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"I" is for "Industrial Zone" and today's photo shows part of the industrial area that stretches along Ashton's southern fringe.
In case any followers of this blog have been getting the impression that Ashton is an idyllic location where the sun always shines and everything is green grass, heather moorlands, historic buildings and delightful flower beds, then I'm sorry to disillusion you, but Ashton has its less pretty industrial areas, like most places.
Although Ashton was originally a small market town for the surrounding rural areas, it grew into a large town with the development of coal mining and the cotton spinning industry in the area, with most of the mills being concentrated along the southern edge of the town, alongside the canal and river.
Most of Ashton's cotton mills have now gone but those that remain have been converted to other uses. The mill on the left is Oxford Street Mill, which was formerly called Duncan Mill and built in 1860. It is now home to Hawke International, manufacturers of such things as cable glands.
In the distance is the large Oxford Mills complex dating from 1845. The canal is the Ashton Canal that runs to Manchester, built in 1792.
See Birds Eye View of this location, which shows very well th eband of industry that follows the canal.
"Industrial Zone" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "I" posts from around the world please follow this link.
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