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Baron Byron of .... Rochdale?

The focus of this website is on Byron and his connections with Lancashire.

Few Byron enthusiasts - or maybe just the southerners - have understood why the poet had the town of Rochdale in his title. Although his personal links to Lancashire were tenuous, his family connections went back to the Middle Ages. They were significant landowners in east Lancashire's Salford Hundred and were active politically throughout the 13th to the 17th centuries.

By the early nineteenth century, Byron's estate in Lancashire was a fraction of what it had been centuries earlier. His only visit to the Rochdale area was a brief stay at Hopwood Hall near Middleton in 1811. The aims of his only visit were simple and possibly cynical - to sell the estate and its mining rights and use the money to escape abroad.

Read 'Byron's Week in Middleton' to find out more about Byron's 1811 visit

Read 'The Byrons of Rochdale' to find out more about Byron family history in Lancashire.