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Local history

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History of Rochdale icon

Rochdale's history can be traced right back to the Doomsday Book in 1086.


History of Heywood icon

Heywood's earliest settlers were Saxons.


History of Middleton icon

Middleton is perfect for those interested in fascinating history and heritage.


History of Littleborough and the Pennine villages icon

The Pennines area includes Littleborough, Milnrow and Newhey and Wardle.


Things to know about Rochdale borough icon

Things to know about Rochdale borough

​​​​Rochdale borough has a rich heritage. Read a list of things to know about the borough.


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Family history

Get advice and see resources available to help you trace your family history.


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Heritage and conservation

Blue Plaques, war memorials, listed buildings and more.


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Help and resources at your library

Get help tracing your family history or access reference materials and resources at your library.


Events at Touchstones Rochdale icon

Find out what's on at the Touchstones Rochdale - our Arts & Heritage Centre. Admission is FREE.


History collections at Touchstones Rochdale icon

View collections and search the online collections database at the Arts & Heritage Resource Centre.


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Medals and honours

See which local armed forces personnel have been recognised.


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Electoral register

Trace your family history. Only the names and addresses of electors are included in the register.


Local Census records icon

Get links to key local Census datasets.


National Census records icon

Use the census to search for your ancestors for FREE.


Historical maps icon

Find maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions of Rochdale.


School records icon

Get a replacement exam certificate from the GOV.UK website.


Rochdale on Wikipedia icon

View the history of Rochdale on Wikipedia.