1 September 1900
Trough in 1885. Apologies for the quality
- newsprint does not scan well!-
year mission to protect the granite horse
trough on the corner of Manchester Road
and Audenshaw Road has finally succeeded
with the news that it has been granted protected
status. This can be put down to the persistence
of local historian, Harry BAXTER who has
fought this particular battle since 1982.
cattle and horse drinking trough was installed
in 1879 on behalf of one Miss M ASHWORTH.
A Reporter article dated 23 August in that
year said: "The water was turned on by Miss
ASHWORTH and on her request, Major SHARRAT
of Fairfield declared the trough open and
free to the public forever. The trough,
which has an upper basin for horses and
cattle and a lower one for dogs and sheep,
is an elegant and substantial structure
of Cornish Granite made from designs furnished
by the London Cattle Trough Association.
were expressed to the Ashton Waterworks
for their generous gift of a plentiful supply
of water and to the trustees of the road
for their gift of a site. This brought proceedings
to a close after which a number of horses
were brought to the trough to drink. It
was noticed that that the cool and refreshing
water was especially enjoyed by the market
cart horses on their way to Ashton. The
cost of the trough delivered from London
one am grateful for Harry BAXTER's efforts.
My g-grandad was a carter working between
Ashton and Manchester and I've always imagined
his horse stopping here to refresh itself
after Jack had refreshed himself at the
many pubs en route!
A boy's attempt to wreck a train
at Audenshaw brought him a prison sentence 100
years ago. John McCARTNEY, 13, of St James Street,
Cockbrook, Ashton was charged at Denton Police
Sessions with placing a sleeper on the Great Central
line near Audenshaw station "with intent to injure
the lives of passengers on the railway. At 20
minutes to six on Sunday, a man named GRIMSHAW,
leathercutter, of 43 Chapel Street, was passing
the Dane Head bridge when he saw the sleeper on
the line and a lad of McCARTNEY's description
about 30 yards from the obstruction.
As he had an appointment to keep,
he told Edward BENNETT, caretaker at the Audenshaw
Reservoir. He and his son went to investigate
and removed the sleeper. They saw McCARTNEY who
ran off towards the crossing. The two chased him
and began to gain, so the lad headed for the swing
bridge, turning it in an attempt to foil his pursuers.
But BENNET leapt the gap and collared the boy
who said; "Is it about that sleeper? If it is,
I did not do it; seven other boys placed it there.
His hands told a different story. They were "very
dirty and smelled strongly of creosote oil with
which the sleepers are soaked."
Interviewed later by the police,
he admitted the crime, claiming that other boys
had originally placed the sleeper and that had
put it back after it was knocked off by an engine.
I have some sympathy with his story. Have you
ever tried lifting a railway sleeper unaided?!
But the judge did not hold that view and gave
the boy two months in jail, without hard labour.
An Audenshaw woman suffered
a fatal accident while visiting Liverpool. Louisa
WILLIAMSON, aged 56, of 59 Audenshaw Road was in
Liverpool on Tuesday with her husband Charles and
her daughter. They were entering the British Workman
Public House Company's cocoa-rooms when she slipped
and fell down some stairs just inside the door.
She was taken to the Northern Hospital where she
died on Thursday from a fractured skull.
The man in charge of the cafe stated
that the stairs were about three feet from the
door and though it had a wicket gate, there was
no catch on it and admitted it was a hazard. "The
coroner, addressing the jury said that he did
not think they could bring in a verdict of manslaughter
against anybody, but it was very close upon it."
Ernest KERSHAW, a carter, of
16 Delaware Street, Ashton, died in a strange accident
at work. "The deceased was taking a horse out of
a lurry when the 'Ridgeworth' or back band broke
and caught him, causing him to get crushed against
the lurry." His moans were heard by a man named
Alfred BOOTH who lived close by, but though he went
to KERSHAW's aid, he found him dead. Now before
you ask, I don't know what a 'lurry' was and can
only guess that it is an early derivation of the
word 'lorry'. Does anyone out there know better?
The people of Gorton rejected
a proposal to instate a school board in the town
which they were allowed to do under the 1870 Elementary
Education Act. The job of the board was to increase
access to education and secure funding. Those in
favour argued that they had to rely on Manchester's
school boards and other boards outside the parish
to educate their children. Of the 5,590, 1,879 turned
out to vote, of whom 564 were in favour and 1,307
against, though why is not explained.
1 September 1950
Tributes were paid to John BARTON,
one of Ashton's most famous horticulturists whose
funeral was held at Hurst Cemetery 50 years ago.
John was an expert in roses and violas and was
possibly the best known gardener in the North
of England at the time. During the First World
War, he had given extensive advice on allotment
cultivation and had assisted in laying the wicket
at Ashton Cricket Club.
One Ashton Church welcomed a
new minister all the way from the USofA. The Rev
James SCOTT was to spend nine months assisting The
Rev David SMITH at the Albion Congregational Church.
The scheme was sponsored by the American Congregational
Service Committee, the church's counterpart. Rev
SCOTT was a native of the cotton growing state of
Arkansas. He graduated from the State University
in June 1950, adding to his Bachelor of Divinity
degree which he gained at Yale Divinity School,
And finally, elderly residents
at the Lakeside Retirement Home were in uproar on
being told that they could not enjoy their annual
trip to Ashton, something the home had done for
55 years. The home's warden, Mr G ARDEN and health
official Dr A SIMPSON objected to the trip on the
Market Ground, saying the old folk would have become
a 'public spectacle.' Former police Chief Constable,
Mr H DISTON who had organised the previous 28 trips
took exception to this and was backed by the mayor,
Alderman CLARKE and the senior citizens claimed
back their right to go to the fair.
Later, Dr SIMPSON and Mr ARDEN said
they had been misunderstood and had 'no objection'
to the visit. Alderman CLARKE said: "I am very
glad that all this has been resolved. I know from
what people have told me that this event is something
that they look forward to for a long time and
something they talk about for a long time afterwards."
Another poke in the eye for bureaucracy!