Local history retold through the Todmorden Globe

PUBLISHED: 20:54 02 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:00 20 February 2013

Canal-user John Woodhouse gets first touch of Todmorden’s tactile new globe

Canal-user John Woodhouse gets first touch of Todmorden’s tactile new globe

How Todmorden is taking on the world Photographs by Steve Morgan

A cast iron globe is causing something of a commotion in Todmorden after it appeared beside the Rochdale Canal.


The globe, which shows how the town became connected to the rest of the world once the canal opened in 1804, has been installed in Lever Street car park as part of the Canal Connections project, a partnership initiative led by rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects. It is one of a number of canal-side pieces planned as part of an ongoing project begun before the recent floods.


The globe was cast locally by Hargreaves Foundry in Halifax from a pattern made by Arthur Jackson & Co from Brighouse.


Ruth Hair, from Pennine Prospects, is hoping the globe will become a much loved feature in Todmorden: Its very tactile and the more people touch it, tracing the trade routes or just spotting all the places they have been on holiday, the more polished the globe will become.


Its also fun to spot all the little islands that have been missed off the map because the casting process cant cope with very fine detail. I think weve missed off the Isle of Wight for example I do hope we dont offend its residents.


For those of a techie disposition wanting more detail, QR coding on the globes panel cleverley allows smartphone users to immediately link through to the new Rochdale Canal website for even more information.


The funding for all this work has been sourced from the South Pennines Leader programme (the Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects.


Set up in 2005 as a champion for the South Pennines, Pennine Prospects is a rural regeneration c=ompany that aims to promote, protect and enhance the built, natural and cultural heritage of the region.

It has established cross-sector partnerships with six authorities Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Lancashire, Oldham and Rochdale alongside Natural England, major landowners such as United Utilities, Yorkshire Water and the National Trust and organisations from the private and voluntary sectors.


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