History Research Group

Geoff Wellens1This is an informal group of around twenty researchers who have come together to share their knowledge and create a better understanding of the history of Middleton, its people and the surrounding area. It occasionally holds meetings at Ye Olde Boar’s Head P.H. The coordinator is well known local historian, Geoff Wellens.

If you have an interest in local history then get in touch … email middletonheritage@gmail.com

12 thoughts on “History Research Group

  1. drm

    Hi Beverley,
    I’ve forwarded your email to a local historian who should get in touch soon.
    Best wishes,
    David

  2. Beverlee Lang

    Hello, I am writing a bit of a memoir, my own journey in faith. the first church/ sunday school I attended was the Hebers Free Methodist church on Hollin Lane, demolished in 1969 or 1970 ish and housing built on the land. I am looking for any photographs of this church. I have scoured on line and have not found any, perhaps someone could sign post me?
    Thanks in advance.

  3. drm

    Hello Heidi

    I apologise for the two month delay. Corvid 19 appears to have got in the way!

    I’m familiar with the books. Are they close enough to Middleton for you to deliver or for me to collect?

    Thanks very much for contacting us.

    Geoff

  4. drm

    Hello Bryan. I knew May Moores and my brother, Norman, knew Alex/Alec. I put your question on Old Middleton New Middleton (Facebook) and had a number of comments. Here’s a couple:

    Yes , I lived near that bakery . I went past there a while back and it was still a bakery , don’t know if it’s still open . In those days when May had it , it was thriving , 5 or six serving at a time . She did catering as well.

    I lived on Waverley Rd when I was a kid. Remember May Moore’s bakery well. Proper muffins. It was the end shop where the round about is. There was also William Newsagent. There was a grocers a clothes shop and an ironmonger shop. Can’t think of their names. It’s going to haunt me all night till I remember It was about 54yrs ago.

    And from Norman

    Yes May Moore’s had a bakery on Hollin Estate and her son Alec worked for a long time in The Netherlands commuting between Manchester Monday morning returning for the weekend on a Friday. Mrs.Moores if I remember correctly, retired to the City of Gloucester

    Hollin Estate is on the Rochdale side of Middleton. I lived about 500 yards as the crow flies from May Moores’ shop.

    Hope this is of some help.

    Geoff

  5. drm

    Hi Bryan,
    I will forward your email onto a local historian. Best wishes.
    David
    Site Admin.

  6. Bryan Henstock

    I knew a person ‘Alex Moores’ in Canada over 40 years ago. His mother ran a shop in Middleton or Oldham called ‘Moore’s Pie’. They were apparently well known in the surrounding area.
    Any help?

  7. In the estate of my late husband who came from Rhodes/Middleton I find two booklets entitled „Memories of a Middleton Moonraker“ by Alfred Howarth and „Middleton in “ by Morris Garratt and John Cole.
    Could someone please advice me what I could do with them?

    Thanking you.
    Heidi Moran

  8. drm

    I’ve forwarded your query to a local historian. Best wishes, Site Admin

  9. Roy Liddle

    Hi I wonder if you can help with research on my .family history
    My Brother , Peter Liddle , was born in Macclesfield ,March 1943 ( no exact date) , but the family had no connections with that area , all being cotton workers in Middleton . I wonder if this may be due to evacuation during the was and if so was this common practice.

    Also I am trying to access parish records for both St Leonards Church and St Micheals and wonder if you have a link ?
    Normally I would visit the library but of course not possible in the unusual time

    many thanks

    roy liddle

  10. Me

    Hi I would like them if still available I live in the centre of Middleton and have done since birth.
    Thanks

  11. drm

    Happy new Year. Yes, I’m sure they would be. I’ll write separately to you. David M.

  12. Jackie Aiton

    I wonder if you can help. I have been clearing out my grandfathers belongings and have come across a number of books and photographs relating to Middleton and the surrounding area from 1860 to WW1. Would these be if any interest to anyone at Middleton heritage? I can’t bring myself to throw them away but am not really sure what to do with them!

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