The Ashton Reporter has been covering events in this area of south east Lancashire and north east Cheshire since the 1850s. This section of my site began as a summary of the modern-day Reporter's Yesterdays page, a weekly look back at local events. However, as my interest grew, I began to research the papers directly which are kept on film at Tameside Local Studies Library.

I have focussed almost entirely on events of 100 years ago. For the most part, they are the stories of ordinary people and as well as adding some flesh to the bones of family history, I also hope they give a flavour of what life was like a century ago. Please note, these pages are not a complete transcript of every edition — I just don't have that much time.

They are the stories that catch my eye that I then copy to transcribe at leisure. Most are full transcripts, others are edited and I am pleased to say that they have proved useful to many people involved in family research, not least myself.

I am in my fifth year of doing this, so you can find entries for 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903 and 1904. There are also specials, a miscellany of items.

If you think you spot someone familiar, let me know and I will provide more detail if I have it, or suggest other avenues of enquiry.


The new Local Studies Library reopened in its new home on 14 March 2005. However, it has changed its policies on the use of microfilm readers. In a nutshell, I used to book the reader/printer for an hour, copy off what I wanted and then transcribed them later. Under the new system, you can only book the manual machines. The reader/printers are left free and you have to swap over when you've found what you want. That just wouldn't work for me, so I'm sorry to say that they will be no more Yesterdays for the foreseeable future.


Apologies for the gap here. Transcribing the stories is time-consuming and life was very busy for me at this point, both professionally and at home. Not least was the re-building of my website which took a good three months. Catching up would take more commitment than I possess!
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