TAMESIDE COUN­TRY­SIDE

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IF you drive from Moss­ley to Staly­bridge, you may not no­tice that you’ve passed through Mill­brook. To­day it’s a lit­tle sleepy vil­lage, but in the past it was a hive of ac­tiv­ity.

There were four cot­ton mills, two of which be­came woollen.

Staly Mill built in 1803 was re­built in 1837 af­ter a fire.

It was run by the Har­risons and closed in 1969.

Sta­ley Mill Howards be­gan cot­ton spin­ning in 1805 and turned to wool in 1896, clos­ing in 1962.

Spring Grove Mill was cot­ton from 1818 to 1868 and then was in wool pro­duc­tion for 100 years it was the last steam­pow­ered mill in the area.

Oak­field Mill be­gan in 1851 and closed to cot­ton in 1961 when it be­came a bleach­ing com­pany un­til 1992.

Fires were a reg­u­lar oc­cu­rance in mills.

Sta­ley Mill was on fire in 1959 and an em­ployee Wil­liam Og­den be­came dis­ori­en­tated in the fire and found him­self on the roof. The vicar from St James Church came and Ditchcroft was lined with peo­ple who prayed for him and he jumped into the millpond 70 feet be­low and sur­vived.

Mill­brook was well served with trans­port.

There was a rail­way sta­tion on Grove Road and trams be­gan in 1904 from Staly­bridge via Hey­heads to Moss­ley along Hud­der­s­field Road which was for­merly called Queen’s Road.

There were also four churches, six pub­lic houses and four work­ing mens’ clubs.

Mill­brook Cricket Club pro­duced two well known crick­eters, John Sul­li­van was born in 1945 and played for Lan­cashire and Harry Pilling born in 1943 who at five foot three inches tall has the distinc­tion of be­ing the short­est English crick­eter of mod­ern times and he also played for Lan­cashire.

In the Sec­ond World War the cricket pitch was used by Amer­i­can sol­diers to play base­ball tour­na­ments.

James Grimshaw Lowe ‘owned’ the vil­lage.

He lived at Oak­wood House in the 1920’s.

His nephew took over from him in the 1960s.

If you walk above Walk­er­wood Reser­voir you may come across the Chin­cough Well.

Moth­ers would bring their chil­dren suf­fer­ing from whoop­ing cough up to the well to drink the wa­ter mixed with a lit­tle gin.

Many chil­dren were cured, but whether it was the wa­ter, the gin or the fresh air, no­body knows.

To hear more tales of bye­gone Mill­brook, join Tameside Greenspace Vol­un­teer, Paul Nether­cott to cel­e­brate Her­itage Open Week­end.

Meet at Oak­gates car park, Hart­ley Street, off Hud­der­s­field Road, Mill­brook, Staly­bridge SK15 3EP, at 1pm on Satur­day, Septem­ber 8.

This two-mile walk will ex­plore the his­tory of the growth of Mill­brook and the de­cline of the cot­ton in­dus­try. ● Sarah, 28 Join hun­dreds of peo­ple who are tak­ing on the BHF’s iconic 52-mile ride from Manch­ester to Black­pool, through the night to help fund life sav­ing re­search into heart and cir­cu­la­tory con­di­tions. Get your friends to­gether, sad­dle up and make in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries, from Manch­ester to Black­pool, through the night.

Be­come a Champion for the BHF.

Old Mill­brook

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