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….

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

Shoppers flock to new store in former Marks and Spencer unit 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…

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).

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…

The Lost Pubs and Shops of Stalybridge Town Centre

Loved and Lost on Melbourne Street, Market Street and Grosvenor Street Many Moons ago (well, last May to be precise), 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.

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…

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

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

Down Our Street #3: Melbourne Street, Stalybridge

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

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…

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…