July 2022

About Slattocks



A semi-rural enclave, situated mid-way between the conurbations of Middleton and Castleton.  A little oasis of green pleasantness, Slattocks gently hugs the historic old Rochdale Canal as it meanders it’s way through from Sowerby Bridge to Manchester. Here you will find the “Slattocks flight”, a series of six locks on the canal historically known as Laneside, with the old Lock-keeper’s house at top lock 54 marking the start of the flight.

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On the far left of the aerial photograph above is the Slattocks Roundabout. The Slattocks link road from the A627(M) joins from below and the road heads off upwards over the canal and railway line, and onwards to Middleton.  Extending across the top section of the photo is the Manchester Golf Club, and above that the wooded grounds of the ancient Hopwood Hall.  Nestled on the roundabout is the Ship Inn pub, an establishment that has been frequented by locals and visitors alike for over 150 years. Slattocks itself lies to the right of the roundabout, along the Rochdale road which passes the Hopwood Arms, Thornham Cricket Club,  All-In-One Garden Centre, and the Norton Grange hotel and spa. Beyond here we out of Slattocks and heading towards Castleton, and ultimately to the delights of Rochdale.

The unadopted, pot-holed Thornham Lane cuts a hedgerowed straight line off the Rochdale road, passing St. John’s Thornham church, and the old Toll Bar Cottage. Some have mused whether Thornham Lane was in fact an old Roman road. Travel the lane for a whole mile and you will come across the Tandle Hill Tavern, and a short walk further will get you to Tandle Hill Country Park, and rewarded with the commanding views from the top of Tandle Hill for miles and miles.