New book focuses on Saddleworth’s past

A NEW window on Saddleworth’s past is set to open with publication of a book of photographs taken by former resident Colin Fox.The images, in black and white as well as colour, were taken between 1955 and 1966 and provide a nostalgic reminder of the area for new and long-standing residents.

Who remembers Dovestone without its reservoir? Jack Lumb’s newsagents shop in Uppermill? And trains stopping at Saddleworth station?

The pictures of Colin, who ran a hardware shop in Greenfield until 1983, have been put together by sons, Michael and Peter Fox.

The book costs £7.95 and is available from Saddleworth Museum. All proceeds go to Saddleworth Museum.

Brothers Michael and Peter say in the book’s introduction: “It is fortunate Colin was most active in pursuing his hobby of taking photographs in the district between between the mid 1950s and the mid 1960s.“This was a time when very few others were doing likewise. He possessed the foresight to direct his camera at those ordinary, everyday locations and events that typify a period but so often go unrecorded and it is in this that the true value of his pictures as historical and social records, lies.

“Without these images our knowledge of how the Saddleworth of around 60 years ago looked would be so much poorer.

“The authors are confident the reader will enjoy this rich and personal evocation of an often neglected time in Saddleworth’s past.”


Michael and Peter have kindly provided a signed copy of Saddleworth in Camera, 1955-1966 for a competition prize.

To win answer the question below and email your answers to or
writte to Trevor Baxter, Units 3-4, 45 High Street, Uppermill, Saddleworth OL3 6HS.

Please supply contact phone number or email.

Entries should reach us by close of business on Friday, December 13, 2019.
Work to build Dove Stone reservoir began in which year?

A) 1950 B) 1960 C) 1970.

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