The Norden Heritage Project has been set up by Local Councillor, Peter Winkler following a long fought battle to save the iconic Black Pits Chimney. Peter said: “Saving the chimney was just one battle but it made me stop and think about all the other important built heritage that makes our village so special, and how easily it could be lost without proper protection. That is why, with the help of the heritage specialists at Rochdale Council, The Norden History Group and the Countryside Rangers I have set up the Norden Heritage Project.”
The aim of the project is to identify significant heritage features within Norden, restore them if needed, and put the protection in place to preserve them for future generations. One of the first undertakings will be to look at the area around Black Pits Chimney, along Moss Row and into Naden Valley to create the ‘Norden Woodland Heritage Trail’. Work has already begun with the planting of trees along Moss Row and there are some great plans for further development of the area so that it can be enjoyed by more people for generations to come.
This is just the start though, the project will reach throughout many areas of Norden and will include some larger works along with other smaller projects. Councillor Winkler said: “We have a lot of very knowledgeable people in the village who can recount stories of long forgotten paths, landmarks and points of interest, so I am keen to hear from anyone who has suggestions for what could be next.”
So tell us what you think should be included in the project. Is there a footpath, old street sign, landmark or something else that you think could benefit from recognition, restoration or protection. Let us know using the contact form below.
We are pleased to have funded new fruit trees on Moss Row which will form the start of a community orchard along our new woodland heritage trail.
In recognition of it's particular historic and architectural significance, Norden's iconic War Memorial has been given a grade II listing by Historic England.