Our Neighbours

Robert Peel statue, Bury, Lancashire, local history
Heywood did not exist in a vacuum, nor was it sealed underneath a dome. The history of our town is interwoven with the histories of our neighbours and of course the wider county and country it is a part of.

Heywood was for many centuries a part of Bury, while pockets of the town remained a part of Middleton. After less than a century of independence (1888-1974), it is now part of Rochdale, for better or for worse. Understanding the history these towns helps us to better understand Heywood.


History of Rochdale by Henry Fishwick (online book)

Historical Middleton by John Dean (online book)