Old Cotton Mills Where I Live - a Memory of Ashton-Under-Lyne.

I have lived on cedar street in ashton under lyne from being born to getting married and moving on the street opposite cedar street , Alderley street , my mum being still on Cedar street now , I remember where my home is now 2016 there used to be a cotton mill I would sit on the mill wall with my friends ; slightly up the hill towards the pub that was Odd fellows arms there were garages and behind them there was a old coal mine shaft we used to slide down , back down the hill to the mill was a deep river where a young boy had drowned he had jumped in on a warm day to swim the reeds caught his feet and he could not get free and sadly drowned , this I will never forget Then up the slight hill to Cedar Park there were two schools one we called the Red School and one opposite was called the Black school , I went to both red 1st then the Black School but when I was at this school it was burnt to the ground supposedly a student in my class had been accused of this afence , we all had to move into a youth center at Broadoak smallshaw lane way , oh my gosh there was all way some reason we could not go usually the heating had broke down , but we didn't mind a day a week off school was great for a child . but back to Alderley street near the two schools over Queens Road there was a lovely little Library , it's still there now into a run down house that is a shame Back down to cedar street right opposite our house was another big Mill with a big tall chimney wirh ALDER MILL on it there were big railings with a big drop on the other side , a bit further down Cedar street was another mill this was a cigarette company I carnt remember the name of this , then a bit further down there used to be a old C o o p ; I carnt remember this but it does still say on the building what it used to be .so in such h a small area in fact two streets there were two schools two mills one factory and a store and a library how silly is that ha ha , but now all have houses on the land that used to be , when families didn't struggle as much , they had more jobs , but when the mills , factory's went so did a lot of jobs it was a nicer world then ... but for me the best thing about a nice area is the children I used to play with when I was young are back in the area like me and we know each other and can see our children grow and hopefully be safe and happy on our area ....

A memory shared by ultimatechez on Jun 22nd, 2016. Send ultimatechez a message.

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Sat Dec 30th 2017, at 6:13 am
verawroe commented:
The cigarette factory was called Pattrioux I worked there and also at the one in Hyde. Remember when we were getting married we were walked home by friends with our coats pinned up with coloured paper and ribbons, safety pins and strips of newspaper. My favourite place in Ashton was the Main library I also remember the branch one on Queens Rd. It was hexagon shape. I was given an adult ticket (because I was an advanced reader) at age 7. I borrowed "The Scarlet Pimpernel , by Baroness Orzey" and an under the sea book full of technicolour pictures by Hans and Lotte Hass. I'm still an avid reader at 76. My name was Vera Bayliss now Wroe.

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