Date published: 24 June 2015
Additional information about Broadfield Stile has been found by the Local Studies team at the Local Studies Library in Touchstones Rochdale Arts and Heritage Centre.
The Broad field was used for pasture by the vicar, as it was part of Glebe.
This might have been part of the access to the area, as a style is a barrier to stop sheep and cattle but allows access for people.
This area also had gravel walks for the use of the vicar and his family and for ‘ladies and gentlemen who took the air there in fine weather’.
On Sundays it was the ‘public promenade of the whole town’, being the only open space in the vicinity.
To determine if it is in its original position they need a more exact location so that they can compare it to historical maps.
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