Historical Timeline


1800's

1804 - Rochdale Canal opened, December 21
1808 - Lord Byron became Lord of the Manor of Rochdale


1810's

1810 - Hope Chapel erected
1811 - John Bright born at Greenbank, Rochdale
1814 - First National School established
1815 - June 17 Thomas Livsey born in Regulator Inn, Blackwater Street
1819 - Roger Fenton, the world's first accredited war photographer, was born


1820's

1825 - William Heap established the Caldershaw Old Mill
1828 - Hope Chapel School opened
1829 - Trinity Methodist Church opened
1829 - First lamplighter appointed - John Oats
1829 - Riots in Rochdale following weavers' strike. Union Secretary deported for life.


1830's

1831 - Casson's soda water first produced
1833 - A Co-operative store opened briefly at 15 Toad Lane
1837 - Baillie Street School opened


1840's

1841 - Leeds and Manchester Railway opened
1841 - Summit Tunnel opened.
1842 - Rochdale Railway Station opened
1843 - Pablo Fanque's Circus, referred to in "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" by the Beatles,
          visited in February
1844 - 21 December Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society opened shop at No. 31 Toad Lane


1850's

1850 - John Milne born at 147 Drake Street, a world famous seismologist credited with
             inventing the modern seismograph
1854 - Boiler explosion at Williamson's Bridgefield Mill killed 10 people and injured 20 more
1855 - Rochdale Cemetery opened
1856 - Rochdale Observer established