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"X" is for, er... well, an "x"-shaped cross formed by miniature hedges! This design appears in the flower beds in Armentieres Square in Stalybridge, two miles east of Ashton.
Interesting though this botanical feature might be, also of interest is the iron beam in the background. It bears the words "Stalybridge Armentieres, 1955 - 2005, 50 Years of Friendship" and celebrates the twinning of the two towns. The beam was salvaged from the demolition of part of nearby Longlands Mill. It is an inverted T-shaped fish-backed beam which, at 8.8 metres long, was pushing the boundary for the maximum span for this type of material in the mid 19th century.
Stalybridge and Armentieres both have wartime musical associations. Armentieres features in the song "Mademoiselle from Armentieres", which was popular in the First World War. Stalybridge was where Jack Judge wrote the music hall song "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" which was also popular in the First World War.
See Birds Eye View of this location.
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