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From Bob Hodkinson
Do you have any information about the oddfellows Hall built in 1849 at 22-26 Bridge Street, Ramsbottom?
I purchased the building about 4 years ago and have converted the building into 5 flats above the 2 existing shops at 24 and 26 Bridge Street. The conversion was carried out over 3 years and monitored closely by the conservation department of Bury council (namely Mick Nightingale). The 5th flat has yet to be completed but expect this to be done within the next 12 months.
Number 22 Bridge street consists of a stair well at the side of number 24 and the whole of the second floor which ran over number 24 and number 26.
It has in the past been a Conservative club in the 1970's and a dance studio until late 90,s. I have no other information.
The Oddfellows had a meeting room on the ground floor behind the stair well where they had a plaque indicating that the hall was a female lodge established in 1938. This plaque is now on display in the hallway.( attached file )
The building also has a date stone under the gutter line saying "Oddfellows Hall 1849"
I would like to think that this building is of interest to the heritage of Ramsbottom and may be of interest to the heritage society. Look forward to hearing from you.