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Rochdale Co-operation

Rochdale is the home of the modern Co-operative Movement, through the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers

The original site of their first shop, in Toad Lane, is now a museum:-

Co-operative Museum, Rochdale

Side view with Co-op Tea painted on the brick:-

Rochdale Co-op

The museum extends into the modern building you can see on the left in the first photo.

Just up Toad Lane are two shopfronts which are Victorian in appearance with lovely stained glass:-

Old Shop Windows, Rochdale

More Old Shop Windows, Rochdale

On the other side of the entrance to Toad Lane is a memorial to the Kobe earthquake, which, from its inscription, seems to have something to do with the Co-operative movement:-

Kobe Earthquake Memorial, Rochdale

Buildings in Rochdale

Apart from the Town Hall there are several fine buildings in Rochdale town centre, a few of them banks or former banks.

Royal Bank of Scotland, RBS:-

Royal Bank of Scotland, Rochdale

This has “bank” inscribed in the stone above the door but is somewhat anonymous now:-

Old Bank Building, Rochdale

Lloyd’s Bank (the rounded building):-

Lloyd's Bank, Rochdale

If you look closely at the above picture you can see a blue plaque. It was once the Union Flag Inn. In 1745 a confrontation between the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the town authorities took place here:-

Union Flag Inn as was, Rochdale

Beside Lloyd’s Bank is the very modern Beales and behind and above both a building with faded writing on the brick. “Rochdale (something I can’t make out; equitable?) Pioneer Society (something I can’t make out.)” The Co-operative movement started in Rochdale (see later post):-

Above Beales and Lloyd's Bank, Rochdale

This building has a fine cupola:-

Cupola'd Building Rochdale Town Centre

It Was One Hundred Years Ago Today

100 years ago today the Battle of Amiens (also known as the Third Battle of Picardy) began and so inaugurated the longest series of consecutive victories the British Army has ever had.

That last fact is something that has been all but lost to the collective memory – totally submerged by the prominence the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Passchendaele (aka Third Ypres) have taken in the colletive consciousness.

German general Erich Ludendorff (more or less dictator of Germany by that time) called the battle’s first day “the black day of the German Army.” He knew the game was up. Far from being stabbed in the back the German Army had been defeated in the field. There was nothing but retreat from then on till the Armistice in November.

Càrn Liath Broch (ii)

The broch’s entrance:-

Carn Liath Broch

The broch had bronze age modcons. Stairs:-

Carn Liath Broch stairs

An internal chamber:-

Càrn Liath Broch, Internal Chamber

View towards Golspie and Dunrobin Castle:-

Towards Golspie and Dunrobin Castle

The towers of Dunrobin Castle peek above the trees to the left here and on the hill is the statue of the infamous Duke of Sutherland:-

Golspie and Dunrobin Castle

Càrn Liath Broch (i)

It’s not just Orkney where you can find the remains of brochs.

This one, Càrn Liath Broch, lies west of the A 9 just north of Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland. It’s very well preserved.

Park at the lay-by on the other die of the road – take care crossing, it’s fairly busy – and it’s a short walk to the broch

From the A 9, Moray Firth in background:-

Càrn Liath Broch

From north:-

Càrn Liath Broch, from North

From south:-

Càrn Liath Broch from South

Broch interior:-

Càrn Liath Broch, Interior

An external structure:-

Càrn Liath Broch, External Structure

Information board:-

Càrn Liath Broch Information Board

More Archæology on the Brough of Birsay

Later Norse Houses with 12th century church in background:-

Later Norse Houses, Brough of Birsay

12th century church. (See Pictish stone to left):-

12th Century Church, Brough of Birsay,

Edge of 12th century church complex:-

Edge of 12th Century Church Complex

12th century church remains:-

Brough of Birsay, 12th Century Church Remains

12th century church information board:-

12th Centrury Church Information Board

Sunken structure, possibly another Norse house:-

Sunken Structure, Brough of Birsay

North edge of archæological site, Brough of Birsay:-

Remains, Brough of Birsay

Broch of Gurness, Orkney (ii)

The broch‘s entrance:-

Broch of Gurness, Entrance

Entrance information board:-

Broch of Gurness Entrance Information Board

Interior from entrance:-

Broch of Gurness, Interior from Entrance

Hearth at centre of broch:-

Broch of Gurness, Hearth

Internal compartment with stone trough:-

Broch of Gurness, Compartment

Interior wall:-

Interior Wall, Broch of Gurness, Orkney

Interior chamber:-

Interior Chamber, Broch of Gurness

Broch of Gurness, Orkney (i)

The Broch of Gurness, by the shores of Eynhallow Sound, near the village of Evie, Orkney, is quite remote, up a narrow winding road leading off the A 966. It is quite well preserved though and is in the care of Historic Scotland.

The day we were there it was driving rain. The attendant said he was on the point of giving up for the day although it was not long after lunchtime. Even so, as we were leaving another car rolled up to the car park. We had the broch to ourselves while we were there though.

Broch from site entrance:-

Broch of Gurness from Site Entrance

The first building you meet just inside the boundary, though, is called the Shamrock due to its shape. It’s the remains of a Pictish farm dating from much later than the broch and was moved to allow better exploration of the broch itself.

Shamrock Building, Broch of Gurness, Orkney

Shamrock Building Information Board

Broch of Gurness from west, showing outer rampart wall:-

Broch of Gurness, Showing Outer Rampart Wall

Broch of Gurness from south, Eynhallow Sound in background and Isle of Rousay somewhere in the mists beyond:-

Broch of Gurness, Eynhallow Sound

Broch of Gurness, plus part of rampart wall, Eynhallow Sound behind.

Broch of Gurness, Part of Rampart Wall

Broch of Gurness from southeast:-

Broch of Gurness from Southeast

Broch of Gurness, rampart wall and ditch:-

Broch of Gurness, Rampart Wall and Ditch

Broch of Gurness information board:-

Broch of Gurness Information Board

Dunkeld Memorial (Battle of Dunkeld)

This has only fairly recently been erected in memory of those who died in the Battle of Dunkeld, 1689, in the first of the Jacobite risings.

Dunkeld Memorial

Battle of Dunkeld Information Board:-

Battle of Dunkeld Information Board

The True Price of Coal

For some reason we stopped in Loanhead, Midlothian, on our way back from Crichton Castle and Crichton Collegiate Kirk (see earlier posts.)

There we found this memorial “To the memory of those men who died in accidents at Bilston Glen Colliery during its working life and to all others who lost their lives in mining accidents in the community of Loanhead.”

The True Price of Coal

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