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Old Bryn Hall

The original seat of the Gerard family was Old Bryn Hall at Landgate, in a field to the south and east of Landgate Lane, near the railway line. It is shown on the maps as a moat and the legend 'Old Bryn'. The family moved to New Bryn Hall at the end of the fourteenth century, which ceased to be their home in the eighteenth century when they moved to Garswood and later Garswood Park in Ashton. Bryn Hall, though rebuilt, still stands on Bryn Gates Lane near the back of the Three Sisters.

- David McKendrick
Coffin Wood

"I used to play in the woods around Bryn Hall as a kid. We called it Crippins Wood but my mum reckons it was Coffin Wood. I overlayed an old map over a Google Earth image and found that Coffin Wood no longer exists. Coffin Lane used to lead from the bottom of Baldwins Farm straight to Coffin Wood."

- David Brown
Coffin Wood

"As for Coffin Wood and Coffin Lane you need to go back to a time before the mines came along when the residents of Bamfurlong and Stubshaw areas had to travel to the then Parish Church, Holy Trinity in what is now North Ashton to bury their dead. They carried the coffins along a lane which went over the fields from Bolton Road near to Baldwin’s Farm to Four Footed Cross (now called Bryn Cross) and then onto the Church in Ashton (now Downall Green). The lane from Bolton Road to Four Footed Cross passed through a wood where the mourners would rest and pray before continuing to the church, hence the name; Coffin Lane and Coffin Wood. Unfortunately, Coffin Wood was buried under the slag heaps that became the Three Sisters and the lane although no longer there, followed a route similar to the diagonal footpath across Viridor Wood from a point near to Baldwin’s Farm.

For readers who wonder where the name Viridor comes from it is the name of the company, which funded the woodland project, Viridor Waste Management."

- Vic Greenwood
Skelton Well

Skelton Street at Bryn is probably named after Skelton Well, which is mentioned in the introduction to the 'History of Park Lane Chapel'.

- David McKendrick
Ashton Hospital

Ashton used to have its own cottage hospital, situated off Long Lane (now Bryn Road) (53°29'58" N, 2°38'11" W). The hospital was built around 1885 initially as an isolation hospital for infectious diseases. Temporarily closed from 1949 to 1950, it re-opened for infectious diseases from 1951 to 1954. It was redesignated as a maternity hospital from 1954 to 1955, and then became a geriatric unit from 1956 to its closure in 1985.

- David McKendrick
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