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Rectory Cottages North Ashton (bygone times)
Photo: Janice Ryder
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Item #: 8684
This is a photo of Rectory Cottages sometimes called Church terrace. There were 4 cottages facing the graveyard at the front of the church they had big long gardens these are the ones that you were refering to Susan, Janet and Lyndon. It was taken in the late 1930's. Nearest the Rd. was Greenalls, 2 Charnock, 3 Winstanley who you both mentioned he was the man who grew the flowers, 4 Lowe who was killed in a mining accident. This photo was taken on Trinity Sunday and shows from Lt to Rt Billy Ashton who lived in cottages that were at the front of Cromptons Hingemakers works on Billinge Rd. were the bus stop is now. At the side of him is Bill Ryder and just behind them is Ken Ryder. Ken and Bill, lived in the house next to the police houses HA.HA. on Billinge Rd. Hope this brings back good memories, and we get as much interest as we did on Pig St.

Comment by: janet on 13th January 2009 at 21:42

Thank you Janice, whilst I don't remember any of the people walking,{ before my time} the cottages I absolutely remember and yes, brings back lovely memories..

Comment by: Dave Lewis on 13th January 2009 at 22:57

Nice clear photo that janice, i bet that was fun bill & ken next door to bobby lol.

Comment by: janice on 13th January 2009 at 23:48

hiya dave, i think in those days the bobby would have been more concerned with old bill. HA HA

Comment by: Dougie on 14th January 2009 at 09:59

Janice keep them coming love the old photo's

Comment by: Lyndon on 14th January 2009 at 11:44

Great photo Janice, remember it well with the back yard flags used as a wall and Dunn's shop on the corner, or maybe Sudworth's in late 30's. Mr.Dunn was the only shopkeeper who would sell us "penny bangers" before Bonfire Night. Can't speak for the 1930's but in the 1950's I think there were two policemen who lived on Billinge Road, one was "Bobby Harrison". I've got Booths Brow sorted, I was so aggravated trying to work it out I decided to visit. What a change! but the entrance to the communal yard is still there and the overgrown rubble where the Pig St. cottages were.

Comment by: Gerard Hilton on 14th January 2009 at 18:58

My grandmother was born in Sudworths Shop in the late 1800s, That was on my mothers side, Nearly everyone in Rectory Rd were related to each other in them days,

Comment by: Susan Atkins (nee Atherton) on 14th January 2009 at 20:34

Janice thanks so much for this photo as I can actually see the house I was born in - middle one of the back terrace. Although I was young I do remember the layout of this area so clearly. My Mum has come across a photo of me and my brothers standing on the dirt rook at the back, I will put it on. If you have anymore pictures of this area it will be great to see them.

Comment by: Janice on 15th January 2009 at 22:54

Hiya Lyndon, glad you managed to get your head round Pig St. Yes Susan we have got more photos i will put them on the album. Watch this space.

Comment by: shirley on 27th January 2009 at 20:29

hi janice,were are these cottages driving me mad cant picture were photo was took,put me out of my misery lol x

Comment by: Janice on 28th January 2009 at 19:18

Shirley, the lads are stood on Rectory Rd outside the Church the Church is on the right of the photo as you look at it. You can see the advertisement hording on Cook's shop in the background. The cottages were side on to the road, their front gardens faced on to the graveyard and stood were the bungalows are built now.

Comment by: Eric Winstanley on 11th March 2009 at 20:47

Great photos. You mention Billy Ashton, he was my mother's cousin, do you, or anybody for that matter have any photos of the cottages where Billy lived.

Comment by: Janice Ryder on 16th March 2009 at 19:28

Eric you are asking about the cottages that Billy Ashton lived in i don't think i have a photo of them but i have one of the white house which i think was next to them. I think i may have a drawing of thew cottages though. I will put the photo of the white house on the album.

Comment by: Francis on 28th June 2009 at 14:35

Hi Janice. I've been searching for a photo like this for some time - thanks. My late father, Frank Curtis who was a property repairer, lived at No.3 Rectory Cottages from about 1937/38 until he married. Don't know how long he stayed there though. Does anyone remember him ? Also, does anyone remember the Seddons or Cartwrights that lived at Downall Green Road from the 1930s/40s. Thanks.

Comment by: marilyn fletcher on 27th July 2009 at 22:40

hi janice my old aunt emily uncle jimmy winstanly lived there they had a son called arthur ilived in rectory rd i played there as a child i am 59 now

Comment by: Helen Barlow on 14th December 2011 at 23:51

I was really chuffed to see this photo, my grannie lived in Pig Street as a child. I'm just a bit to young to remember the cottages, I can vaguely remember the further ones and the shop which was I think Aspinalls chippie.

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