Rochdale is nestled in the foothills of the South Pennines, less than 10 miles from Manchester. Sitting on the River Roch, Rochdale was in fact listed in the Domesday Book in 1086. This demonstrates the town’s long and varied history. Indeed, the ancient parish of Rochdale was known to be one of the most populous ecclesiastical parishes in the country and it was an important place on the map.
Rochdale thrived as a result of the wool trade and became a hub for many merchants. It continued to grow its reputation in textiles during the 19th century and was alive with activity in the Industrial Revolution with mills making use of the Rochdale Canal.
Business has an interesting background here. Indeed, Rochdale is where the contemporary Co-operative Movement was started. Even though it is now largest a residential town, the roots of its business history are still apparent.