Heritage Open Days 7th – 10th September 2006

Tameside Local History Forum and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council are working together to make this year's event better than ever.

The wealth of the Borough’s Heritage will be open to all, go along to find more about your Heritage, and get involved in saving our past.

Albion United Reformed Church
Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne. OL6 6QQ

Grade II* listed Gothic building completed in 1895. Stained glass by Burne-Jones (installed by W.H. Morris). Lewis Organ, hammer beam roof with angelic support. Ceramic war memorial by Pilkington & Co.
M60 J23, take A635. Albion URC stands on the 2nd roundabout
Friday, Saturday 1000-1600, Sunday 1400-1600
(codes)T D DT HLF
Parking alongside the church. Lewis Organ will be played intermittently. Church registers on show.

Ashton Parish Church
Church Street , Ashton under Lyne. OL6 7PR

Grade I listed building. The most complete set of medieval stained glass in the north west of England, depicting the life of St Helena. Interesting ceiling bosses, Stamford Chapel, three decker pulpit and 139 ft tower. Seven miles E of Manchester on A635. Seven minute walk from the local bus and railway station
Saturday 1000-1600 Tours 1030 & 1230 & 1500, Sunday 1300-1600 Tour 1400.
Limited parking. PDA - ground floor only. Childrens' activities

Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Trinity Street, Stalybridge. SK15 2BN
Art gallery. Follow signs for the town centre. First floor of the Library building
Friday 1000-1230 & 1300-1700 Sunday 0900-1230 & 1300-1600.

Central Art Gallery
Old Street, Ashton under Lyne/ OL6 7SG

Art Gallery. M60 J23, follow the signs for Stalybridge. At roundabout first left and then first right into Old St.
Thursday 1300-1930, Friday 1000-1230 & 1300-1700, Saturday 0900-1230 & 1300-1600.

Christ Church
Oldham Road, Ashton under Lyne/ OL7 9DF

Grade II listed building. Display connected with history of the church and parish. Material from children of Day and Sunday Schools. Art/photo competition exhibition (child and adult). On A627 Oldham Rd at the junction of Oldham Rd and Taunton Rd, near the town centre.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1000-1600, Sunday 1200-1600.

Christ Church
Manchester Road, Denton/

An exhibition of photographs and church features/furnishings.
Friday and Sunday 1400-1600, Saturday 1000-1200.
D Light refreshments available.
Situated A57 Denton.

Dukinfield Town Hall
King Street, Dukinfield. SK16 4LA

Renovated in 2005 this domestic gothic style building has retained many of its original features, plus an impressive stained-glass window of "Famous Women", which stood in the former Lakes Road Girls' School, can now be seen in all its splendour.
Tours Saturday & Sunday 14.00 meet at the front of the building.
D DP DT P T Situated on the A627, Dukinfield.

Fairfield Moravian Settlement
Fairfield Square, Droylsden. M43 6AD

The Moravian Settlement at Fairfield was founded in 1785 as a self-sufficient religious community and today retains much of its original character - a unique gem.
2 miles from Ashton-under-Lyne, 5 miles east of Manchester city centre, off A635. Turn into Fairfield Ave.
Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1300-1700.
No need to book. Park in Fairfield High School.

Flowery Field Church
Newton Street, Hyde. SK14 4NP

Free Christian church built in 1878 by local mill owner Thomas Ashton at the request of his work people. The architect was Thomas Worthington. Organ recitals throughout the time the church is open by rota of organists. On B6170 opposite Beechfields residential development.
Saturday and Sunday 1000-1300.
KF A T PDA Ramp for wheelchairs.

St George's Church,
Church Street, off Market Street, Hyde 1831-2. Tours and history include the Bell Tower and memorials to the Hyde family and Fanny Bush, a little African Fairground girl who died in Hyde at the start of the 20th century. The full peal of Bells will be rung in the morning and in the afternoon the Tin-stle Bell Ringers will display and play the 120 hand bells cast in Whitechapel, some as old as 200 years, which belonged to St George's, were lost and then recovered and restored by the Ringers. First chance to hear them in their old home for over 40 years.There will also be organ and piano music and lots of displays.The Church will be open on Saturday the 9th September between 9.0am and 5.0pm. when the Historic Cheshire Churches Trust will also visit as part of a sponsored tour. Refreshments.(Toilets, disabled access, no Church car park but cars can be driven to door).

Hyde Town Hall
Market Street, Hyde. SK14 1WN

Beautiful stained glass windows dedicated to past Mayors plus a Mural of Hyde by Harry Rutherford and copies of his paintings can be seen in the Rutherford Suite.
Thursday - tours every hour from 11.00. Meet at the front of the building on Market St.
D DT T Situated on the A627 Hyde.

Mottram Court House
Market Place, Mottram.

Grade 11 listed building. Many items of interest on view. Photographic display of the Longdendale Valley and tythe maps of the area. Steep stairs.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1000-1300 & 1400-1600.
Situated off the A57 Mottram.

Mottram Parish Church
War Hill, Mottram in Longdendale. SK14 6JL

15th century church with evidence of earlier 13th century origins. Self-guided tour. 0.5 km east of the M67 terminal junction. Right at the traffic lights, left up Church Brow.
Friday, Saturday 1000-1600, Sunday 1230-1600.
Weddings and/or funerals may restrict access temporarily.

Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre
Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley. OL5 9AH

The heritage centre, housed in an 1871 cotton mill, captures the essential history of the textile industry and associated transport in Mossley. There is information on a French Company that came from Roubaix to the rescue of Mossley at the depths of the depression in 1932. (Mossley is twinned to Hem, a suburb of Roubiax.) Off the A635 near Mossley railway station, trains from Manchester Victoria & Huddersfield.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1100-1600.
P D DP HLF Access via steep cobbled street.

Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre - Heritage Trail
Longlands Mill , Queen Street, Mossley. OL5 9AH

Mossley Civic Society heritage event. Mossley history trail led by Alan Petford, local historian, starting from the Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre at Emmaus. Off the A635 near Mossley railway station; hourly trains from Manchester Victoria & Huddersfield.
Saturday 1030-1200.
Access via steep cobbled street. Further information from 01457 832813 or 0161 633 3132.

The Museum of the Manchester Regiment
Town Hall Building, Ashton under Lyne/ OL6 6DL

Regimental museum.
M60 J23, follow the signs for Tameside Council Offices.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1000-1600. D DT

Newton Hall
Dunkirk Lane, Off Dukinfield Road. SK14 4PL

A medieval cruck framed manor house dating from c1380. One of the earliest timber framed buildings in the region. Restored in 1969 by W Kenyon & Sons Ltd. Off J3 Hyde M67 onto A627.
Sunday 1400-1630.
A T P PDA Parking at the rear of building.

Old Hall Congregational Chapel visit as part of walking tour
Portland Basin, Portland Street South, Ashton under Lyne. SK16 4RG

Sixteenth century chapel of the Duckenfields. Important in the 1640s and 1650s in Congregational, Quaker and Unitarian history. Meet at Portland Basin, Portland St South, then the party will walk along the towpath of the Peak Forest Canal to the chapel at Globe Square, Dukinfield. Portland Basin South of Park Parade A635.
Sunday 1300-1430.
Pre-book on 0845 4581976, max 25 people A B BR.

Portland Basin Museum
Portland Place, Ashton under Lyne. OL7 0QA

Portland Basin Museum is an exciting, family friendly museum. M60 J23, follow the brown canal boat signs.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1000-1700.

Ryecroft Hall
Manchester Road, Audenshaw. M34 2GJ

Grade II listed 19th century hall and grounds, built in 1849 by Abel Buckley. Now owned by the council. M60 J 23 - A635 Manchester Rd, junction with Lumb Lane.
Saturday, Sunday 1200-1500.

St Anne’s Church
St Anne’s Road, Denton. M34 3EB

1882 Grade I listed church in conservation area with rectory and school. See the finest workmanship and materials used by unusual architect Medland Taylor and Patron Joseph Sidebotham. For tours meet in the Arrandale Room, downstairs in undercroft. Off A57 Hyde Rd between Denton & Hyde, across M67 bridge onto St Anne’s Rd.
Thursday, Friday 1100-1500, Saturday 1000-1600, Sunday 1230-1600.
Toilets & refreshments down a small flight of steps. On street parking.

St Lawrence’s Church
Town Lane, Denton.

Opening up of the Tudor church (c1531) for visitors to tour round. Guides will be present to explain features of the building. 5 miles due east of Manchester city centre, just off the A57.
Friday 1000-2000, Saturday 1000-1800, Sunday 1230-1800.
Refreshments and music available.

Town Hall Building, Ashton under Lyne. DL6 6DL

Setantii: tales of Tameside visitors' attraction. M60 J23, follow the signs for Tameside Council Offices.
Thursday, Friday 1000-1600, Saturday 1000-1300.

Tameside Local Studies & Archives Centre
Central Library, Old Street, Ashton under Lyne. OL6 7SG

Tameside Archives treasure trail. An opportunity to see behind the scenes at the Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, where some of the less well known treasures of the collection will be on display. On the corner of Cotton Street and Oldham Road. Entry is through the carpark on Cotton Street or through the Central Library on Old Street.
Saturday 1400.
Pre-book on 0161 342 4242 or email archives@tameside.gov.uk, max 20 persons.

Theatre Royal, Corporation St. Hyde (side of Town Hall)
Open Friday 8th September 8.0am until 4.0pm. History, Edwardian Architecture and Memories of Stage and Screen. Guided tours throughout the day include Fly gallery and Projection Room; equipment still there. Share memories, discuss the future and see how far we have come. Array of photos and memoribilia from 1902 until present day. (Theatre has had grant from AHF and fits in A category and has toilets).

Trinity Church
Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw. M34 5WP

Three stained glass windows in the West Gallery and two in Chancel are of special interest. Many items of interest will be on display for the last time due to the church imminent demolition. Built 1866/7.
open Saturday 1000-1400. (10-4)
Sunday service at a quarter to 11-12. Everyone welcome, tea/coffee provided. Evening service at 6.00 pm

Situated on the B6390 Audenshaw.

Key to Codes
A a building not normally open to the public/ a special event for HODs
AHF buildings which have received a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund
B limited capacity
C no children under 12
CTA Civic Trust Award, Commendation or Mention
D Full disabled access
DP on-site disabled parking
DT on-site disabled toilets
E admission charge to an additional part of the site not registered with the event
EH properties owned or managed by English Heritage or which have received a grant from English Heritage
GFA Green Flag Award Park
HHA Historic Houses Association
HLF buildings/projects which have received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund
KF child/family friendly property/event (this will be identified as a hand-print in the directory)
P on site parking available
PDA partial disabled access
T on site toilet facilities
W entry charge waived for HODs
BR Booking required (this will be written in full in the directory)

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Heritage Open Days 2006!
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