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- The main problem with Radcliffe is the attitude of those who don't live here or who have moved here recently. The attitude that Radcliffe is a horrible ghetto filled with loud-mouth drunks and druggies is disgusting and evidence of the snobbery of those in other parts of Bury. Radcliffe has always been a working class area, and certain people seem to immediately assume it must be like the numerous descriptions on this page. Radcliffe is a lovely place to live.
But sadly, the preconceived ideas about this nice little town are becoming true. This is not due to the people of Radcliffe, but due to Bury Council and the people of Bury. Our two high schools were to be merged into one (and this was met with protest from many residents). A few years later while the building of the new school building was almost finished, we were told there would no longer be any high school in Radcliffe, they'd run out of money. We have since been told they had run out of money to clean up the canal, they were re-opening a section of the town to traffic (which again, only people from outside the town wanted so that they could rat-run through) and the major re-development that we were promised -twice- has failed to materialise. All the while the town of Bury gets a nice new shopping area and an NHS centre.
Radcliffe is going down hill because it is part of the Borough of Bury. It's unlikely that we can survive on our own, but we sure as hell can't survive in Bury. I am honestly disgusted by the comments on this page.
- 'The Ranch'. A Hairdressers in the Eighties on Bolton Road. It always seemed too good to be in Radclffe. Ran by people that were really into Joy Division and New Order, and would play them as you got your haircut.
- "The Ranch" hairdressers. In the early Eighties this place seemed far to good to be in Radcliffe. Situated opposite Lee's chippy on Bolton Road. Dark and green on the inside, always New Order or other Factory bands on the stereo.
- history : apparently the mills bomb grenade was manufactured in radcliffe - perhaps someone could confirm this? i would be interested in knowing when and where.
- I am not from Radcliffe,but it is one of the best places I have ever lived in,and I've lived in a few!
- Radcliffe is addictive, I don't know why. Living on the outskirts is fine, but there is no reason to go into the centre unless you have to go to the bank. Ethel Austin is great for kids socks. Asda is great, really handy now you can buy more or less everything in there. Its a shame why can't we have more decent shops, Woolworths, (great for kids) Wilkinsons etc. Clipso on Moss Shaw Way is the best hairdressers in town.
- The merger of Radcliffe with Bury years ago was a disaster as the council only really care about Bury when push comes to shove. Bury markeet gort a two million quid re-fit including a glass roof, marble pavements, indoor heating and private security as well as the police. Radcliffe market got a gibbet-like structure for hanging notices on about what's going on in Bury!
- The Rotary Club of Radcliffe
We do not have any exact record of the origin of the ancient Town of Radcliffe. Evidence has been found by excavation at the confluence of two rivers flowing through the town of an ancient prehistoric lake village settlement estimated to be some 8,000 years old, 6,000 B.C. but for certain, the town was recorded in the Domesday Book Survey of William the Conqueror in 1068, and therein referred to as Radclyffe in the Hundred of Salford.
It has had an exciting and turbulent history, being associated with the Royal families through the `Wars of the Roses' and the `Civil War' - hence the Norman Church and Castle or Tower. It is from this kind of background that the Banner (reproduced overleaf) has been designed by one of our members.
Radcliffe is in one of the countries traditional northern counties, Lancashire, of which the queen is the Duke of Lancaster in her own right, as well as being the Queen of England (as is any British Sovereign). Hence when in the traditional County of Lancashire the Loyal Toast is to "The Queen the Duke of Lancaster." This being by reason of the fact, that there is a link between the Crown and the first Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt, who founded the House of Lancaster, and whose London Palace was `The Savoy' on the banks of the Thames, roughly on the site of the present Savoy Hotel.
To identify these facts in the Banner : The cross on the white background is coloured red and is the traditional armorial bearing of St. George, usually as `St. George of England.'. The `Sovereign Lion with Crown' links the Queen and the diagonal stripes at the top of the banner, which are blue and white, identify her with John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Thus, in conjunction with the other obvious identifications, associating the Rotary Club of Radcliffe, District 1280 and the County of Lancashire, England.
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