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Can you help? Dennis Ryan has been trying to get in touch with Sylvia nee Roddy, possibly later Collins. She grew up on Hollin estate and worked at Queens Road bus depot in the 1950s and 60s. Please email me at colette@middletonia.co.uk if you have any information.

Latest in Middleton

Man attacked

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, after a man was attacked in Middleton. At around 5pm on Monday 24 February a man was driving on Hollin Lane in Middleton and had an argument with the driver and passenger of a VW Caddy Van...........For more, go to News

Man jailed after he violently assaulted his girlfriend

Lee Edwards A man has been jailed after he violently assaulted his girlfriend. On Friday 14th March, Lee Edwards (born 03/02/1985) of Lever Street, Middleton was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court to ten years in prison..........For more go to News

This Month in Middleton History

A luddite Middleton Luddite riots
This month saw the worst of Middleton's own Luddite riots on 20th April, 1812, when several thousand men attacked Daniel Burton's Mill. His purchase of steam-operated powerlooms had upset local handloom weavers who feared for their livelihoods so he had been expecting trouble as it was occurring in towns all over the country. Men arrived armed with muskets with fixed bayonets and colliers' picks. A man of straw was carried, representing General Ludd after whom the Luddite movement was named. Burton had recruited armed guards who fiercely protected the mill and consequently, three members of the crowd were shot dead. The following day the men returned and after once again, failing to get in to the mill, they raged on to the family home of Daniel Burton and proceeded to burn it down. The military were called in and a further seven workers were killed in the chaos. April also marks the anniversary of the death of Sam Bamford on the 13th in 1872.
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Article of the Month

The Reverend Charles Burton – A biography of Manchester’s forgotten man of the cloth

The Reverend Charles Burton The 24th March 2014 saw the publication of the first ever biography of the Reverend Doctor Charles Burton DCL FLS, one of Manchester’s most prominent 19th century clergymen, who was born at Rhodes House, Middleton on 18th January 1793.

Charles Burton was the youngest son of Daniel Burton, who moved to Rhodes near Middleton in 1784 to open a new dyeing and bleaching works. Around 1800 Daniel bought John Jackson’s Mill in Wood Street, Middleton where, in April 1812, some of the bloodiest Luddite Riots took place.

In this completely new biography, author Matthew Wells looks Burton's early life at Rhodes and his family’s involvement in the Luddite Riots, going on to explore many other aspects of his life and achievements........................For more, go to Local history.

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Event of the Month in Middleton

Monday 21st April

Middleton town centre. From 12.30pm

Middleton Pace Egg play

The traditional, annual Easter Monday play kicks off at the Dusty Miller, finishing at the Ring O' Bells around 3.30pm.

For more events, go to the events page.

Photograph of the Month

The Mount Road area when it was just farm tracks, as seen in 'Middleton Through Time' and courtesy of Geoff Wellens. (See advert on page). Click on image for the bigger picture. © Middletonia


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