Ashton Street Slum clearance

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The almshouses in Ashton Street, established by a legacy from Mrs Frances Ashton, were derelict and empty when this photograph was taken. The stood on the corner of Ashton Street and West Street, which can be seen in the background, and were replaced by a block of modern shops. The charity trustees used the money from the sale of the land to build news almshouses in Bull Pond Lane, alongside the Bennett Memorial Recreation ground.