BT Telephone Exchange – Ashton under Lyne

BT Roundabout OL6 6QQ

In 1913 Ashton is already a crowded town, a cotton town.

The first telephone exchange arrives and sweeps away property at the junction of Scotland and Bedford Streets.

The second arrives along with the bypass and establishes a roundabout, an island of telecommunication.

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There they sit betwixt St Michael’s Parish Church and Albion Congregational.

A marriage of inter-war brick Revivalism and post-war concrete Brutalism.

Ninety nine point nine percent of the passing parade pass by onto the bypass by car, I took time to circumnavigate the site on foot.

This is what I saw.

6 thoughts on “BT Telephone Exchange – Ashton under Lyne

    1. It’s still in use however the original (red brick) section is no longer operational and inaccessible due to asbestos and lack of maintenance.

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  1. It’s ALSO a case of the entire telephone exchange for our district requiring only a small fraction of the floor-space, compared with what was required a generation ago – all due to the astounding advances in IT software and hardware, miniaturisation, etc.

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