Up Our Street is a community engagement and heritage programme enabling people to explore the rich history of Mossley’s high street and those stories and elements that contribute to making our high street a fantastic place to work, visit and explore. The project draws on research compiled by Mossley Civic Society on the history of ‘Mossley shops through the years’, the wonderful collections of the Mossley Heritage Centre, our own research at The Vale and research from volunteers and local artists.
The history of Mossley’s high streets is the history of its people. Though times change and the high streets have had their ups and downs, they continue to serve the community well, with their many friendly shops, pubs, cafes and community centres. Mossley is home to the first Co-operative Society in Tameside opened in 1856, has been a Fairtrade town since 2011 and our research revealed that JD Sports actually began on one of Mossley’s high streets, as well as having a strong claim to be home of the worlds oldest chippy? For a small town, it has always had a lot going on!
It has been fascinating uncovering little known tales of the town’s past and we’re delighted to share them with you on these pages. So best foot forward, jump in and have a mooch around ‘Up Our Street’.
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Up Our Street is supported by the Welcome Back Fund, which provides councils across England a share of £56 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the safe return to high streets after the pandemic.
Though Centre For Cities data shows that smaller towns are recovering faster than their larger neighbours, with Manchester in the bottom 10 cities for post-Covid footfall recovery, towns like Mossley have still been badly affected.