Antiques Bus Trip: Day Seven, Ramsbottom

The final 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

Ramsbottom Bridge Street
Day Seven: Bridge Street, Ramsbottom. A familiar sight to anyone who has been on the East Lancashire Railway. Image by Nicholas Smale, 2011. (Creative Commons License, Some Rights Reserved).

We are near the end of our seven-day long tour ’round Greater Manchester’s antiques and collectables shops. In our trip, we have seen retro clothing, screw mount Leica cameras, 1970s radio and cassette recorders, and we’ve been through a ginnel to look at collectable items. For our final day, we take two buses towards the River Irwell town of Ramsbottom.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day Six, Manchester City Centre

Antiques and collectables shops from Glossop to Ramsbottom

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

Northern Quarter
Day Six: Manchester’s Northern Quarter has a good number of secondhand and vintage shops. If you’ve alighted or boarded a 192 or 219 bus more often than is considered healthy, you may be familiar with this place. Image by ReflectedSerendipity, 2015 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

There was no prizes for how we got to central Manchester. Well, you could be absolutely blunt and say “bus”. We might have caught one of Europe’s most frequent bus routes.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day Five, Stockport

The fifth 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

Indoor market #Stockport
Day Five, Stockport: the Victorian splendour that is the glass and ironwork of Stockport’s indoor market hall. Image by Peter Black, 2013. (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

After a joyous trip to Houldsworth Mill, our next journey is a doddle. As for buses, just the one, yet two services to choose from.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day Four, Reddish

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

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Day Four: Houldsworth Mill, Reddish. Home to a cornucopia of uses including office space, a creche, and speciality shopping. Image by Mr Stephen, 2006. Creative Commons License: Share Alike

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.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day Three, Oldham

Antiques and collectables shops from Glossop to Ramsbottom

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

Lyceum Theatre, 95 Union Street, Oldham
Day Three: either the 340, 343 or the 350 takes us to Oldham. Seen here are three icons of Oldham. Under wraps is the old town hall, in the midst of conversion to an ODEON multiplex cinema with restaurants. Dominating the scene is The Lyceum theatre and the modern-day icon of a Metrolink tram. Image by Dronsfield Autospares (www.dronsfields.com), 2014. Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved.

After our sojourn in Mossley, our next leg is considerably easier. We have the choice of the quick way via Lees (340 or 343), or the scenic route via Saddleworth (the 350 via Greenfield, Uppermill, Dobcross, and Delph). Continue reading “Antiques Bus Trip: Day Three, Oldham”

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.
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Antiques Bus Trip: Day One, Glossop

Antiques and collectables shops from Glossop to Ramsbottom

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

Norfolk Arms, Glossop
Day One of Antiques Bus Trip: The Norfolk Arms in Glossop has historically been the terminus of the 6 service (today’s 236 service, which co-works with the more regular 237 service via Hadfield). Image by Mikey, 2012 (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved).

Many of you may be familiar with the teatime programme Antiques Road Trip featuring Tim Wonnacott, Anita Manning, Charlie Ross, and a number of classic cars. Sadly, East of the M60 lacks the budget of Scottish Television’s series (seen on BBC Two). Instead of classic cars, Enviro400s and Optare Solos are the norm. Thankfully for Catch The Bus Week, there is enough antiques and collectable shops in Greater Manchester and surrounding area. Continue reading “Antiques Bus Trip: Day One, Glossop”

Stalybridge’s Real Deal As Popular Antiques Show Comes to West Hill

Dickinson’s Real Deal set to reach Stalybridge next month

On Saturday 10 October, RDF Television West’s cameras are set to turn their attention to West Hill School, Stalybridge. Heading to the said school would be a certain Mancunian antiques expert. Continue reading “Stalybridge’s Real Deal As Popular Antiques Show Comes to West Hill”