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Sunday, 15 March 2009

Sunday Stroll: Riversvale Drive



Riversvale Drive runs off the main Ashton to Oldham road near Bardsley Bridge. It heads towards Daisy Nook along the south side of the River Medlock.

It was originally a carriage drive from the turnpike road to Riversvale Hall, a grand house built in 1847 but demolished after a fire in 1948.

The path and the surrounding strip of woodland are now part of Daisy Nook Country Park and it is a popular route for casual walkers.

See Google Aerial View of this location.
See LiveSearch Birds Eye View of this location.

11 comments:

  1. It looks like a perfect place for a casual stroll with one's love or a pet or just by yourself. I like the way you composed the photo so the path leads the eye off into the distance.

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  2. This makes me want to keep on walking and see what's over the hill and around the bend.

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  3. I would love to see a photo of Riversvale Hall, I have googled this but have just drawn blanks. I have been on the Tameside Image Archive but sadly that didn't show any matches. So sad to see our History disappear in this way. I have only recently discovered the plight of Stayley Hall just outside Stalybridge and read an article in the Telegraph called "The saddest house in England". I have an ongoing quest to learn more about the temporary school I went to called "Longlands" on Mottram Road, Hyde which was eventually demolished to make way for the M67 Hyde By-Pass. The Lodge is still there. Longlands was at one time owned by the Adamson Family who were very well known and respected in Hyde.

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    1. The Daisyfield Inn on Kebb Lane Bardsley has a photograph of Riversdale Hall ... It really looks a grand place

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  4. Linda - go to http://www.tameside.gov.uk/history/archive.php3 and type in riversvale and there are at least ten images of the hall. Click on "preview" to see a larger version of each image.

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  5. Thank you so much Martin, I must have typed the name in wrong when searching. Wonderful photo's of a glorious home - what tales those walls could tell. Without reading your blog I would have never known about Riversvale Hall. To all the "bloggers" out there thank you all so very much for the time, information and photo's that you share with us. Linda

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  6. I was down there having a walk today - absolute bliss. Totally peaceful, alittle muddy but that's to be expected at this time of year. What a pity the hall was ripped down many years ago though.

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  7. My first kiss was on this path... many many years ago ;-)

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  8. Riversvale was a popular spot for 'courting couples'. When I was studying for my Geography A level we were taken to view an 'oxbow'lake on the River Medlock. Some of us had spades- to take soil samples- and our teacher told us to scrape the spades along the ground as we walked to warn the couples in the parked cars of our approach!!

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  9. Linda Robinson6 May 2010 at 20:50

    Hello i would just like to say my granfather owned Riversvale Hall long ago i can remember many happy hours after it was pulled down due to a fire playing in the grounds.My grandfasther and father were scrap merchants till the council purchased the grounds.

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  10. Linda, Your Grandfather did no own Riversvale Hall. All my family new Josh very well. If you need more info it would in private.
    Regards

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