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Report - Throstle Bank Works, Hyde, Manchester - April 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Nickindroy, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Nickindroy

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    Purely out of boredom, whilst waiting for 12 m3 of C40 concrete to go off (took bleeding ages), we walked round the back of where we were working, and saw this huge empty space with a few old bits of buildings, still standing, just. We were working in a unit on the land where Throstlebank Mill (long gone), and AA soft drinks used to be, but, from what I can gather, the works occupied the rest of the site. Had a scoot round the perimeter and before long, found a way in. It's all on the bank of The Lower Peak Forest Canal, in the Flowery Fields area of Hyde. Quick mooch, nothing special, but a nice way to waste half an hour, rather than watching paint (concrete) dry. Visited with non member co-worker Phil, who found the entrance, cheers :thumb

    History, sort of:

    Thomas Ashton Jnr. was one of the most prominent Liberals in the North West but he always refused to stand for Parliament. It was, however, his son, the future Lord Ashton, who became the town's first MP in 1885. Thomas Ashton Jnr. earned particular note for his conduct during the Cotton Famine of 1861-5, keeping his mills running despite the high cost of cotton, and even managing to build a new mill at Throstle Bank, thus saving many of his employees from unemployment. Thomas Middleton talked of Ashton's 'high sense of public duty', and he certainly was active in numerous causes. He was President of the Mechanics Institute for five years, the founder of Hyde Sick Kitchen and a great promoter of local education

    The population of Hyde increased due to the success of the cotton mills during the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, at one stage there were 40 working mills. By 1872 only 27 remained, Half of the remaining mills closed between 1921 and 1939 and there is only 1 working mill in the town today. << If this is Ashton Mill, then unfortunately, the number is now zero!


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    There were E's everywhere!
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    Surprised these were still here..
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    The obligatory area where pikeys strip cable.
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    This looked interesting.
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    Sadly, only this.
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    This must be something!
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    Bollocks!
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    Cheers for looking people. :thumb
     

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