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Monday, 17 October 2011

Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School

Today's view of the world of Ashton under Lyne shows one of Ashton's splendid old buildings. Sadly it is one that has been disused for some years.

This is the former Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School on Mill Lane, just off Stamford Street, in Ashton town centre.

The school was built in 1877 but there just isn't the same demand for Sunday Schools these days. It is understood that the building has planning permission to be turned into apartments, which would be a good use of the building, as long as the attractive exterior is retained.

The building actually appears to be in a better state than when I photographed it in 2008. There is less foliage sprouting from the roof and many of the boards covering the windows have been renewed.

I will show some close-ups of some of the decorative brickwork in future posts.

See Google Street View of this location.

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"Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School" is my contribution to this week's "My World" feature. Please check out the other blogs participating in this week's My World.


  1. School rooms can be made into the most beautiful apartments and usually the facade is kept intact, so I do hope that happens before it is too late and the building needs to be torn down for safety reason.

  2. There would be no point in turning it into apartments if the facade weren't kept intact. It's beautiful. I'd love to live there.
    You're certainly right about no need for Sunday Schools these days. Hard to say if that's good or bad. Is it freedom of religion, or freedom from religion, or just plain too much freedom?
    Meanwhile, the building — if the vegetation has been removed from the roof, surely that is a sign something is going to happen with the building, and it's not likely to be demolition. Just my guess.

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  3. Orlando Littlemoss18 October 2011 at 12:42

    The clean up of the building looks to be more to do with the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
    than the possibility of being converted into apartmants - The area on and around Stamford Street has more applications for buildings being converted into flats than you can shake a stick at.

  4. I took some photos of this last year and there were pigeons flying in and out - some research I did suggested that the council had agreed to plans to demolish it but maybe it can be saved.

  5. Use to go to this Church, i lived on Church st.do,nt know how many apartments you would manage to get into it, anything is better that leaving this fine old building to rot

  6. I like the decorative details.
    Beautiful Victorian Architecture. Well worth preserving.


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