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Visit the Cotton Famine Road

Cotton Famine RoadLancashire Cotton Famine Road

You may have watched a programme on 29th June on BBC4, called ‘Black and British: a Forgotten History’, presented by the historian David Olusoga, which focussed on the supportive relationship between the mill workers of Rochdale and enslaved Africans in the American South, and featured  ‘Cotton Famine Road’.  This was a road improvement project, running for a mile and a half across Rooley Moor, on the outskirts of Rochdale,  from Catley Lane Head Village to Ding Quarry, devised by the Poor Law Guardians to provide paid work for unemployed and impoverished cotton workers during the ‘Cotton Famine’ of 1861-65.

Read more: Visit the Cotton Famine Road 

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John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

Imperial War Museum North

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Peoples History Museum

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Manchester Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)

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