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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 Excerpt: ... Levcnshulme from Reddish. It is part of an old pack horse road, which formerly ran from Stockport to Gorton, and is marked on the ordnance maps surveyed about 1844 as "Paved Lane." At its southerly end within a few yards west of its junction with Broadstone Road Reddish lies a strip of an old Roman way about half a mile in length, which is still used as part of the old road from Stockport to Manchester. Pink Bank Lane disappears at Wyngate House, and grassy fields ensue, but if the fields be crossed a portion of the old road is found, which crosses the Nico ditch at right angles, and is still very clearly defined by ditch, bank, and old stunted oaks on either side. About two hundred yards or thereabouts of it may still be seen, detached and enclosed at either end with posts and rails, which are fitted with stiles for foot passengers. It appears to have been originally laid with cobble stones, and tradition tells of the pavement being visible not many years ago. It is said also that the original roadway may be seen under the turf in some of the adjoining fields on the Gorton side, though not a vestige of pavement remains in the part of the road which is still used. Mr. Higson's description of the northerly part of the lane may be supplemented from Mr.Wm. Harrison's P re-turnpike Highways in Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society Transactions (vol. ix., pp. 126-7), where he mentions that in 1781 an Enumeration of Salford Hundred Bridges included "SmithyBridge between Heaton in Prestwich Parish and Blcackley, on the road from Rochdale to Stockport," and he describes this road as leaving the Rochdale and Manchester old road at Heaton in Prestwich, on the north, and, crossing the Irk by the bridge just mentioned, it passed southwards th...
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