Toad Lane Conservation Area

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Toad Lane, Rochdale, United Kingdom

Toad Lane Conservation Area Rochdale Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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Disappointing little conservation area Sep 17, 2011
Toad Lane is the least impressive conservation area I have ever seen.  It consists of one pub (I didn’t go in, but I am sure it is perfectly pleasant), one toymaker, and a building that at the time of writing is entirely hidden by scaffolding.  I am guessing, because there was no sign to tell me, that this is the Pioneers Museum, which I believe is dedicated to the history of the Co-Op movement.  Although well signposted, it is easy to miss, because it is so tiny.  And although those three buildings may be preserved, it is sandwiched between a dual carriageway and a very modern shopping mall.


Even if you are an avid fan of either co-ops, or pubs, I cannot imagine a circumstance where this place would be worth visiting until whatever is under that scaffolding comes back out.  And even then, I can’t imagine it being worth a special trip.  I am glad I just happened to be passing on my way somewhere else.  As this is a street, access is good (if pointless) and no one tried to charge me any money for this.  There’s no special parking but there is a shopping mall across the street to park at. 

Possibly the world's least impress…
not helped by its backdrop!
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davidx says:
Not sure - I went there for meetings when I was working and once to the Antiques Road Show more recently.
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011
sarahelaine says:
I admired the outside of the Town Hall very much- possibly more impressive than Manchester's- can people go in for a nosy look? I'm never sure if you're allowed in town halls or not.
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011
davidx says:
I;m afraid I have to agree with your assessment of Toad Lane. Rochdale Town Hall would have made better use of your time.
Posted on: Sep 20, 2011
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