#8 - Rochdale
The Wimbly-Womblys travelled up the M6 to the market town located in Greater Manchester (spit) known as Rochdale. First cited in the Domesday Book of 1086, Rochdale is in the traditional hundred of Salford and was granted a royal charter in 1251.
Being in Greater Manchester (spit) the town used to lie in the heart of Lancashire's textile industry and was probably one of the examples of those "dark Satanic Mills" which William Blake wrote about in the preface to his epic "Milton: a Poem".
Of course with the decline of Britain's manufacturing industries and it textile industry in particular, Rochdale is currently famous for two things:
1. Being the home of Gillian Duffy, who the then PM Gordon Brown called a 'bigoted woman' during the 2010 Election campaign.
2. Diddly Squat.
People of Rochdale don't tend to have the same Mancunian whine which people closer to the city have and speak wi' a more Lanc'y speak like. Maybe more like Burnley:
Rochdale is in Lancashire, England. Rockdale is in Sydney, Australia.
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