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Oldham Through Time – Part 2

Oldham Through Time – Part 2

Join us as we take a look back at Oldham through the years and see how iconic buildings and places have changed.

Here is part 2 of Oldham Through Time where over the next few upcoming months courtesy of the new book Oldham Through Time by Steven Dickens we’ll be sharing a few of these remarkable changes through a fascinating series of images of the town over the last century and a half.

C&A Store, the subway, Henshaw Street
Spindles Shopping Centre, bottom Henshaw Street

C&A Store, the subway (now Spindles Shopping Centre, Henshaw Street – C&A is an international chain of fashion retail clothing stores. They remain active in Europe but closed or sold their 113 stores in the UK in 2000-01. For many years their retail outlets were a major presence on shopping streets throughout the UK but a gradual change in shopping habits, significantly by the late 1990’s, led to C&A’s demise.

Public Baths, Union Street, 1903
Medtia Place Offices

Public Baths, Union Street, 1903 – The Public Baths stood in Union Street, where the Medtia Place offices are located. There was a seperate public entrance for females from Clegg Street. They were erected in 1854 as a memorial to Sir Robert Peel. The baths were constructed with ornamental vestibules and waiting halls, for both males and females, and at the entrance to the males’ waiting hall was a marble bust of Sir Robert Peel. Facilities include plunge baths, hot and cold shower baths and vapour baths.

About the author – Steven John Dickens has a BA. Hons in History (Sheffield University) and an MA in Twentieth Century
History (Liverpool University) and is a retired charge nurse and college lecturer. He has always had an interest in local history and social history and has also lectured on the history of the NHS. He has previously written for several local history publications, genealogy journals and magazines; including The Manchester Genealogist and The Journal of the Altrincham History Society.

Oldham Through Time : £14.99, available now in all good book stores. Also available on Kindle, Kobo and iBook formats. Any purchases through their website gets a 10% discount


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