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Monday, 1 November 2010

Margaret Street

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Today's photo shows part of Margaret Street and the area south of Katherine Street.

This area was re-built in the 1960s as part of part of Ashton's slum clearance programme. The area had previously been occupied by rows of cramped terraced houses and the multi-storey flats and maisonettes built here were a big improvement at the time.

The buildings have had some re-modelling in recent years, with the leaky flat roofs of the maisonettes being replaced with new curved roofs. Security gates and other measures have given the residents more privacy than before.

On the left is the five-storey maisonette block of Welbeck Terrace, with the three-storey Margaret Terrace to the right. Behind that is the 13-storey Welbeck House, with Portland House in the distance.

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

"Margaret Street" is my contribution to this week's "My World" feature. Please check out the other blogs participating in this week's My World.


  1. Great shot as always and as always I enjoy learning more about your world. I'm always amazed, every week by the differences we see in the worlds of others! Have a great week!


  2. Thank you for telling us yet another interesting bit of the history of your area. I have to laugh at the 60s being history, but it was a long time ago now. I'm glad the places have been upgraded. I'm sure the curved roof is a big help.
    -- Kay

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Wonderful photos showing the regeneration of this neighborhood. It looks nice!

  4. Thank you for showing a part of your world. I shall return for more in days to come. Have a lovely day.

  5. Regarding the slum clearance. It's worth noting that when this particular housing stock was transferred to Ashton Pioneer housing association in the 1990s, it had become classed as 'slum dwellings' once more.

    Also, this area has traditionally been the locality where immigrant populations have been housed. In the 1850s onwards it was where the bulk of Irish immigrants lived (St Anns being built only a street away and the Irish Club only being a few minutes walk away). During the 1970s, the area saw the influx of many Asians, First, they were mainly Hindus (and even some 'Hare Krisnas') but they came to be supplanted by a larger Muslim community. In the 1990s, the estate itself also saw the arrival of refugees from the Bosnian-Kosovan war whilst the last few years has seen many Africa newcomers living in the area. The only demographic that has never really made an impression on this area are the East Europeans.

  6. My neck of the woods!

    East Europeans from post WWII would tend to buy property rather than depend on state assistance.
    Owning property gave them a sense of security not found under the communist yoke.

    After the demolition of Charlestown many moved to the Guide Bridge and SW area of Ashton under lyne.


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