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Monday, 10 October 2011

Old Street

Today's photo shows Old Street in the centre of Ashton under Lyne. Old Street is appropriately named as it follows the line of the original road that ran through the town from Manchester towards the Pennines for at least 800 years.

The buildings along Old Street are not that old but some of them are several hundred years old. One of the buildings, just out of sight around the corner, has a date of 1744 on it. [See this post from last year.]

Old Street may not be the hub of the town's activity any more but is still fairly busy and the central section is pedestrianised, creating a more relaxing environment for shoppers.

See Bird's Eye View of this location. (The Google Street View car has not managed to cover this pedestrianised street!)

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"Old 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. Not really bust - surely Martin (:-)

    Pete( never far away) (:-(

  2. Looks like you're not the only one taking photos. Nice place.

  3. Thanks for the proof-reading, Pete. My fingers usually spell "busy" that way!

  4. Was Old Street originally built by the Romans by any chance? Most of the main roads out of our town of Malton where originally built by the Romans from their fort of Derventio (Malton).

  5. Hello Jackie - not built by the Romans. I suspect that there was probably an ancient route along here long before the Romans arrived in Britain!

    The straight(ish) Roman road from Manchester to York passed through Hollinwood and Hathershaw, a few miles to the north. They also used an existing road around the edge of the moors between Castleshaw and Melandra forts, but that was a few miles to the east, above Mossley and Stalybridge.


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