Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Denton Local History Society

Allan Arrowsmith, Chairman of Denton Local History Society

This article is from Signpost 56, February 2018

The society was formed in June 1978, so we are looking forward to our 40th birthday next year. In 1978, the M67 motorway was being constructed, so there was much to do, in taking photographs and recording buildings which were to be demolished. Two schools, public houses, homes and shops went under the bulldozer. In the same year, we were asked to put on an exhibition at Denton Show, which we did. Denton Show folded some years ago, but we still put on an exhibition each year, on a different aspect of Denton’s history: hatting, other industries, shops, churches, schools, farms and so forth. For the third time this year, our exhibition has been staged in the restored and re-ordered Church of St. Lawrence, built in 1531, so an apt setting for our purposes. The photograph below was taken at our 2016 event, “ The Best Days of Your Life “, which was all about children and young peoples’ activities, school, sports, pantomimes, street games, and so on. Over 500 children attended, in classes, as well as some 300 adults.

Sadly, this year, none of the schools accepted our invitation as the theme was not compliant with their curriculum. It was ‘Crown Point to Thornley Park‘, (Down Manchester Road), showing how one of the main thoroughfares through Denton has changed over the years. We meet twice monthly, for a workshop and a meeting with a speaker, as well as social events and occasional visits to places of interest. In addition, we have produced a number of books. We are also affiliated to Tameside Local History Forum, Greater Manchester Churches Preservation Society, British Association for Local History and Lancashire Local History Federation and PNFS.

Anyone wishing to know more about us is welcome to contact me:

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