This collection of over 200 photographs will take the reader back in time to the days when a few scattered folds grew with the Industrial revolution to form the thriving cotton town of Heywood. Move among the streets, shops and houses and revisits Heywood as it was, with all the prosperity and poverty associated with the textile trade. See the wild beauty of the valleys to the north of Heywood, whose streams powered the early mills. All this is possible with the help of this carefully selected collection of well indexed photographs and a little imagination! few of these photographs have appeared previously in print and little has been published before on Heywood. This book will appeal to all those who know the town and would welcome a trip into its recent past. The author was for several years the Local Studies Librarian of Heywood and is now the Reference Librarian for the Borough of Rochdale.