P h o t o B l o g

Tuesday, 31 August 2010


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"G" is for "Gateway" and today's photo shows the gateway that was once the entrance to the Ladysmith Barracks, Mossley Road, Ashton.

The area behind the gateway is now a housing estate but it was the site of the barracks of the Manchester Regiment. The barracks opened in 1843, moving from a smaller site on Crickets Lane at a time of civil unrest when it was felt better to move the soldiers away from the town. The barracks were renamed Ladysmith Barracks to commemorate the part the Manchester Regiment played in the Siege of Ladysmith in the Boer War. The barracks occupied an extensive site going back as far as the present Rose Hill School. The barracks closed in 1963 but the Army Pay Corps buildings occupied the northern part of the site until 2002.

See Birds Eye View of this location.

See Google Street View of this location.

"Gateway" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "G" posts from around the world please follow this link.


  1. What a great post/photo for the G Day! I did enjoy reading the very interesting history of the Gate! Hope your week is going well!


  2. Great photo and a great bit of history. Thanks.
    Alberta, Canada

  3. Beautiful - I'd love to go right on in and explore. :D

  4. I'm glad I clicked on the 'bird's eye view' - those are pretty impressive gates to live behind, but I see that is not the only entrance to the estate!

  5. Nice post. I grew up near Ladysmith, WI, USA, so was intrigued by this! :-)

  6. That gate is quite impressive!


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