101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Six)

The sixth and final part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

Seven to eight months in the making, we finally hit the magic 101 Bus Direction Signs. Worth the effort? Certainly. How many anorak points has that given us? 346 out of a possible 10 maybe.

Now for the final part. Fasten your seatbelts.

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101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Five)

The fifth part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

After the successful Hattersley jaunt, I assumed that Haughton Green would have reaped similar rewards. How wrong I was.

In spite of the golden Cocker Spaniel in the works, the quest for the magic 101 bus plaques was within reach.

Now for our fifth scintillating instalment. Sit back, relax and put the kettle on. Continue reading “101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Five)”

101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Four)

The fourth part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

Hattersley turned out to be a real surprise. What you are about to see is nineteen different plaques set in the overspill estate itself. The only non Hattersley one being our first example in today’s instalment.

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101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Three)

The third part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

Part three seems to have more of a Mossley and Saddleworth focus. From what we have noticed, a great many of the first generation orange GMT plaques are present.

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101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part Two)

The second part of our Down Our Streets serialised photo special

For our next part, there seems to be a bit of a Hydonian and Dukinfeldian theme. We were surprised to see how much of Dukinfield is a happy hunting ground for Tameside Garage’s directional signs.

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101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part One)

A Down Our Streets serialised photo special

If you’ve travelled around the Tameside, Oldham and Saddleworth areas by bus, you may have noticed these objects attached to lamp posts along the way:

01 Dukinfield, Albion Hotel (W-bound)
The plaque which started it all for me: this specimen outside the Albion Hotel stop, Dukinfield.

In an orange or white background, a number of direction signs were placed at key junctions along Greater Manchester Transport’s bus routes. The bulk of which in the Tameside and Saddleworth areas which started appearing in 1977-78. Continue reading “101 Bus Direction Signs: A Tameside Garage Oddity (Part One)”

The Roads of John Metcalf: 1. Guide Bridge to Bredbury

A ‘Down Our Street’ Extended Edition

Before I begin this first ‘Down Our Street’ entry, in the original round-up of John Metcalf’s roads, I erroneously stated that his Bredbury to Ashton turnpike road went via King Street, Dukinfield. On further examination, I found it actually goes via Denton, ironically close to my present employer’s office. Continue reading “The Roads of John Metcalf: 1. Guide Bridge to Bredbury”