Sights along the A62 from Manchester to Oldham

EYEWITNESS 2015 blog by Aidan O'Rourke

Seed sculpture by Colin Spofforth, Central Park Manchester

Seed sculpture by Colin Spofforth, Central Park Manchester

Here’s my editorial and photo feature on Oldham Road that appeared in the Manchester Evening News on Thursday 7 January, 2016. It was the first article of the year. On Monday 4th, I took the bus to Oldham and then walked from the town centre back down the A62 as far as Failsworth. It was an interesting journey. On foot you notice a lot more than you do in a bus or car. I discovered the Music Rooms in Werneth Park, currently awaiting restoration, and the excellent statue of Ben Brierley next to Failsworth Pole It was created by artist Denise Dutton. There is history all around us, offering hidden stories and glimpses into a local area that felt very different in past times.

The A62 to Oldham is like a barometer of the times. In old photos we see a busy road, with shops, trams, industry and working class homes. Today it’s a post-modern mix of regenerated flats, new offices, and housing from the 19th and 20th centuries. Off to the left, Central Park is futuristic with its Metrolink stop and ‘seed’ sculpture. At the municipal boundary, Oldham Road becomes Manchester Road and soon we see the timeless tableau of St John the Evangelist church, the Royal Oak pub and Failsworth Pole. There’s a garden with a statue of the weaver and writer Benjamin Brierley (1825-1896). At Hollinwood we cross the M60 and the land rises. To the right is Werneth Park, where the mid-19th century Music Rooms are to be restored. From here there are magnificent views down onto the plain and over the West Pennine moors. On the top of the hill stands Oldham with its modern Civic Centre. The town centre offers an interesting mix of old and new. There’s always something new to discover when you go out and explore. Why not come on one of my photo walks, next date Saturday 13 February, full price £35, MEN readers, £25.

 

Statue of Ben Brierley by Denise Dutton

Statue of Ben Brierley by Denise Dutton

 

Failsworth Pole

Failsworth Pole

 

The Music Rooms, Werneth Park awaiting restoration

The Music Rooms, Werneth Park awaiting restoration

 

View of the West Pennine Moors from Oldham Road,, Werneth

View of the West Pennine Moors from Oldham Road,, Werneth

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Images of Saddleworth from 2003

Saddleworth is a unique place, a district with a Yorkshire heritage located on the Lancashire side of the Pennines. It’s famed for its picturesque stone houses, hillside views and strong traditions.

Part of Oldham Metropoolitan Borough since 1974, it has retained its strong and distinctive identity. The symbol for Saddleworth is the white rose of Yorkshire. It’s only around eight miles from Manchester city centre

Here are some images taken around 2003 with the Nikon Coolpix 990 compact digital camera. They are mostly unpublished and appear here for the first time. Click on each image to view a larger version. One of them is extra large. I don’t think much has changed in the intervening years!

Saddleworth is definitely a place worth visiting. See the map below to find out where Saddleworth is located.

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The railway viaduct seen from canal locks

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View of the railway viaduct from the hilltop by Pots and Pans.

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View across the valley looking east towards Pots and Pans

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Saddleworth signs on the boundary with Tameside. On the markerstone, the word ‘Yorkshire West Riding’ has been removed

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The hilltop monument ‘Pots and Pans’

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The view from Pots and Pans looking west towards Manchester city centre

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Hilltop view looking towards Winter Hill

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Typical row of terraced houses in Saddleworth

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The village of Dobcross with its sloping central square and stone-built houses.

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Misty view along the valley near Diggle

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Canal locks near Diggle

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To the west of the Village, looking east towards the hilltop monument

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Uppermill village centre

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Saddleworth Library

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Rooftops of Uppermill

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Uppermill canal and narrowboat

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The Farrars Arms pub

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Saddleworth modern road sign pointing to Ashton via the A670 and Oldham via the A669

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Panorama of the canal with reflected trees, Saddleworth

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Statue of Ammon Wrigley and Saddleworth Museum

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