Down Our Streets #3: The Streets of Dukinfield

From County Bridge to Johnson Brook

If you’re new to Dukinfield, you may have wondered how the town’s streets got their names. A fair number of the town’s streets are named after former councillors, landmarks and parts of Scotland. A lot of the town’s housing stock moved to hitherto rural parts between the 1950s and 1970s. For some residents, It is hard to believe how in the space of sixty years, the Dukinfield Central estate changed from terraced housing to prefabricated deck-access flats.

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In Pictures Extra: Bargain Buys’ Grand Opening, Ashton-under-Lyne

Shoppers flock to new store in former Marks and Spencer unit

Bargain Buys opening day, Ashton-under-Lyne: BB Mascot and potential shoppers
A discount store is born: the new Bargain Buys store in Ashton-under-Lyne and its mascot, BB.

Earlier today [06 December 2013], customers flocked to the new Bargain Buys on Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne. From the same people behind Poundworld, it is one of four Bargain Buys outlets from the Normanton based retail group and one of two in Lancashire (the second Lancastrian branch is in Kingsway Retail Park on the outskirts of Rochdale). Continue reading “In Pictures Extra: Bargain Buys’ Grand Opening, Ashton-under-Lyne”

Down Our Streets #2: Along Self Aggrandisement Avenue

Two streets named after building systems

Every town centre has a number of streets named after local councillors, MPs and landmarks. Some housing estates have streets named after picturesque locations or battles (for instance, Tintern or Gallipoli). Continue reading “Down Our Streets #2: Along Self Aggrandisement Avenue”

Down Our Street #6: Katherine Street and Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne

Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne:

  • Distance: 1 mile;
  • Start: Moss Lane/William Street junction;
  • Finish: Beaufort Road/Mossley Road junction (or the Beau Geste public house);
  • Buses: any bus to Ashton-under-Lyne or (Penny Meadow) Mossley, Stalybridge, Saddleworth;
  • Trains: Ashton-under-Lyne railway station.

For our sixth Down Our Street feature, we look at a street which is in two parts. It is split by a shopping centre, goes along the open market ground, and finishes near Tameside College’s Ashton Centre. Just to confuse things a little, it originally finished at Beaufort Road, and finishes at a crossing between the Arcades and Ladysmith shopping centres. The section between the open market and Beaufort Road no longer bears its original name. Continue reading “Down Our Street #6: Katherine Street and Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne”

Astley Cheetham Library and Art Gallery

The Lost Pubs and Shops of Stalybridge Town Centre

Loved and Lost on Melbourne Street, Market Street and Grosvenor Street

Melbourne Street, Stalybridge in 2007.
Melbourne Street, Stalybridge in 2007.

Back in May 2012, East of the M60 did an A-Z of defunct retailers in the form of an article entitled The Lost Precinct. This was followed up by a Nikolas Pevsner style guide detailing lost shops in Ashton-under-Lyne.

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Down Our Street #5: Park Road, Dukinfield

A wander along a historical road of industrial importance

Park Road, Tame Valley, Dukinfield:

  • Distance: 0.85 miles;
  • Start: Crescent Road/Riverside, Dukinfield;
  • Finish: Tame Street, Stalybridge;
  • Bus: 346 (alight at Crescent Road).

Though with its semi rural origins, Park Road became an important connection with two major town centres at either end. It links the Tame Valley part of Dukinfield with Ashton-under-Lyne at its most westerly point, and Stalybridge in the east. In miniature, it documents the story of Tameside during the industrial revolution, its rise and its fall. Continue reading “Down Our Street #5: Park Road, Dukinfield”

Down Our Street #4: Tramway Road, Ashton-under-Lyne

One of Ashton-under-Lyne’s lesser known streets with an interesting past

Manchester L53, Eades Reversible Double Deck Tram, Heaton Park
The Eades Reversible double deck horse tram, a preserved example seen at Heaton Park. Further examples of which were seen at Cowhill Lane.

With the Metrolink due to reach Ashton-under-Lyne by 2014, few people would realise that Ashton was accessible by one of Greater Manchester’s earliest tram routes. Continue reading “Down Our Street #4: Tramway Road, Ashton-under-Lyne”

Down Our Street #3: Melbourne Street, Stalybridge

How one of Stalybridge’s shopping streets got its name.

The Tripe and Sandwich Shop, Stalybridge
No visit to Stalybridge is complete without calling in The Tripe and Sandwich Shop. Marginally bigger than a disabled superloo, its butties are cheap, cheerful and fresh. Ditto the above with the tripe, available in honeycomb and cord varieties.

There are three main streets in the centre of Stalybridge. Prior to the last two decades, Market Street was its main one, with Grosvenor Street and Melbourne Street almost equal in status. Recent pedestrianisation saw most of the retail trade move to Melbourne Street and Grosvenor Street. Owing to the present day paucity of shops, the former has become the main one. Continue reading “Down Our Street #3: Melbourne Street, Stalybridge”

Down Our Street #2: Foundry Street, Dukinfield

From the Crescent to Morrisons

  • Length: 0.33 miles;
  • Key Landmarks: Morrisons supermarket;
  • Buses: 220 (Monday – Saturday evenings only), 346, 41, 217/218, 343/344 (Albion Hotel stop);
  • Pubs: The Astley Arms and The Albion Hotel (both Frederic Robinson’s houses).

The last 40 years have seen Foundry Street take on the guise as part of an arterial route from Newton to Ashton-under-Lyne via Dukinfield. Much of this has been down to recent development.

Foundry Street until the mid 1970s played second fiddle to its more illustrious neighbour Town Lane. The original Town Lane met up with Birch Lane at the right side of The Albion Hotel by Jeffrey’s Drive (late Jeffrey Street) and continued to the junction of Crescent Road and Foundry Street. Today, Town Lane begins at the junction of Armadale Road North and Jeffrey’s Drive. Much of the old road was pedestrianised and renamed Concord Way. Continue reading “Down Our Street #2: Foundry Street, Dukinfield”

Down Our Street #1: Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

The start of a new regular feature on East of the M60

In 1999, there used to be two free newspapers cluttering up our buses. As well as today’s Metro, there was also the Manchester Metro News. Just to confuse things, there was already a Manchester Metro News doing the rounds in South Manchester before becoming the South Manchester Reporter – incidentally, both printed by the Guardian Media Group. For a brief period, the Metro published by Associated Newspapers was known as News North West (bearing the moniker of Northwest Tonight’s lunchtime bulletin back when Northwest Tonight was Look North West). As a compromise, the Manchester Metro News morning freesheet was merged with Associated Newspapers’ title with the GMG’s adverts and jobs sourced from the Manchester Evening News.

The defunct free newspaper had an excellent feature which looked at the history behind local streets. In each edition, readers were treated to 100 words or so of prose on, for example, Hanging Gate or Withy Grove.

Today, almost 13 years on, East of the M60 thought it was a good idea to revive this feature. Whereas Tameside, Oldham, Stockport and Rochdale street names were under represented in the aforementioned journal, EotM60 has decided to right this wrong.

Our first street was partly modelled on one in London. Continue reading “Down Our Street #1: Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne”