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Old maps of Ashton
Started by: ashtonman01 (129) Report abuse
On the Old-Maps website of the Ashton and surrounding areas it gives you options for different dates, one I think for 1965 and 1972. Looking at the maps from those dates shows quite a significant change in some of the areas, particularly around the skitters, Woodedge, Lowbank Rd and Old rd with housing development between those periods.

What struck me was the amount of allotments there were. The estate behind the Pit Pony must've began around the late 60s and up to the very early 70s as the 65 map just shows allotments stretching back to Skitters Wood. Shame they had to ruin it all. Another thing I discovered was that Landgate school was originally on the opposite side of the road where the recent-ish modern housing estate (Keilder Close I think it's called) is now just off Soughers Lane. I'd always thought it was just derelict land prior to being developed.

Also just off Wolmer St there used to be a laundry, and up Old Rd towards Whitledge Geen there was an area named Whitledge Hurst, anyone know why it was called that?.

https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/357500/399500/10/101325

Posted by: tonker (19935)   Report abuse
"Landgate school .... is now just off Soughers Lane."

No it isn't!

Posted by: ashtonman01 (129) Report abuse
I didn't say Landgate school is now off Soughers Lane.

Posted by: tonker (19935)   Report abuse
In that case, your lack of punctuation makes the article say whatever the reader interprets!

Posted by: ashtonman01 (129) Report abuse
Anyone know exactly or roughly when the rest of the estate behind the Pit Pony was built?. I noticed on the early 70s map much of the estate was there but the remaining houses from roughly where the entry is behind Pit Pony was still spare land with allotments. They look like they were built in more recent decades, likely the mid-late 80s. I think the estate around Woodedge looks like it was built in the 80s.

Edit: from what I can gather, it looks like the whole of the estate behind the Pit Pony was almost completed around the early 80s, as was the estate on Woodedge on the opposite side of Skitters. On the maps from the late 70s, and possible early 80s as well, it doesn't appear to show the Pit Pony only a works and the garage. When they did build the Pit Pony?. Feels like it's been there for at least 40 years.

Why did they demolish the school where the estate is now at the bottom end of Soughers Lane in Bryn/Landgate?. I never knew there used to be a school there.

Posted by: gaffer (6101)   Report abuse
The school in Soughers Lane was a special needs school, it was closed when the pupils went into mainstream schools. Landgate school replaced Park Lane school.

Posted by: ashtonman01 (129) Report abuse
I had a feeling it was a special needs school as you don't see many "mainstream" schools being closed and demolished, unless it's a really old delapidated building. Looks like they started building that estate of posh detached houses around the early-mid 90s; didn't they think were built that long ago, I would've thought the late 90s.

 
 
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