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Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire: a thriving pocket of culture

Hebden Bridge developed into an industrial town in the nineteenth century – as did many of Manchester’s surrounding towns.  At one point, it was known as ‘Trouser Town’. But its distinctive landscape, with hills and streams, made it ideal for water-powered weaving mills. Built in 1897, the Town Hall is a Grade II Listed Building. It has acted […]

Stockport Town Hall
Stockport Town Hall

Stockport, home of silk, hats and heritage!

Stockport has been a centre for the hatting industry from the 17th century, and it later became a centre for silk production. Stockport was a prototype textile town. Stockport’s first mill opened in 1732 – the first water-powered textile mill in England’s North West. Working conditions were often difficult, because of the boom and bust […]

Worsley, Greater Manchester was one of the first industrialised towns

Worsley expanded significantly from 1761, as a result of the completion of the Bridgewater Canal. Francis Egerton (3rd Duke of Bridgewater) commissioned its construction, and this was to simplify the transportation of coal from his Worsley mines to Manchester. Coal was an important resource, because it fuelled steam engines. Over-reliance on pack horse transport was extant prior to […]

Spinning mill

Cottoning on to the Industrial Revolution – Cotton in Britain

Cotton is a mainstay of the textile industry, and it remains a crucial resource to this day. The East India Company first imported cotton to Britain in the 16th century. As a result, cotton’s popularity grew, and its value soared. The spinning frame (1769) generated large-scale industrial production. Consequently, the cultural and social impact upon […]

Rochdale Town Hall

Rochdale, Greater Manchester, where the Co-Operative Movement was Born

Rochdale sits at the foothills of the South Pennines. It flourished into a centre of Northern England’s wool trade from the 13th century. Rochdale was also a prominent boomtown during the first Industrial Revolution. With textile manufacture as key industry, the area subsequently developed as one of Britain’s first industrial towns. The town’s rapid development was partly due to Rochdale […]

Oxford named top performing city to live in Growth for Cities Report

‘Good Growth’ Survey names Oxford ‘top performing city’  and Bradford the ‘most improving’ A nationwide analysis has named Oxford the top performing city to live and work in the UK for the fourth year in a row. Oxford beat Reading due to its record on work-life balance, income, transport and skills. The ‘most improved’ city is Bradford. The annual Demos-PwC […]

Sussex – The 1066 country and county by the sea

Sussex on the south coast of Britain is the county of the South Downs and the sea. The coastal strip of Sussex squeezed between the South Downs and the English Channel. Here are a long string of beach resorts: Bognor, Worthing, Hove and of course Brighton, the most famous of them all. Past Beachy Head […]

Chichester Cathedral

Guided Tours – Visiting with local experts

Throughout Britain, Blue and Green Badge Tourist Guides offer tours around towns and to individual destinations and buildings. Giving visitors invaluable insights into the background and history of an area. Guides cover many interesting themes reflecting an individual passion they may have. They also cover particular themes and features of specific towns. Some will be able […]