"Throughout the land, wherever news is read,
Intelligence of their sad death has spread;
Those who now talk of far-famed Greenfield hills
Will think of Bill o'Jack's and Tom o'Bill's"
A gravestone in Saddleworth churchyard commemorates one of the most notorious double murders of the 19th century. The crime, at the remote Moorcock Inn, was never solved, but the public were fascinated. Ten thousand people went to the funeral, while thirty thousand came on just one Sunday to visit the scene of the crime.
LOCATION: Five miles east of Oldham
START: Wool Road car park on A670, just north of junction with A6052
Grid ref: SD996065 Postcode: OL3 5NG
DISTANCE: 4.5 miles
TIME: 2.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - Dark Peak Landranger 109 and 110
NOTE: Brownhill Countryside Centre, toilets
REFRESHMENTS: Church Inn & Diggle Hotel
EN ROUTE: Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Uppermill, Saddleworth, Standedge Tunnel, Dobcross, Diglea, Oldham Way
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News