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A number of books and documents, by famous local people, have been digitised as ebooks to allow access to the information via our website. The books are listed below. Links to chapters/pages are in PDF format - some files are quite big and may take a while to download.

The History of Rochdale by Henry Fishwick, F.S.A. although published in 1889 is still regarded as one of the definitive texts on the history of the Rochdale Area. Henry Fishwick was a prolific author on Lancashire history as well as being an Alderman and Mayor of Rochdale Corporation. Chapter I General History - Pages 1-64 Chapter II Township History Castleton - Pages ...

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Edgar Wood was an architect, artist, craftsman, conservationist and town planner. At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, he had a national and international reputation and was regarded as the most important avant-garde architect in the north of England. Wood was born into a wealthy Middleton family in 1860. From an early age he had a passion for art and spent ho ...

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A Translation of an 'Inquisition taken at Racdall the Eighteenth Daye of November in the Yeares of the Reigne of our Soverraigne Lord James by the Grace of God Kinge of England, France and Ireland. Before William Currer Esq, the King's Majesty Surveyor. Robert Heawood; Abraham Belfield; Francis Wolfstenholme; Charles Holte; William Bamford; Thomas Redfearne; Richard ...

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