Henrietta Street runs northwards from near to the Market Hall in the centre of Ashton to the Old Ball pub in the Smallshaw area. It is named after Henrietta Cavendish-Bentinck, the wife of George Harry Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford. The name was originally given to the street that is now Stamford Street, but when the main street through the town was renamed to honour the Earl of Stamford, the name was transferred to what was then a brand new street leading out of the town.
Anyone familiar with Ashton may notice that this first part of Henrietta Street now carries two-way traffic again, after having been one-way as far as Camp Street for many years. This change has come about after the opening of Ashton's northern by-pass road, which now carries the through traffic. The lower end of Henrietta Street is now used mainly for access to car parks and local businesses.
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