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Monday, 31 January 2011

Gloucester Place

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Gloucester Place is the grand name given to this fine pair of houses on Portland Street in Ashton. On the gable wall above the doorways is a stone bearing the name Gloucester Place and the date 1880.

The houses are in a part of Ashton which is mostly made up of small terraced houses so these larger semi-detached houses come as a surprise. There are two other pairs of semi-detached houses here, each pair of a different design, all facing Holy Trinity Church.

Some of the terraced houses close by are also of a larger and grander design than usual. It is possible that, while most of the houses were built for the mill workers, these houses may have been built for those of slightly higher status, although not of sufficiently high status as to be able to afford to live in a house with gardens.

The three pairs of semi-detached houses on Portland Street, although they have no front gardens, do have fairly long back gardens, which is unusual for this part of Ashton, where a small yard is the norm.

See Google Street View of this location.

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


  1. How interesting that the buildings are so close to the road. I bet the back gardens are lovely but very private.

  2. Lovely buildings and, like EG, I find it interesting how close the road they are. Would love to see the gardens! Hope you have a great week!


  3. Lovely old hopuses I love how above the door there is a little pointy roof

  4. Our house is quite close to the road, but not this close! I can easily imagine living in one of these houses, however. I enjoyed your photos.
    -- K

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


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