For Your Delectation and Delight

A history of the music halls and theatres of Ashton-under-Lyne



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.





Book size

7.72 x 10.63 inches.

Eleven Chapters ...

250 pages...

Fully illustrated.

Available from

Hari Market Newsagent - Stall 31 Ashton Market Hall.

Tameside Local Studies Library, Cotton Street East, Ashton.


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