Area Guide - Rochdale
Lying in the foothills of the Pennines lies the large market town of Rochdale. Historically part of the Hundred of Salford the area grew in prominence in the 11th century as a major operator in the wool trade; and in the early 18th century was described as being ‘remarkable for many wealthy merchants’
In the valley of the river Roch north of the M62 and north east of Manchester city centre, Rochdale is made up of numerous settlements including, Bamford, Castleton, Firgrove, Littleborough, and Norden. These settlements each with their own appeal conceal different iconic landmarks such as the Gothic styled Rochdale Town Hall and St. Chads Parish Church.
With many industries stemming from Rochdale, including the infamous co-opertive society, Rochdale has been a bed of success for many industries and companies. With many different companies investing back into Rochdale including the large Kingsway Retail Business Park and the plans to extend the Metro Links to the town centre, the economical future of Rochdale looks bright.
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