Rochdale - more than just industry, Travel Britain
‘Recedham’ is one of the very few of today’s industrial towns to be recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 – a tribute to its significance as an ancient crossroads for trade. By 1251 the town was important enough to have been granted a Market Charter – and to be the hub of one of the largest Parishes in England.
Rochdale’s spacious town centre is dominated by the spectacular Victorian Gothic Town Hall which is fronted by the broad Esplanade, still thought to be the widest road bridge in Europe with the River Roch below.
The medieval St Chad’s Parish Church and Broadfield Park provide a stunning backdrop – for the energetic, take the quick route up Church Steps – all 122 of them. The historic conservation area of Toad Lane, site of the first Co-op Shop, is just a short walk away.
Rochdale town centre has two modern, indoor shopping centres, an indoor market and a good range of high street shops, restaurants and pubs with a year round programme of events and entertainments and convenient parking. Population 96,000
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