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"G" is for "Gateway" and today's photo shows the gateway that was once the entrance to the Ladysmith Barracks, Mossley Road, Ashton.
The area behind the gateway is now a housing estate but it was the site of the barracks of the Manchester Regiment. The barracks opened in 1843, moving from a smaller site on Crickets Lane at a time of civil unrest when it was felt better to move the soldiers away from the town. The barracks were renamed Ladysmith Barracks to commemorate the part the Manchester Regiment played in the Siege of Ladysmith in the Boer War. The barracks occupied an extensive site going back as far as the present Rose Hill School. The barracks closed in 1963 but the Army Pay Corps buildings occupied the northern part of the site until 2002.
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