism -1702-1800

Chapter VI Towards a Municipal Borough -1800-1856

Chapter VII The First Fifty Years of Incorporation -1856-1906

Chapter VIII Towards the Centenary of the Borough -1906-1956

The Mayors of Rochdale

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