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The December meeting is a Christmas Social open to all. Next years meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month Visitors are very welcome - see the Your meetings page for full details

Littleborough’s History Centre

Located on Platform 2 at Littleborough Station, the centre is open on Saturdays between 11 o’clock and till around 3:30/4:00 pm. More information is available here

Littleborough History Society Group Page      

Wardle and Smallbridge Group      

Recent Changes to the Website

The new pages detailing the history of the Turnpike and other Toll Roads in and around Littleborough has now been completed (February 2019) - go to ‘Turnpike’ with details of individual roads available by the links below:

1. 1734 Blackstone Edge Turnpike – Old and New Roads covered Smallbridge (later Rochdale) to Halifax;

2. 1759 Whitelees to Doghills (Dean Head) via Calderbrook;

3. 1777 (road completed by 1786) Dean Head (Doghills) to Todmorden;

4. 1824 Steanor Bottom to Littleborough - Todmorden Road Turnpike;

Other Toll Roads:

A) Around Hollingworth Lake and to Rakewood;

B) Hollingworth Lake to Littleborough Private Road;

C) Clegg Hall Private Road to Smallbridge etc

The ‘History Trails’ now published provide almost a complete guide to Littleborough and Smithy Bridge and largely replace the ‘Littleborough’ book which has been out of print for some time and is in very limited supply. These can be obtained from Kelsall’s Book shop in the Square, The Coach House on Lodge Street and from the History Centre - see also the Pub Book page for its special price.