Memorandum by Rochdale Metropolitan Borough
Council (CEM 128)
Thank you for your letter dated 31 January 2001
regarding the Environment Sub-committee inquiry into the historical
and educational value of cemeteries. I give the following information,
which I trust will be helpful.
1. Geological Walk
I attach a newspaper article
from the Rochdale Observer dated 8 May 1996, which gives a full
account of the importance of this unique feature. The current
state of the walk is as described in the article. We are currently
considering the inclusion of the walk in the Council's official
"Blue Badge" conducted guides, which can be arranged
through our tourist information office. We will continue to monitor
the condition of the stones and take appropriate action for their
preservation as necessary.
2. Rochdale Co-operative Pioneers, Museum
and Guided Walk
I would also like to bring to your attention
an existing "Blue Badge" walk within Rochdale Cemetery,
with links to the Toad Lane Co-op Museum in Rochdale.
Rochdale is the birthplace of the principles
of co-operation and the world-wide Co-operative movement, originally
founded by the Rochdale Co-operative Pioneers in 1844. Sixteen
founder members of the Co-op movement, including the first shopkeeper,
Samuel Ashworth, are buried in Rochdale Cemetery. The council
operates a museum on the site of the original shop at Toad Lane,
Rochdale. Visitors to the museum may also be conducted to the
cemetery to inspect the graves and memorials of the original pioneers.
The graves and memorials of the 16 original
pioneers were restored in 1994 as part of the Co-op celebrations
to mark their 150-year history. I attach a plan of the walk and
from the Service of Remembrance held in April 1994.
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