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Monday, 6 April 2009

Mossley on Monday: Mind the Steps!

A few weeks ago we saw a photo of a building known as "The Old School House". It was called that because the Baguley School was once situated in part of the building. But when it was built in the 1780s, there were four dwellings on the two lower floors and a large weaving room occupying the entire top floor.

I mentioned that this weaving room was accessed by steps at the back of the building, and here are those steps! This is a rear view of that building. I don't know whether there was originally some sort of handrail. Other similar weavers' cottages in the Pennines don't have handrails, but the external steps usually run up alongside a wall rather than at right angles! They certainly didn't have the same hang-ups about Health and Safety in the eighteenth century!

This is a significant building in Mossley's heritage as it reflects the time when the production of woollen cloth was an important cottage industry in the area.

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


  1. Those steps probably wouldn't pass inspection these days. Love the building, though.

  2. Eek! I certainly wouldn't want to try getting up those steps in the dark...or even in daylight really!

    Gorgeous building though

  3. Ah well, maybe so but tell that to the person who falls of the side and plumments to the ground below. Ouch!


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