Armoury Bank Building by Tony Haslam (Kodak Easyshare DX7630)
Armoury Bank Building used to make Armour in the way of Bayonets, Swords etc. The local Militia had a camp behind the building. It is reputed to be the oldest building in Ashton. Lord Gerards Band used to practice here. It has also been a sweet shop/coffee bar and had a juke box it was owed by the Dickenson Family. The locals called it “Dickies”
Comment by dave marsh on 5th October 2007 at 15:26
It's a unique building and is a pleasure to the eye.Thanks for showing us Tony.
Comment by Colin on 5th October 2007 at 23:53
I always thought the oldest building, still in it's original form, was the Byrchall Free Grammar School, built before 1588. I could be wrong, but is there evidence of this building's age?
Comment by Colin on 6th October 2007 at 19:23
I've discovered a farmhouse, in Ashton, which has a section that dates back to the twelfth century. Like I said, I could be wrong.
Comment by Tony Haslam on 17th October 2007 at 22:45
Colin, I did say in Ashton-in-Makerfield. I think you will find that Byrchall Free Grammer School was not in A-IN-M I think possibly Garswood or Senely Green. But I could be wrong also.
Comment by Colin on 20th October 2007 at 14:26
Tony, I think you will find that Seneley Green (Garswood) is part of Ashton in Makerfield. The farmhouse I mention, that dates back to the twelfth century, is also in Garswood, Ashton in Makerfield. Maybe you meant 'the oldest building in Ashton Shopping Centre'? By the way, I understood you to be from the Ashton area, Tony? I'm surprised at you not knowing this.
Comment by empress on 24th October 2007 at 01:54
You taught me something I didn't know Tony thats for sure, I would never have imagined so much history around that building.
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