Millscape Mansions - Homes and Houses of Oldham's Mill Owners, by Duncan Gurr and Tania Lewis
Booklet published by Oldham Arts & Heritage in 2007, 49 pages. A4 size booklet (N6594CHX2)
This booklet provides a fascinating account of some of the houses and homes of Oldham people, and is illustrated throughout with several small black and white photographs, as well as maps.
From the rear side cover: The majority of people will be only too aware of the whereabouts of Werneth Hall, Hathershaw Hall and Foxdenton Hall, all of which are, of course, still standing. Within the Borough of Oldham there were, at one time, many more halls and mansion houses, some larger or smaller than others, that are worthy of mention and which in many cases have long since been demolished. With this in mind, Oldham and District Historical Society decided to produce this book. Whilst acknowledging the fact that several of the buildings have been previously researched and written about in various publications, the Society nevertheless took the view that all the information gathered should be brought together to make for easier reading and future research. As the research gathered pace and more buildings were identified, it became obvious that only a small percentage of entries could be included in this book. The Society then had the unenviable task of trying to decide which properties to include; with the result that only around twenty of the original ninety houses have been chosen, the focus for this book being drawn towards the houses built or once occupied by Oldham's cotton mill owners. The houses and homes covered in the booklet include:
Croft Bank House
Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has some minor scuffs and blemishes, and some nibbling and creasing along the edges and corners, but the staple spine is tight and intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is some light yellowing to the inside page edges throuhgout.