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The formation of the Local Studies Collection dates to the late 1800s when, having realised the value of early administrative companies and family records, the borough librarian began to store material of this nature in deed boxes – one of the earliest items in the Collection is a land grant in Todmorden dating from 1318.

The Local Studies Centre at Touchstones Rochdale holds the main Local Studies and Archives collection for Rochdale Borough. This includes a wide range of material relating to the Rochdale area including Castleton, Littleborough, Milnrow, Wardle and Norden.

Over the years the Collection has grown to include a wide range of material relating to the Rochdale area including Castleton, Littleborough, Milnrow, Wardle and Norden. Local Studies material for Heywood and Middleton is held at Heywood and Middleton Libraries.

Resources held by Local Studies include:

  • Parish Records
  • Census returns
  • Trade Directories
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Maps and plans including Ordnance Survey maps, estate plans and railway maps
  • Books, pamphlets and articles

If you would like to view specific material, please make a request at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

Contact

Telephone: 01706 924915    Email: localstudies@link4life.org


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