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Dukinfield Town Hall - The Reopening

Dukinfield Town Hall


To celebrate the reopening of the fully refurbished Dukinfield Town Hall completed in February 2005

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A Chronology of Dukinfield

  • 1265: Robert de Dokenfeld is Lord of the Manor.
  • 1398: Chapel at Dukinfield Hall licensed by Bishop of Lichfield.
  • 1500: Gothic chapel built at Dukinfield Hall around this time.
  • 1619: Birth of Colonel Robert Duckenfield.
  • 1640: First Independent congregation in England established at Old Hall Chapel.
  • 1647: George Fox preaches at Dukinfield.
  • 1651: Troops under Colonel Duckenfield's command capture Isle of Man.
  • 1681: John Fletcher dies in an accident at the Dukinfield Pit.
  • 1689: Death of Colonel Duckenfield.
  • 1708: First service held at Old Chapel.
  • 1751: Foundation stone laid for first Moravian chapel, Old Road.
  • 1752: Cotton spinning starts in Dukinfield.
  • 1755: Dukinfield Moravian Congregation gains official recognition.
  • 1758: Death of Sir William Duckinfield.
  • 1760: Lady Duckinfield Daniel, Sir William's widow, marries John Astley.
  • 1762: Lady Duckinfield Daniel dies, estates pass to John Astley.
  • 1770: First Methodist chapel opened at Dukinfield Hall.
  • 1775: Dukinfield Lodge completed.
  • 1787: John Astley dies aged 67. Buried at Old Chapel.
  • 1792: Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham Canal Act gets royal assent. First two cotton mills opened in Dukinfield: Old Mill, Park Road; and Furnace Mill, Bridge Eye.
  • 1794: Huddersfield Narrow Canal and Peak Forest Canal Acts passed.
  • 1800: Crescent Road opened.
  • 1807: Hunters Tower and Old General pub opened. First service at Providence Chapel, Crescent Road.
  • 1810: Old Chapel School opened at corner of Pickford Lane and Town Lane.
  • 1812: Luddite unrest reaches Dukinfield.
  • 1816: First Primitive Methodist Meetings held in Dukinfield.
  • 1819: Peterloo Massacre in Manchester. Robert Moffat marries Mary Smith of Plantation Farm. Their daughter Mary Moffat was to marry David Livingstone.
  • 1822: William Kenyon born.
  • 1825: New Providence Chapel opens. St. Mary's RC Church opened on Astley Street.
  • 1826: Handloom weavers' riots. Second Moravian chapel opened.
  • 1829: Methodist Church and School opened on Wellington Parade.
  • 1830: "General Strike" of cotton operatives.
  • 1833: Dukinfield Library founded.
  • 1835: Barn Meadow Mill opened at Dukinfield Hall.
  • 1836: Foundry Street Primitive Methodist Church opens. Foundry Street Wesleyan Methodist Church opens.
  • 1938: Chartist troubles.
  • 1839: Rebuilding of Old Chapel begins.
  • 1841: St. John's Church consecrated.
  • 1842: Plug Riots in Dukinfield.
  • 1844: Friedrich Engels writes about Dukinfield. Dog Lane station closes and a new station opens on Ashton-Stalybridge branch line, near to Alma Street.
  • 1845: Viaduct collapses during construction of Ashton-Stalybridge line. Sixteen men killed.
  • 1846: New station opens at Dog Lane.
  • 1849: St. Mark's Church consecrated.
  • 1853: Library moves to Town Lane.
  • 1854: Third Providence Chapel opens. Dukinfield Gasworks built.
  • 1855: Dukinfield Hall School opened. Alma Bridge built at a cost of £4,900.
  • 1856: Ensign Andrew Moynihan wins Victoria Cross at Sebastopol. St. Mary's R.C. Church opened on Zetland Street.
  • 1857: Dukinfield Board of Health established.
  • 1858: Death of Sir Henry Dukinfield, bringing the line to an end.
  • 1859: Tame Valley Methodists admitted to Ashton New Connexion Circuit. Magistrates' court opened on Russell Street.
  • 1860: Third Moravian chapel opens.
  • 1863: Cotton Famine riots.
  • 1864: Dukinfield Central Station opened, Wharf Street. Refuse Assurance Company establishes H.Q. at 59 Astley Street.
  • 1865: Crescent Road Church built on Providence Chapel site.
  • 1866: First burial at Dukinfield Cemetery. William Kenyon enters business as rope-maker.
  • 1867: Tame Valley mill opened.
  • 1868: Murphy Riots.
  • 1870: Foundation stone laid for St. Mark's School. Dukinfield Cricket Club founded.
  • 1872: Foundation stone laid for Old Hall Chapel extensions. Astley Street Primitive Methodist Church opens.
  • 1873: Old Hall Congregational Church opens.
  • 1874: Astley pit disaster - 54 men killed. Eighteen cotton mills in Tame Valley.
  • 1875: Kenyons move to Chapel Field. Dukinfield mining industry at its height. Six collieries employ 1,120 miners.
  • 1877: Foundation stone laid for Primitive Methodist Schools, Foundry Street.
  • 1878: Tower mill and River mill opened on Park Road.
  • 1879: Death of Reyner Stephens. Buried in St. John's churchyard.
  • 1880: Gertrude Susan Astley marries Sir Arthur Nicholson. Dukinfield Rugby Club founded.
