Saddleworth in the Community

Dobcross has been described as one of the best preserved industrial villages in the country. The Square, still with its weavers cottages and cobbles is one of the more favoured sights of Saddleworth, lovingly reproduced on cards, prints and paintings.

Due to its hillside location, Dobcross flourished in the very early days and was the largest village in Saddleworth until the end of the 19th century. Throughout the ages, it has always been bustling with activity despite its small size and at one time was home to the Saddleworth Bank, now incorporated into the National Westminster Bank. Its importance emerged from its location at an ancient crossing point of the River Tame of an old packhorse route between Lancashire and Yorkshire. The construction of roads and canals through the valleys in the second half of the nineteenth century, led to the hillside centre of Dobcross losing its pre-eminence.

Still retaining most of its original architecture, the centre of Dobcross offers a unique view of Saddleworth's past which can be perused whilst relaxing with a drink outside The Swan located in the square. The Holy Trinity Church in Dobcross was built in the dramatic Italian style of the late 18th century and is now a listed building.

For more information, news and pictures of Dobcross, please visit the resident mananged site

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