Swallow Walk estate built 1960s
In the 1960s a large number of new houses were built on the East side of the village with access provided from Gladstone Street, Wide Street,Tanners Lane and Anchor Lane. Most of the land had previously been pasture. Below you can see you can see 3 maps and 3 photos.
Map 1 is the OS map of 1921 with the bottom of Wide Street being the Co-op and Bakehouse. Rookery Row tenements stretch back from Tanners Lane and the fields still occupy the pasture land that was called Midsummer Ground pre-enclosure. Map 2 shows the new estate in progress in 1963. Wide Street now extends further down past the Elms on the left and where Rookery Row (now demolished) used to stand. As yet there is no access to the new estate from Gladstone Street. Map 3 shows an aerial view of the estate as it is now (2020).
Photo 1 shows the opening up of Ashton's ground as Wide Street was extended - the sign is that of the builder 'Saunders Bros' (Sam and Fred Saunders). Photo 2 shows the two bungalows at the bottom of the newly-extended Wide Street. Photo 3's wintry scene shows Swallow Walk still with no access to Gladstone Street.