Antiques Bus Trip: Day Two, Mossley

The second instalment of our bus trip through from Glossop to Ramsbottom

East of the M60’s series of seven posts for Catch The Bus Week 2016

Mossley view
Glorious: a 2008 view of Top Mossley from Mossley Cross. On the right hand side is Seel Park, Mossley AFC’s home.

After the joys of Glossop, we skirt another corner of the Pennine foothills by bus. Or rather, two buses to be precise.

Glossop to Mossley

  • 236/237: Glossop – Stalybridge (Stagecoach Manchester);
  • 340/343/353/354: Stalybridge – Bottom Mossley (Stagecoach Manchester/Stott’s Tours/First Greater Manchester or MCT Travel (Bank Holidays and Sundays) before 6pm).

Supposing we had a Red Team and a Blue Team, as in Antiques Road Trip, we could see Anita Manning take the faster 236 to Stalybridge with Charlie Ross. Kate Bliss and Tim Wonnacott may go for the more frequent 237, in spite of its slower journey time.

Either the 236 or 237 would suffice up to Stalybridge. By Stalybridge things get a little complicated. We could either alight outside the Labour Club and go to the stop outside TESCO (for the 343 or the 340 – latter if Sundays, Bank Holidays or Evenings), or alight at Stalybridge railway station for the 353 or 354 service.

At Mossley, alighting our 353 or 354 is straightforward. It’s the stop outside The Commercial facing Crunchy Chicken and LL’s Kitchen. For the 340 or the 343, it is the stop outside The Britannia Inn, which is even closer to our next venue than the Mossley buses via Heyrod.

Emmaus Mossley and the Mossley Heritage Centre

A short walk down Queen Street (off Manchester Road) takes you to Emmaus Mossley. Situated in Longlands Mill, there is four parts to their establishment. One is the Mossley Heritage Centre. The main part of Emmaus Mossley is the secondhand superstore which is on two floors. Adjoining the first floor main shopping area is the café which offers affordably priced light bites and hot and cold drinks.

Next to the café is the Collectables Room. This part of Emmaus Mossley is of great interest to collectors of glassware, crockery, and valuable knick knacks.

Mossley Heritage Centre

For a good introduction to Mossley’s industrial heritage, the Mossley Heritage Centre is a good place to start. There are changeable displays as well as permanent exhibits.

  • Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
  • Also open Saturdays, 12.00 midday to 2.00 pm.

Secondhand Superstore

The main part of Emmaus Mossley is the secondhand superstore which has a distinct character on each floor. The ground floor is dedicated to secondhand furniture, from settees to bookshelves.

The main retail area is on the first floor, the same level as the café, Collectables Room, and toilets. On taking the stairs from the ground floor, you see the secondhand book section. There is more furniture for sale between the book shelves and the café.

Another entrance takes us to the vintage clothing section, plus recorded music (cassette, LP, CD), DVDs. Compared with one of my previous visits, the clothing section has expanded, at the expense of albums and DVDs.

  • Open Mondays, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm.
  • Also open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.
  • Café open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Collectables Room

Opposite the café is Emmaus’ Collectables Room. This part is a great source for glassware, crockery, and possibly the odd antique camera.

  • Tuesdays and Fridays, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm (closed for lunch between 12.30 pm and 1.00 pm).

More than a shop

Emmaus Mossley is part of a global community. The Emmaus Community was formed by Father Henri-Antoine Groues in 1949. Better known as Abbe Pierre, he was a war hero and a French MP. Emmaus UK was formed in the early 1990s, thanks to changes in Social Security benefit (particularly Housing Benefit), which led to a rise in homelessness. The first UK community was set up in Cambridge. Hitherto homeless people live and work in Emmaus communities, with the ‘rent’ being their work.

Emmaus came to Mossley in 1997 with the opening of a small shop, and the sale of reconditioned furniture in Longlands Mill on Saturday mornings. In 2001, its Heritage Centre opened. There are 24 en-suite bedrooms for its community members who serve in the superstore or restore furniture.

Next up…

You could spend a good hour in Emmaus Mossley. Maybe two hours if you choose to have your lunch in the café. Besides being good for the 340, 350, 343, 353, and 354 buses, it is handy for the railway station.

For Day Three, well there’s two ways of getting to our next stage by bus. Either the quick way or a more scenic route.

S.V., 05 July 2016

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