Walking tour of Oldham Town Centre

All day walking tour of Oldham Town Centre with Steve Roman and Sean Baggaley; Friday 14th June, 2019

Walking Tour of Oldham Town Centre
For catering purposes, please make bookings by June 3.

The tour of Oldham town centre will commence at Oldham King Street Metrolink stop (OL8 1EU) at 10.30 am.


The walk will include visits to:
Greek revival Oldham Town Hall (1841, J. Butterworth; extended 1879-80, G. Woodhouse and E. Potts);
Oldham Parish Church (1823-27, R. Lane;
George Street Chapel (1816);
Oldham Lyceum and Art School (1856 and 1881);
Union Street Congregational Chapel (URC, 1855, Moffat Smith)
Hilton Arcade (1883).
We will also see work by Edgar Wood, Alfred Waterhouse and Brian Clarke.

Sean Baggaley, Social Historian at Gallery Oldham, will show us the Oldham Panorama (1879); the original plans for the Town Hall and current plans for the latest stage of the Cultural Quarter.


We will be joined for part of the day by Kate Martyn of Donald Insall Associates, who has drafted the Oldham Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan.

The cost is £15, which includes morning and afternoon tea and donations to the churches. Lunch can be taken at one of the numerous cafes. Notes and maps will be provided. Oldham is a couple of degrees cooler than the Lancashire plain, and there will be some gentle uphill slopes. For parking, see www.visitoldham.com

We will finish around 5.00 at Oldham Library and Gallery, OL1 1AL, near to Oldham Central and Mumps Metrolink stops, with an optional 60 - 90 minute walk to, and around, Alexandra Park (Grade II*, created in response to the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861–1865).

To book, please send names to Steve Roman steve.roman@phonecoop.coop or text (or phone) 07939 059844 with your email address (for confirmation of details after June 3). Please pay on the day, or at the Victorian Society talk on 22 May. Cheques for £15.00 per person should be made payable to “The Victorian Society”.
If you do not have an email address please send names with a stamped self-addressed envelope for confirmation to David Astbury, 8 Masefield Avenue, Prestwich, M25 9QW. Tel: 07973 755 320.

As it is Whit Friday, if you haven’t experienced the annual Brass Band contests, you may wish to go on to visit one of the two dozen contests in Saddleworth or Tameside which begin late afternoon and, in some cases, go on to midnight, with up to 100 bands competing. Stalybridge contest began in 1870 and the Delph contest featured in the film “Brassed Off”.