Local Interest and History Links
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Around Tameside




Falkirk and Linlithgow

In and Around Tameside

History and description of the town and parish of Ashton-under-Lyne in the country of Lancaster and the village of Dukinfield
Written in 1823 by James Butterworth, this is history is available at Google Books.

Ashton Chartists
During the 1840s, more than 70,000 people subscribed to the land company in the hope that they would be allocated land on one of the colonies of smallholdings established by the Chartist movement to rehouse industrial workers. This site lists over 1,000 Ashton names plus occupations and addresses in 1847.

Ashton in 1830
A contemporary description from the Salford Hundred.

Ashton Corporation Transport
A history of public transport in Ashton from 1902 - 1969.

Ashton Parish Church
One of only two Grade I listed buildings in the town.

Ashton Union Workhouse
Plans and history.

Contemporary and historic information on the town, including old maps showing the workhouse.

Audenshaw Local History Society
Information and images past and present.

Fairfield Moravian Settlement

Fairfield was planned and built by its own people and was a self-contained, self-sufficient and self-governed village.

Portland Basin Museum
Excellent free museum on the social history of Ashton, based in the renovated Victorian warehouse.

History of Cheshire Police
The museum of the force formed in 1856.

Picture Cheshire
A collection of digital images created from original material -photographs, slides, negatives etc - held at the Cheshire Record Office and in Cheshire libraries.

Resources for Disley, Lyme Handley, Taxal and Whaley in Cheshire.

The Marple Website

The community web site for Marple in Cheshire.

Marple Locks
A history of the Peak Forest Canal and the restoration of the locks and aqueduct.

Stockport Heritage
Stockport Heritage Trust is a charity set up in 1987 to promote and encourage the regeneration of Stockport's heritage.

Denton Roll of Honour
Searchable database of the men from Denton wounded or killed in WWI.

Denton Local History Society
The society exists to research, record, preserve, display and publish memories, memorabilia, buildings and town of the people of Denton.

Denton Colliery
A history of mining in Denton.

Denton History
From Tameside Council.

North West Derbyshire Sources

Censues, parish register, hearth tax, jury and directory.

Dukinfield on YouTube

Captured on film, like the demolition of Oxford Street, the Queen Mill, or Parliament Street in the 1950s, take your pick.

Dukinfield Methodists
The original Sunday School opened in 1829 and the chapel in 1840. Site includes a history.

Dukinfield Wagon Works
This site is dedicated to the Great Central carriage and wagon works at Dukinfield. Opened in 1910 on a 30 acre site situated close to the main line from Manchester to London. The site opened with lots of new machinery plus some old ones from Gorton Works. When opened it was one of the most modern in Europe.

Kenyon Letters
An alphabetical index of letters sent to Elizabeth Hannah Kenyon, Mayor of Dukinfield from soldiers serving in the First World War kept at Tameside Local Studies Library.


The entry for Dukinfield.

FHSC Dukinfield
The Dukinfield branch of the Family History Society of Cheshire.

Dukinfield Town Hall
A history of the building.

Old Photos of Dukinfield

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Glossop Pages
I hope I don't offend anyone by rolling Gloosop in with Tameside!

Peak District History
Combines Glossop and Longdendale.

Old Glossop
Primarily a residents' site but with historical and other information.

The Ancient Parish of Glossop
The Book of Glossop by Hanmer & Winterbottom plus a bibliography.

The Gateway to Kinder
The Hayfield Parish website with historical information.

Flowery Field Church, Hyde
A history of the church long connected to the Ashton family.

Annals if Hyde and District
Published on Google Books.

Hyde Daily Photo
Contemporary photos of Hyde.

Old Photos of Hyde
A regularly updated blog of photos of Hyde.

Information about Mottram-in-Longdendale.

Castle Hall
A history about this fondly remembered district, which was demolished in the 1960s. Castle Hall was fairly typical of the small communities of low-cost housing consisting of rows of terraced houses that sprang up in the mill-towns of East Lancashire.

Stalybridge Online
Includes a history of the town.

Pennine Waterways
Useful guide to the waterways in the area, including a virtual tour of the Ashton Canal.

Tameside Local and Family History
Gay Oliver's excellent site with lots of useful resources, including trade directories, historical descriptions and much more.

Setantii Project
A visitor attraction at Ashton Town Hall that traces the history of Tameside from Celtic times to the present day and named after the tribe who originally lived here. It includes a family history centre where experts from Manchester University will help you get started.

History Alive Tameside
The Tameside Local History Forum was established in January 2000 to increase public awareness and use of all the elements of local history throughout the Borough. The site includes the online magazine.

Tameside links
A comprehensive list of Tameside related links.

