Antiques and collectables shops from Glossop to Ramsbottom
The fourth part of East of the M60’s series of seven posts for Catch The Bus Week 2016
After a trip to the charming Vintage 55 in the centre of Oldham, we mark the halfway point of our Antiques Bus Trip by heading south to Reddish. Yes, it’s another two bus job.
Oldham to Reddish
- 409: Oldham [King Street] – Ashton-under-Lyne (First Greater Manchester);
- 7: Ashton-under-Lyne – Reddish [Houldsworth Square] (via Droylsden, Gorton and Dane Bank) (Stagecoach Manchester); or,
- 180/184: Oldham [King Street] – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (via Hollins, Hollinwood, and Failsworth) (First Greater Manchester);
- 76: Oldham [King Street] – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (via Limeside, Failsworth, and Newton Heath) (Stagecoach Manchester);
- 83: Oldham [Manchester Street, outside Mario’s hairdressers] – Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] (via Werneth, Hollinwood, and Failsworth) (First Greater Manchester);
- 203: Manchester [Piccadilly Gardens] – Reddish [Houldsworth Square] (via Belle Vue, Gorton, and Debdale Park) (Stagecoach Manchester).
For this leg, we are blessed with a number of options. The Ashton way gives us a nippy 409 bus, followed by the meandering 7 service via Droylsden and Gorton. Going via Manchester city centre offers a greater variety of options for the first leg alone.
Houldsworth Mill in Reddish isn’t only an iconic structure for the Lancashire town. It is probably one of Lancashire’s most iconic cotton mills. The mill is in two parts with an office block and central chimney straddling the two mills (á la Left Twix/Right Twix fashion). In the 1960s, one part of the mill was extended and became a warehouse for Myers Catalogue. By the 1970s, the mill was split into multiple uses and lay derelict till the 1990s.
The mill boasts two separate shopping centres within the block hitherto occupied by Myers. There is the Houldsworth Mill Emporium, which is situated at basement level where the loading bay for Myers used to be. Then there’s also Houldsworth Mill Shopping Village, which occupies the mill’s upper floors. Access is available via a lift or a set of stairs. If you look through any of the westward facing windows, you can get excellent views of Manchester and much further afield, beautifully framed by the Houldsworth Golf Course.
For antiques and collectables, the Houldsworth Mill Emporium is the better of the two centres. One of the units is a fantastic antiques and collectables shop that I noticed on my 2014 visit. There is also furniture stores and a good café.
The upstairs shopping centre is a great place for quirky gifts, catalogue seconds or overstocks, and secondhand books. There is also a café, where the views of Manchester are seen as a selling point as much as the food. Whereas Houldsworth Mill Emporium is set out in a similar fashion to a market hall, the Houldsworth Mill Shopping Village replicates an olde worlde street scene with mock Tudor beams on its walls.
If you’re ever in Reddish, you could spend half a day in both Houldsworth Mill and the adjacent Broadstone Mill. We eulogised about both mills in an East of the M60 Go Cheapway… entry in May 2014 (which is the only EM60 blog post to have been written on a digital tablet (never again – unless with a keyboard)).
For Day Five, there’s a choice of two buses to our next venue. From Houldsworth Square, either the 7 from Ashton-under-Lyne, or the 203 from Piccadilly Gardens. All will be revealed tomorrow.
S.V., 07 July 2016