Precinct – Ashton under Lyne

Possibly my first brush with modernism and modernity, the shopping precinct in Ashton under Lyne. Typically in the mid Sixties, British towns reinvented themselves as space age retail experiences, in stark contrast to their middle aged, Middle Aged market centre, market centred identity.

Out with the cobbles and stalls, in with the travelator, frothy coffee, concrete and a pedestrianised, undercover, all weather, super convenient haven of heavenly fun!

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And lo, it came to pass, let construction commence.

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Simply add a few decorative embellishments courtesy of the Direct Works’ pavoirs.

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You have built it and now they will come:

Little did you know you had created a punk rock icon.

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Featured on the cover of fanzine Ghast Up #3 – many thanks to MDMA

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Many thanks to the Tameside Image Archive

5 thoughts on “Precinct – Ashton under Lyne

  1. I must say another comprehensive and informative article enjoyed by one of the very few of us who rode the ‘travelator” up to the first floor on the rare occasion that it was operating.

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  2. I remember skating around Ashton after leaving wheels, I came down the travelator to be caught at the bottom by the local Bobby who promptly gave me a telling off.

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  3. I remember all of them, that’s when ashton had good shops and it was a pleasure to shop there it’s gone down in my opinion and these changes are for the good the tameside council have ruined the town it’s not the town I grow up in. The market is nothing to what it was before the fire. It’s very sad theat the council have let the people of ashton down.

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