Newly married couples come to touch the Bride Stone in the hope of being blessed with a child.These rocks are amazing. Many have faces .. if only they could talk too .. or maybe they do!!! It's easy to while a way a few hours here. You can look at them, climb on them, dance with them, enjoy a picnic with them (that's what I like to do) and yep, you...more
The Centre Vale Estate was sold by John Ashton Fielden to Todmorden Corporation and opened as a public park in 1912. The property included Centre Vale Mansion, which was used as a hospital for First World War servicemen and later as a Town Museum, before being demolished in 1953. The present Garden of Remembrance was originally the mansion’s...more
This is called the Mankinholes Circular and there is a bus at seven minutes past most hours. The T6 and T8 go in opposite directions and it does not matter which way you choose. The whole trip only takes 33 minutes and costs £1-20 for an adult but you can pay far more for much less impressive scenery. The trip goes [T8 & mins past odd hours] along...more
St. Mary’s Church which dates from sometime between 1400 and 1476.The base of the square church tower is the oldest part of the building and has some nice carved faces either side of the west window. You can tell from the exterior stone work that the top of the tower is newer than its base and it was in fact raised in 1860 when a new clock was...more
Todmorden Town Hall straddles the Walsden Water which is tributary of the River Calder, The town hall was situated in both Lancashire and Yorkshire until the administrative county boundary was moved on January 1 1888.The Town Hall building was presented to Todmorden by the Fielden family and it was opened in 1875 and so from 1875 to 1887 it was...more
There is a great section of the Rochdale Canal passing through Todmorden.Good points to take a look include the lock nr the Library and off the square in the centre of Tod.It's great to get a sandwich (Oddies on Bond Street is very good) and head off along the canal to eat it.If you have a bike you can cycle the whole stretch from Tod to Hebden...more
Records suggest a house was on this site in 1293 belonging to the de la Deane family. A year later it was made over to the Radcliffe family, who remained associated with the site for several hundred years. It was Savile Radcliffe who encased the timber-framed house in stone on 1603. On the ground floor is a magnificent carved fireplace with...more
This friendly cafe is situated on the first floor of the Little Bear co-operative store. Downstairs there is a full range of deli food, whole food, complementary medicines, cards, and generally all things environmentally friendly!
Upstairs is the cafe. There is a nice view from the full length panoramic window over the canal and lock outside. inside there are large number of plants that seperate the open plan space into two areas
Besides the food there is a notice board with details of those practicing alternative therapies. It's quite amazing what is available locally.
There is also a computer for access to the internet. Newspapers usually available, but you take pot luck as to what’s there (needless to say more likely to be Guardian than Times).
Times: café: Mon-Sat 10-5, Tues closes at 3.30; Fri & Sat 6-9pm tapas bar; shop: Mon-Sat 9.30-5.30.
Favorite Dish: There is usually a good selection of salads and vegetarian dishes available e.g. homity pie.
Originally opened in 1802 the market square and stalls were refurbished in 2003.This popular open market has 72 stalls and is situated directly adjacent to the market hall, car park and bus station.Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (general retail and fresh produce), Thursday (second hand).Open 9.00am to 4.00pmmore
Not so much a shop, more of a legend in these parts!We first came upon Riggs Garden Centre about 13 years ago. It hasn't changed so much and has a great deal of character as well as bargain prices (particularly if you compare it to a garden centre any where 'down south'). In those days you could expect to see old Gordon Rigg pottering about the...more
The site on Stoodley Pike was probably used for bronze age burials, since bones were found when excavating for the first circular tower.
This was built in 1815 to celebrate the peace at the end of the Napoleonic war. Unfortunately, it collapsed when the next war started, on the day the Russian ambassador left London before the Crimean War. The present monument was built in 1856.
You can climb up the inner spiral staircase counting 39 steps in the dark to get a great view. Stoodley Pike may also have been a beacon site. A beacon was temporarily put up and lit on 19th July 1988 to commemorate the great chain of beacons 400 years earlier, when the Spanish Armada was sighted off the southern coast.