Then & Now

When I have time I like to restore old photos of bygone years in and around Royton then compare them with how the place or areas look today. They do not have to be really old or even the latest era, I simply like to see how things have changed for better or worse.
If you have any old photos of this nature and want a comparison just mail them to me and I will have a go for you totally free.

Haggate, Royton.

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The photo here is of the Haggate, Royton c1930. The view is looking toward Chadderton, a few hundred yards before the public house and shops to the left. Milne’s paper shop on the right. Tongue’s grocers on the left.
The road on the left side is Highlands and just visible to the right near the gas light is Mill Lane.
Interestingly there are a few houses from this era still in existence. There are 5/6 houses on the left just before this photo and a few more on the right around the bend near to the Haggate shops.





This is how it looks today, quite a difference. In fact the only point of reference are the roads with Highlands on the left, Mill Lane to the right, and of course Middleton Road. If you take a walk down here have a look at Highlands, the cobbles are still in evidence and oddly they taper into just a yard wide path rising up the hill.




Sandy Lane, Royton c1930

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This is a restoration of a photo depicting Sandy Ln in Royton around the 1930’s.
The old doctors house faces us with the ??? Mill behind. We’re viewing this from Sandy Ln and the road to the left is Rochdale Ln, the road going off to the right is Park Ln which runs straight through Rochdale Rd and up past the travellers rest.





Sandy Ln 2013

Today we see the doctors house and a couple of houses to the rear are the only buildings left at this scene. The Royton Band Club has replaced the terraced houses and this section of Park Ln comes to an abrupt halt after about 200yds.






Shaw Road end.


Here we have a great photo of Shaw Rd end that I restored many moons back.
What is now Oaklands House is hidden behind the trees to the right, Shaw Rd going off into the distance, and Oldham Rd crossing our view.




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We are now viewing Shaw Rd in 2013. The houses to your left and right have clearly gone making way for roadway improvements. The Shaw bound traffic lanes are the original two lanes of Shaw Rd whilst the oncoming lanes were more recently installed for modern day traffic filtering. If the constable in the old photo was directing traffic today he would most likely suffer serious injury, this is a very busy spot today.




 Church Street, Royton.

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Whit Sunday march along Church St, Royton around 1906.
The Parish Church of St Paul’s is in the background. I will definitely restore this photo when I have more time.



Church St 2013




Not a great deal has changed in this view from 2013. A lot of the houses are still standing though it’s sad to see that a lot of St Paul’s buildings are being sold.
I noticed how much the trees have grown in the last 106yrs but I’m sure some great guy from the council will come along and lop them down some day soon.






Royton Hall.


Royton Hall thought to date back to the 13th century. set in its own  grounds and constructed of Saddleworth stone and oak from the Chadderton Forest.  The park, belonging to the Hall was thickly wooded with sycamore, beech,  chestnut, oak, poplars and other forest trees. Deer and other game abounded in  profusion. The gardens, which were extensive and well cultivated, extended to  the park wall at Edge Lane. In the 18th and 19th centuries they were kennels for  a pack of harriers. Read much more about this great building and it’s history at the Royton Local History Society.

Royton Hall 2013




Looking at the site of Royton Hall  today (2013) will have nothing much to say to a casual passer by, nor can you imagine the enormity of the land that sustained the families that once lived here.
The dig of the site was a great attraction and the two excavations involved 672 children, 42 helpers, 161 adult diggers and 2576  visitors.
Not all has been lost, you can see an old gate post still in situ here.