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Local Studies Library - Touchstones

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.

Local studies material for Heywood and Middleton is held at Heywood and Middleton Libraries.

View our list of resources:

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 covering the areas past.

The strength of the collection very much depends on donations that are made. If you have any material from the past or present day you would like to consider giving or lending to the collection please get in touch.

Make the most of your visit, contact us in advance of your visit to be sure we have the archive materials you require on site. Most of our archives are stored elsewhere.

We advise you to telephone to pre-book a microfilm reader in advance.

Free internet access is available and pre-booking is essential.

Who to contact

Telephone
01706 924492
E-mail
touchstones@link4life.org
Website
https://link4life.org/.../touchstones-rochdale

Where to go

Venue address
Touchstones
Rochdale
Lancashire
Postcode
OL16 1AG

Time / Date Details

Session Information
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
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