Royton Urban District Council.
The photo below depicts Royton Urban District Council showing off their service vehicles in front of Royton baths. It was quite a common thing to do up until around the 60’s when sadly it seemed to stop globally. I say sadly because in the future it will be more difficult for people to research their own areas and will not be able to identify with their town or village.
I live in this area and love restoring old photos linked to Royton, but the pressure of doing photos for other people restricts the time I have for some self indulgency.
I’m going to set a page up on this website for any old pictures I come across of the my hometown though it may take some time to fill it up due to my work load.
There was quite a lot of work to do on this photo of Royton Urban District Council. Mostly because of colourising it in addition to restoring it. In total there was 21 layers needed to complete the photo, a large part being the colour layers but many more layers were used whilst performing the repair.
I have a new technique for replacing backgrounds for instance adding a new skyline. So this will feature much more in pictures restored in the future. It’s kind of a trademark with me and anything that helps speed up the process is very welcome.
A gentleman from a local site offered this information. “First looks like a Bedford the second from the left looks like an old Dennis ex Desert Campaign four wheel drive. And the last two purpose built refuse bodies which could be on any make of chassis The chimneys are from the left Bath Mill, Fir Mill just over the Baths roof and the Baths when it was heated by coal fired boiler. Your colour choice is not far out from memory amazing update PR”
This is the original photo with the usual creases, blemishes. low contrast and everything else you get with an old picture.
Brief history of Royton.
Royton council dates from 1863 to 1974, a local government district in Lancashire which covered the modern-day town of Royton and its suburbs and districts.
Royton covers a significant area to the north-west of the Oldham and formed part of the Oldham Parliamentary constituency until abolished in 1950.
The township of Royton historically lay in the large parish of Prestwich cum Oldham. In 1863 Royton Local Government District was created when the township adopted the local Government act of 1858. A local board was formed to govern the town and in 1879 the district was enlarged by the addition of parts of Thornham township. The Local Government act of 1894 then reconstituted the area as an Urban District thus Royton Urban District Council replaced the local board. The urban district was divided into five wards: Dogford, Dryclough, Haggate, Heyside, and Thornham, with each ward returning three councillors to the fifteen-member council. The only change to boundaries was in 1933, when the Lancashire Review Order added a small area from the neighbouring borough of Middleton.
In 1974 Royton Urban District was abolished by the Local Government act of 1972 and its former area transferred to Gtr Manchester to form part of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. This is how it stands today, 2014, though many people still regret the loss of being part of Lancashire and stoically address their mail as Lancs and not Gtr Manchester.