Denton is one of the largest township in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, largely because it also now embraces the sister community of Haughton. In the early days of Industrial development, coal mining, cotton factoring and hat making were the key trades that brought work to the area and although the days of large scale specialist manufacturing in Denton are over there is still evidence of those days to be seen. The remains of factory buildings, sometimes recycled for new uses, and terraces of houses built for the mine and mill employees are still to be found. Denton's early growth was aided by its pivotal position at an important crossing of major routes but sadly this location has latterly brought about a devastating loss with the advent twentieth-century road developments. In the 1970s the construction of a new motorway, the M67, destroyed a large number of the town's residential and industrial buildings, schools and a church, a process that continued in the 1990s with the arrival of another motorway, the M60, which now meets the M67 in the west end of the town.
This book illustrates dramatically how these double invasions have changed the face of the town but also much of the past, surprisingly, still survives. The Denton Local History Society selected a series of early photographs that show the old Denton as it was and then took new photographs from the same vantage points to highlight the changes that have taken place. It is not only the buildings and the streets that receive attention; the people of Denton are seen as well, going about their everyday activities in this changing landscape. The accompanying captions provide a fascinating account of the background to the changes and the history of this important area.show more