Tameside Local Studies Library
If your interests lie in the Tameside area, a visit to the Local Studies Library in Stalybridge is highly recommended. You will find extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff and a wide range of resources. This website outlines what is available. A Tameside bibliography is available as a PDF.

Also see important dates in Tameside, the Manchester Regiment, the regiments involvement in the Boer War and memories in audio.

The Tameside photo archive has more than 12,000 photos with a searchable database. Prints can be ordered online.

Tameside Burials and Cremations
The local authority is gradually putting all its burial and cremation records as a searchable database on the web.

Tameside War Memorials
A searchable database of memorials in Tameside. Alternatively, try 'Carl's Cam' photos for genealogists' with names in alphabetical order.

Virtual Tameside
Lots of information about Tameside, town by town.


Manchester 2002
Another useful Manchester and surrounding area resource. Try the maps and the local historical celebs.

Eyewitness in Manchester
Excellent contemporary images of the Greater Manchester area and articles. In particular, see the explanation of place names.

Old Photos of Manchester
The Central Library has a collection of 80,000 photos of Manchester available in digitised form. Others can be ordered from this site.

Greater Manchester County Records Office
The office store historical records relating to the Greater Manchester area, and to make them available for members of the public for research. There are now some 4 miles of shelving of records, which date back to 1197.

Manchester Online

Part of the site dedicated to ex-pats. Includes historical information, webcams, and videos about parts of the conurbation.

Manchester Interactive
The BBC's local website includes the Voices Project, mainly about Levenshulme at the moment. Also webcams and 360° photos.

Manchester Central Library
The city council's guide to using the library for family history research.

Our Manchester
A local history site that includes sections on White City Amusement Park, Belle Vue and memories of Longsight.

Gorton Monastery
The monastery of St Francis in Gorton is Manchester's Taj Mahal accoring to World Monuments Fund. Also see Buildings in Peril.

Manchester Royal Infirmary
Those whose family research takes them into Manchester often find references to Manchester Royal Infirmary. The hospital began in a small house on Garden Street, off Withy Grove, in 1752, was later found in what is now Piccadilly Gardens before moving to its present site on Oxford Road. The MRI celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2002 and this site gives details of its history and photos.

Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester
Situated in the oldest passenger railway buildings in the world, the Museum tells the story of the history, science and industry of Manchester - the world's first industrial city.

Engels in Manchester
Friedrich Engels observations on Manchester in 1844.

Manchester 2002
Site developed for the Commonwealth Games, but includes historical information.

Brookfield Unitarian Church
This well-known landmark on Hyde Road Gorton, has been around since 1703. Robert Siddall's has examples of his collection of memorabilia, including a short history.

Gorton Local History Society
The Local History Group is provided by the Varna Adult Education Centre, Manchester. Members research of the history of Gorton and Openshaw and surrounding areas.

Genealogical information about the Salford Hundred.
Lancashire Hotpot
Various pages about Lancashire past and present, including some surname origins and a few church websites.

Lancashire Association of Change Ringers
Bell-ringing was and is an important aspect of church life. This site provides more campanology information in north west England.

George Formby
Sad to say, George Formby is a big part of my past — b/w films on the BBC on a Sunday, but they were pretty good. This site commemorates some of George's best songs in MIDI format, although not quite true to the original. Hey, and I believe George was born and scratched an early living in Ashton.

Lancashire County Cricket Club
What is better than a day at Old Trafford when the sun is shining, as it often does in Manchester (don't believe the publicity)

Complete Lanky
A good site for those who have lost sight of their Lancashire roots and dialect! (Hear it online).

"Don't' preich at me. Ah don't apologise for meself an' Ah don't need anybody else to apologise for me. My past is one o' high endeavour an' no heeltaps. Yours is full o' inhibitions. Don't do this an' don't do that. Yo' cannot knit a full life o' negatives. If ever Ah get to heaven, Ah'll fly theer on positives."

Great quote - sounds like my g-grandad, Jack Prestwich!

Lancashire Dialect Society
Derek Stanton's lanky dialect site includes a dictionary and Bowton's Yard by Samuel Laycock.

Red Rose

Friends of Real Lancashire
Not strictly a genealogy link, more a statement of independence of the Lancashire mind!

Falkirk and Linlithgow
Falkirk Local History Society
Founded in 1981 for those with an interest in Falkirk's history and generally in East Stirlingshire.

Falkirk Online

Another history from Falkirk Online,

The entry for Falkirk.
The Battle of Falkirk
The defeat of William Wallace by Edward I on July 22, 1298.

St Michael is Kind to Strangers
The motto of Linlithgow, ironic that in my family history two St Michael and All Angels should play a part.

The entry for Linlithgow.
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