Rochdale is a market town and weekly markets have been held since 1251 when Edmund de Lacy procured a charter for a weekly market on Wednesday and an annual fair on the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude (28 October). This development was ultimately to bring great prosperity and Rooley Moor Road, which connects the north of Spotland with the Church and the market in the centre of Rochdale, was a major route to the market held outside the parish church where there was an “Orator’s Corner”.
In 1292 Henry de Lacy was required to show by what warrant he held the market and fair; Plac. de Quo Warr.
In 1296 the toll and stallage of the markets and fairs produced 53s. 8d, and 53s. 4d. in 1305, but were valued at only 30s. in 1311.
Market days were added in 1577 and 1673.
Camden in 1582 described Rochdale as ‘a market town well frequented.’
Defoe about 1724 described Rochdale as ‘a good market town, and of late much improved in the woollen manufacture, as are also the villages in its neighbourhood.’
The market day was changed from Wednesday to Monday during the 18th century, and Monday continues to be the ‘manufacturers’ market day; there is a provision market on Saturday.
The market rights were purchased from Lord Byron in 1823; the market hall, built in 1844, is still in the hands of a private company. The cattle market is in Manchester Road.
1958 – Corner shop at No.5 Smallshaw Road, Catley Lane Head. R Lees is recorded in the 1954-55 trade directory as the storekeeper. In the 1938 trade directory Samual Whitworth is recorded as a storekeeper living at No.9 Smallshaw Road.
Catley Lane Head Milk Lady
Roydes Arms, Rooley Moor Road
In 1885 Sarah Nuttall is recorded in the Rochdale Trade Directory as the landlady.
The Black Dog, 31 Rooley Moor Road, Lanehead, Spotland
In 1885 James Holt is recorded in the Rochdale Trade Directory as the landlord.
The Moorcock Inn, Rooley Moor Road
In 1885 William Barnish is recorded in the Rochdale Trade Directory as the landlord for a pub by tis name in Lanehead, Spotland and Thomas Taylor is recorded as the landlord for a pub in the Roolies, Spotland.
The Kimberley Club, Stacksteads, near Bacup, Rossendale
Situated at the northern end of Rooley Moor Road and built in 1897 as an after hours drinking den for local quarry workers, the club is not open to the public but by invitation only. If you are following Rooley Moor Road the club is approached down a hill, then a dirt track, through a gate from which a path leads to the tiny wooden club building in the middle of a field.
There are two small rooms, the front room is where most members congregate and is furnished with a delightfully eclectic mix of old seats and tables, signs and photos. There is no mains electricity, light is provided by gas lights and warmth by an ancient single-flame gas heater.
The Club is open only for limited hours on four nights a week. Members go into the tiny cellar to serve themselves drinks, but have to continually whistle so that the other members can tell that they aren’t taking a sly tipple. No food is served, except for nuts and they can’t sell crisps because they get damp.
The whereabouts of the club cannot be revealed on pain of death. However, you may enquire from CAMRA.
White Lion – 240 Rooley Moor Road
In 1885 Elizabeth Brierley is recorded in the Rochdale Trade Directory as the landlady.