Monday, 18 April 2022

Church Bank, Sowerby Bridge

 Church Bank is a cobbled road that was once one of the main routes down the hillside connecting with Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge. Now a hidden away pedestrian route with access from Wharf Street available to cars but blocked from Church View - Sunnybank Street, offering only access to pedestrians and cyclists. The roads status as a access route to Wharf Street ended in the 1950's when Tuel Lane was extended and the Rochdale Canal filled in, around this time some local authority housing was built on the Church Bank hillside and the road was closed to thru traffic.

About a quarter of the way up the hill is Orrell House, which occupies a plot of land between Church Bank and Grange Place, the house was once used as a doctors surgery but has been a private residence for a number of years.

These pictures were taken on the 10 April 2022 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera, they can also be seen full size, resolution and un-watermarked on Clickasnap.

Taken from the bottom of Church Bank, with Wharf Street behind me, Orrell House
is largely hidden from view to the right of the picture.

Taken from the top of Church Bank, Sunnybank Street behind me and Church
View to my right. Christ Church can be seen in the centre of the image.

About half way up or down, Church View can be seen to the left.

Looking down with Wharf Street Visible, Orrell House is
hidden behind the wall to my left.

Again about half way up or down depending on your perspective,
it's hard to believe this was once a busy route in to town.

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