Saddleworth in the Community

Lydgate is located on a hillside ridge boasting fantastic panoramic views across Oldham and Manchester. The village, which merges down the hill with Grasscroft was mostly built during the 18th century.

As always it was the transportation routes which sparked the creation of the village, with houses appearing, first on the old packhouse route of Quickedge Lane and then on the turnpike road, which is now Stockport Road. The White Hart drew its first trade from users of the turnpike road running alongside over 200 years ago.

St Anne’s church was built at the end of the eighteenth century in the preaching house style. The steep pitched roof and clock tower were added in 1911. The difference in stone work and style between the tower and original walls is still apparent today.

Lydgate school, opposite the church, was built in the late eighteenth century and was in use until the school relocated to new accommodation in the 1960s. The building is still in use as a private nursery and infant school today.

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