Rochdale is a large market
town, located in Greater Manchester, on the River Roch. The town is
approximately five miles north west of Oldham
and 10 miles north east of Manchester
City. The town has a
population of around 100,000 people.
Rochdale is well known for
being home to many historical attractions including its town hall, which boasts
Victorian gothic features with unique stained glass windows and ceramics.
is a broad canal, running for 32 miles across the Pennines between Manchester and Sowerby
Bridge. It is refered to
as a broad canal because its locks are wide enough to allow vessels of 14 feet
Lake Water Activity Centre is popular for yachting and wind surfing. In
Victorian times Hollingworth
Lake was known as the
"The Weighvers' Seaport". In addition to water sports, the lake is
also popular for its nature reserve, trails, and environmental exhibitions.
residents from Rochdale include Anna Friel, a well- known British actress who
made her first appearance in Brookside at the
age of 13. Other famous residents from Rochdale
include Jack Howarth (actor), Arthur Pentelow (author) and Shannon Flynn
Neighbouring towns to Rochdale
include Heywood (3 miles), Royton (4 miles) and Middleton (7 miles).