The Ashlea

Under the railway bridge on Manchester Road, on the right-hand side is the Ashlea pub which was built in the gardens of Ashlea House, which still stands but is now offices.  At one time the Railway pub stood here.

 

The present pub is built on a site where four streams meet underground and there were often rivulets (small streams of water) in the cellar - the landlady said they kept the cellar temperature constant.

 

The new owners uncovered and restored the original features and were given the old sign for the Railway Inn which had been found in a skip.

 

Opposite the pub and cottages is the entrance to the old coal yard.  Trains used to stop at the closed station to deliver coal to this yard.