I attended Sutherland high school in 1966 aged 11 the school hadn’t been built long. The rosla block had just been built …never new that what meant. About the school: Apparently it was built on old ground where many soldiers had died so certain parts of the school were haunted by them. I left at […]
In the Summer of 2019 a group of young people from Rochdale Youth Service worked with artist Oliver Bishop and film maker Lee Marks to create a film about their estate, Darnhill in Heywood. The film was later shown in a time machine which was built for the Darnhill festival. Designed by two children from […]
Watch our short film about the Overspill project.
P: Here’s one to ponder on , the 1970’s ghost train! Back in 1975/1976 me and my mate from school , also called Paul, sat on the banks of the railway tracks , in the dark I might add, waiting for the infamous Ghost train that was reputed to travel past towards Castleton. On the […]
This picture was shared by Lisa the younger girl in the picture. The older girl is her friend who lived on the same road. The photograph was taken around 1977. Lisa no longer lives in Darnhill, having moved away in 1993 My dad would have no doubt taken the picture as he loved snapping everything […]
Mum and Dad were housed in Whinfell Drive. I was born in Langley, Whinfell Drive in 1958. I remember my family life being very happy and full of love. This Christmas, 2019, I am staying again for Christmas. My 4 siblings, who live all over the country, have all been here too with their families, […]
In March 2020, as the Overspill project was drawing to an end, the world went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here we explore what life in lockdown has been like some people in Langley.
In March 2020, as the Overspill project was drawing to an end, the world went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here we explore what life in lockdown has been like some people in Darnhill.
I remember from 3 or 4 years old there was six of us in a 2 bedroom house. We had an outside tipple toilet loo shared by three houses. Our mums took it in turns to clean it out. In the winter, we had frozen pipes, thick frost on the windows, gas lighting and candles […]
An Overspill Estate called Darnhill Darnhill started out as an overspill, A place for families to make a new home. For me it’s where I went to school, A place my Mum had attended before. My mum grew up on Heap Bridge, When farms and fields were all around. Darnhill did not exist in her […]