Books by Philip Martin Williams & David L. Williams


Now Available

For Your Delectation and Delight

A History of the Music Halls and Theatres of Ashton-under-Lyne...

...and some of the shows and people who have appeared in them.

This book is the first comprehensive account of popular live entertainment in the northern market town of Ashton-under-Lyne. Starting from the early 1800s to the closing of the last remaining theatre in 2008. It presents a fascinating story. At their finest Ashton’s theatres and music halls were opulent pleasure palaces whilst others were simple wooden structures temporarily erected on the market ground or fashioned from old stables, churches or numerous industrial premises. ‘For Your Delectation and Delight’ will fascinate lovers of music hall and theatres everywhere. The authors take in all aspects of the buildings, the shows, the performers and the business. This volume will hopefully inform, educate and thoroughly entertain, as Ashton’s theatrical history is played out from its every page.



'For Your Delectation

and Delight'

was officially launched on

Saturday August 24th

and is available NOW from

Hari Market Newsagent - Stall 31 Ashton Market Hall. 

Tameside Local Studies Library,

Cotton Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne

Or order through WATERSTONES 

To buy signed copies use the contacts page with your query.



Book Launch (edited) 24 August 2019







Coming Soon...

'Flickering Memories' 

reissued and updated

From Fleapit to Muliplex a History of Ashton-under-Lyne's Cinemas




'The Knight Rides Out' - Medieval Ashton, The Black Lad, The town’s famous Black Knight and the much loved Black Knight Pageants. 

'To Market, To Market' - The story of Ashton-under-Lyne's Ancient Market.

'Bygone Ashton-under-Lyne' - Written in 1909 by Samuel Hill this edition was published in 2009 to mark the centenary of Samuel Hill’s death.

'Frank Randle's Film Fun' - A wonderful book for all British Comic Collectors. The comic strip antics of film comedian Frank Randle Culled from the pages of vintage ‘Film Fun’ Annuals and Comics.

'A Backdoor to Fleet Street' - A history of the newspapers of Ashton-under-Lyne.

Click HERE for report and videos of the George Formby Senior - Blue Plaque unveiling - Ashton-under-Lyne 2012

Read about the search for the 'Lost' films of the Mancunian Film Corporation HERE