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.
Price: 15.00 GBP
ONLY APPROX 6 COPIES REMAINING:: The Theatrical World of Arthur Twist is the fascinating story of the rise to fame of music hall comedian Frank Randle. In his heyday Randle was recognised as one of the country's greatest comedy character actors. His own variety shows 'Randle's Scandals' packed theatres for over a decade. He featured on radio and was a star of ten feature films. Randle, real name Arthur McEvoy, performed for a good deal of his early career under the name of Arthur Twist, hence the title of this volume, which takes you on the road with the young aspiring comic. We discover the burning ambition that was inside the young lad from Wigan and the struggles and efforts he put into becoming one of Britain's top comedians. Learn of his encounters with fellow artistes, the established stars and those 'bottom of the bill'. Throughout its pages the usual traits associated with Randle unfold, the drinking, the early signs of his temper and his jealousies. The book also features some of the stars with whom Randle shared many a stage, including George Formby, Max Miller, Max Wall, George Robey and Gracie Fields. The theatrical World of Arthur Twist stands alone as a great read looking at variety theatre in the days before TV, the differing types of theatrical digs and of second rate productions in second rate theatres. As an accompaniment to the book, there is a complimentary 13 track Audio CD ‘Remembering Randle’ featuring his classic ‘Old Hiker’ and other comedy snippets.
Price: 8.50 GBP
Bygone Ashton-under-Lyne appeared for the first time in print over 100 years ago in a series of articles in the then Ashton-under-Lyne Reporter. Its author Samuel Hill was at the time extremely well known in the area. His published works included the popular ‘Bygone Stalybridge’ and several Lancashire dialect poetry books. As with all his previous works ‘Bygone Ashton-under-Lyne’ was entered into wholeheartedly and from the outset it was his intention to fill the void left by earlier books, while not wanting to present a tiresome catalogue of dates and particulars. He finally produced a history of which all who first studied it a century ago must have felt suitably pleased. On completion of the serialisation of ‘Bygone Ashton-under-Lyne’ in 1909 it had been the intention to produce the work as a book. However, with the early death of its author the project never reached maturity until 90 years later. In 1999 Hoyd Publications in marking the new millennium published a short print run of ‘Bygone Ashton’ in book form. In 2009 to mark the centenary of Samuel Hill’s death the book was again made newly available. * Over 185 pages of text with illustrations including several by the author. HOYD PUBLISHING once again give you the opportunity of owning this fine work
Price: 5.50 GBP
Medieval Ashton, The Black Lad, The town’s famous Black Knight and the much loved Black Knight Pageants. The Knight Rides Out is an absorbing journey back in time to explore and examine part of Ashton's heritage. The various theories and ideas behind the legend of the Black Knight - from pagan rituals to the evil doings of Sir Ralph de Assheton - are all looked at. From the once solemn Riding of the Black Lad with its brutal ending to the alcohol influenced parades of Victorian times. The Knight Rides Out brings these events alive culminating with the splendour and spectacle of the Black Knight Pageants.
Price: 5.50 GBP
This absorbing book traces the history of both the Market Hall and Market Ground at Ashton under Lyne and is a volume packed with facts spanning over hundreds of years, and is richly illustrated with many photographs. Find out what life was like for those very first traders and shoppers. Learn of the many characters that throughout time brought colour and life to the town. Read how the war years affected trading and how the town's people coped with their problems. Relive the period when the Saturday night market became an outing for the whole family and of the traders like Harry Gilbert, Sam the Pot Man, Finnerty and Entwistle all of whom became famous throughout the area. There is a whole new chapter covering the period from the books last publication in 1998 up to 2009. The devastation caused by the fire in 2004 is covered as too is the aftermath with the building and opening of the Phoenix Market and the subsequent rebuilding and repening of the original ancient hall. From its beginnings near to St.Michael's Square to its present town centre site, the market has always attracted attention, just as this enlightening and entertaining book will do as it reveals to you the story of one of the north's great markets.
Price: 10.00 GBP