  • 1881: Baptists begin to meet on Town Lane.
  • 1884: Dukinfield Liberal Club opens.
  • 1885: Astley mill opens at junction King Street and Dewsnap Lane. Daniel Adamson becomes chairman of Manchester Ship Canal Company.
  • 1888: Adamson's Military Band formed.
  • 1889: St. Luke's Church licensed.
  • 1890: Daniel Adamson dies.
  • 1893: Dukinfield and Ashton station opened on Cooper Street.
  • 1895: Dukinfield Technical School opened, Town Lane. Dukinfield Urban District Council established.
  • 1897: Public meeting held demanding that Dukinfield petition for Charter of Incorporation.
  • 1898: Crescent Road Board Schools opened.
  • 1899: Dukinfield receives Charter of Incorporation as a borough. Henry Pratt becomes first mayor. Park Road Spinning Mill opened.
  • 1900: Sewerage works opened.
  • 1901: Astley pit closes. Queen mill opened - last cotton mill built in Dukinfield. Town Hall opened.
  • 1902: Dukinfield Park opened. Alma Bridge toll booth burned.
  • 1903: Reliance Rope Walk opened on Charles Street, longest in England. County Bridge widened. Dukinfield Court and police station opened, Chapel Street. Dukinfield Post Office opened.
  • 1904: First tram passes through Dukinfield. First domestic customer connected for electricity.
  • 1905: Construction of Great Central Railway Wagon and Carriage Works begins.
  • 1907: Operatic Society founded.
  • 1910: Wagon Works in full operation. First cinema opens: Electric Palace, Crescent Road (later Palladium).
  • 1913: Golf course opens. Princess Cinema opens on King Street.
  • 1914: Pte Richard Furnival is first Dukinfield serviceman to die. Lt. Arthur Stuart Nicholson dies on the Aisne. Pte John Wilcock wins French Medaille Militaire. Dukinfield Volunteer Defence Corps founded.
  • 1915: Lt. William Dukinfield Nicholson dies at Ypres. Astley line now without male heir.
  • 1917: Newton Wood war memorial unveiled.
  • 1918: Dukinfield becomes part of Stalybridge and Hyde constituency.
  • 1919: First Labour councillors elected - W. Dickinson, F. G. Temple and T. Benson.
  • 1920: Lady Gertrude Nicholson dies. Globe Square and Tame Valley war memorials unveiled.
  • 1921: Oxford cinema opens on corner of Oxford Road and Foundry Street.
  • 1922: Chapel Hill war memorial unveiled.
  • 1926: Cemetery war memorial unveiled.
  • 1927: Dukinfield gets first motor bus service, to Audenshaw.
  • 1928: Clarendon Fields housing estate opened.
  • 1930: St. Alban's Mission opened, Tame Valley.
  • 1931: Traffic lights erected at King Street - Wharf Street junction. Dukinfield Baptist Church opened. Lakes Road Girls School opened.
  • 1936: First tenants move into Barlow Road estate. Jubilee Hall foundation stone laid.
  • 1941: Shaw's Brewery taken over by John Smith's.
  • 1944: Astley Street Primitive Methodist Church closes.
  • 1946: Memorial to Robert Moffat unveiled at Plantation Farm. George VI passes through Dukinfield on visit to Manchester area.
  • 1947: Development of Yew Tree Lane area begins.
  • 1948: Dukinfield Lodge demolished. Dukinfield Town AFC founded.
  • 1949: Electric lighting installed on King Street and Victoria Road.
  • 1950: Dukinfield Hall demolished. Dukinfield and Ashton station closes. Tame Valley Methodist Church opens.
  • 1951: Second World War memorial tablet unveiled at Chapel Hill war memorial.
  • 1953: Kenyon's provide ropes for Everest expedition. The two Foundry Street Methodist chapels merge, the Wesleyan one being vacated. Dukinfield Crematorium opened.
  • 1955: Dukinfield estates pass to Margaret Becher.
  • 1956: Moravians establish base on Yew Tree Lane. Astley Grammar School opened.
  • 1958: Palladium cinema closes.
  • 1959: Dukinfield Central Station closes.
  • 1960: Princess and Oxford cinemas close.
  • 1961: Charlotte Gertrude Astley Nicholson dies.
  • 1962: St. Peter and St. Paul's (All Saints) R.C. School opens.
  • 1963: Dukinfield Park boating pool war memorial opened.
  • 1964: Prince Philip visits Kenyons. Swimming baths opened.
  • 1965: Oxford cinema reopens.
  • 1966: Oxford cinema closes.
  • 1968: Queen visits Dukinfield. Foundry Street (Primitive) Methodist Church closes.
  • 1972: LNWR viaduct demolished. Crescent Road URC reopens.
  • 1973: George Hatton becomes last Mayor of Dukinfield. Moravian chapel opened on Yew Tree Lane, Old Road site sold.
  • 1974: Dukinfield becomes part of Tameside M.B.C.
  • 1978: New Methodist Church opened on Wellington Parade.
  • 1984: New central library opened on Concord Way.
  • 1995: Last service held at St. Alban's Mission.
  • 1996: Miss Becher dies. Last textile-producer, Bowker and Ball, Tame Valley, closes.
  • 1997: Dukinfield becomes part of Denton and Reddish Parliamentary constituency.
  • 2005: Refurbishment of Dukinfield Town Hall completed.
Page last updated: 16 April 2013