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28 Sept 11   Walked from Droylsden to Stalybridge along the Ashton Canal.   On through Stalybridge, now on the
Huddersfield Narrow Canal, for half a mile or so before striking off up the Brushes Valley to the edge of the
Pennines.  Back over Harridge Pike to Mossley, then finally over Hartshead Pike to Ashton.  A long hot day!

Audenshaw.  The Art Deco style house reflected in the Ashton Canal.
In 2010 it was on the market for a mere 430,000.

The mirror-smooth surface about to be shattered.

Portland Basin museum, Ashton under Lyne.

Portland Basin.  Junction of the Ashton, Huddersfield and Peak Forest canals.

Stalybridge.  The Longlands development (Urban Splash).

Melbourne Street, Stalybridge.

The Lockgates Sundial sculpture by Alan Dawson.  Armentieres Square, Stalybridge.
The design is based on a set of canal lock gates but the largest of the mainbeams also acts as a
gnomon for the sundial.  The stone numerals set around the sculpture also represent the heel
stones which are set into the canal bank and used to push against when opening the lock gates.
Behind is the 'Holy Trinity and Christ' church.

The 'Holy Trinity and Christ' church from the Lockgates Sundial sculpture.

Statue of 'Jack Judge and a WW1 Soldier' in Lord Pendry Square, Stalybridge.
Jack Judge is best remembered for writing the song It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary.  At the time his famous
song was written, he was performing at The Grand Theatre in Stalybridge.  He allegedly wrote the song for a
5 shilling bet on 30 January 1912 and performed it the next night at The Grand.  However, many people,
including the Judge family, dispute this and say the song was written in his home town of Oldbury.
 He sold all rights to the song to British music publisher Feldman for 5.

'Jack Judge and a WW1 Soldier' in Lord Pendry Square.

It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary.

Clifford House, formerly 'The Grand' theatre.

Walkerwood Reservoir.  The lowest of the four reservoirs in the Brushes Valley.

Zooming over Walkerwood Reservoir to the towers of Manchester city centre in the far distance.

Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.  As its name would suggest, the highest of the four reservoirs.

Higher Swineshaw Reservoir.

The track over Harridge Pike to Carrbrook.

Carrbrook, with Buckton Castle, a medieval ringwork and scheduled ancient monument,
on the hill behind.  To the right of that is Buckton Vale Quarry.

A cottage in Carrbrook.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Mossley.

A huge mill chimney by the river Tame, Mossley.

The Mossley Mill Girl.

The Mossley Mill Girl.

Looking back over the Tame valley from Mossley to Carrbrook and Harridge Pike (on the right).
The track from the Brushes Valley can be seen in the centre, to the left of Harridge Pike.

Hartshead Pike.  The tower was built in 1863 by John Eaton, to mark the
wedding of the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

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