High Ash farm


From Harry Baxter's memoirs 2000
This farm was just a few hundred yards from my home on Audenshaw Road.  The rear of the building and the field of the farm backed on to Sidmouth Street, and Edward Street.  In the field was a large pond, just off the Sidmouth Street, I remember cows grazing this field and being herded down Audenshaw Road on to Groby Road North, to graze on fields off Slate Lane, it seems incredible now with the amount of traffic we have now. The farm was demolished in 1983

From James Butterworth, 1823
High Ash, is so-called from a tall tree of that species, which formally spread its branches over the ancient habitation that stood there.  The present erection is a farmhouse, in the occupation of Mr James Hurst, and contains 36 acres under lease to Mrs Stopford of Denton.
The old mansion of High Ash was erected in the year 1444, and consisted of large and spacious rooms, wainscoated with wood, and appeared to be finished for some distinguished family, for on pulling it down in 1814, and removing several coats of plaster from the walls, there were discovered several excellent paintings by a masterly hand, of figures large as life, and colours in good preservation, amongst which were the arms of Henry VI, richly emblazoned form the head of the apartment, also our Saviour, and several Romish priests and kings, some of which are still preserved and in the possession of Mr Daniel Howarth of Audenshaw house.

From the Reporter, the 25th March 1983.
A prominent landmark in Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw High Ash farm, which nestled beside Red Hall Methodist Church, and was tenanted by the Worthington family for almost 100 years, has been demolished, but the memories linger on.  Yarns of when the horse and cart was a common form of transport, and Audenshaw was a rural area, were recalled by members of the Worthington family some of whom travelled from as far away as Shrewsbury, Stourbridge and Cumbria at a family reunion on Saturday at Trough house.  Modern houses now replace the old High Ash farm cottage and feels members of Red Hall church in which the Worthington family were members also have happy memories of the farm. Following the Whitsuntide walks, in years gone by, it was the custom many children to gather at the farm for milk and buns and later play games there.  
Mr Graeme Worthington, who farmed at High Ash, said Saturday it will was a real and enjoyable occasion.  References were made in speeches to the old days, but we all realise there had to be progress.  The farm was originally tenanted by his grandfather, the late Mr Alfred Worthington, the oldest tenant farmer on the Stamford estate.  He commenced work as a farm boy and was paid the humble sum of 50 shillings a year for his services.  Mr Graeme Worthington said that originally there were some 70 acres of farmland were gradually land was gobbled up the building development.  This Alfred Worthington was followed at the farm by his son Charles, and then by his sons, firstly Graeme and finally Albert.

 

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