Welcome to the town
of Middleton and thisismiddleton.co.uk!
This websites purpose
is to tell
the story of Middleton, it's history,
it's buildings and of course it's people.
Middleton is a truly ancient place with it's roots
stretching back 1,500
years, maybe even further.
Middleton could have been derived from the Old English
which means the middle farm or settlement in reference,
perhaps, to the towns location between Rochdale, Oldham
Middleton is home to a number of
significant architectural gems including the Grade I
St. Leonard's Parish Church and more than our
fair share of
Edgar Wood designed buildings including
Long Street Methodist Church.
church, St. Leonard's dates back to Saxon times when it
was a small church of wooden construction. A Norman
stone church was then constructed, it was completed
church is what many believe to be the oldest War
Memorial in existence in the United Kingdom, the Flodden
Window was commissioned by Sir Richard
Assheton, the then
lord of the manor and it commemorates and lists the
names of all the Archers of Middleton who fought on
Flodden Field in 1513.
home to the world renowned Architect and Designer
Wood and is home to many of his fantastic buildings.
Today the town is home to around
45,000 people and looks to be enjoying somewhat of a
revival with the newly completed
Middleton Arena, along
with proposed improvements to the towns open spaces and
street scene and major new investment from a supermarket
The website illustrates to our
citizens old and new and to a wider audience our town
of Middleton. Pages have been devoted to some of the
town's very colourful characters from the past including,
Thomas Langley, a Middletonian who became one of the
most powerful people in England as Lord Chancellor,
Samuel Bamford Middleton's own Author, Poet, Silk Weaver
and Radical and Middleton's long time ruling family -
Please take a moment to explore
and enjoy the
website, it is a work in progress just like Middleton
over the ages, many subjects are still being researched,
please feel free to add your suggestions by email.
If you have any stories or
photographs you would like adding please email them to
the address at the top of the page.
Enjoy your visit and please visit