Wednesday, 27 August 2014
ABC Wednesday: G is for Gerrards, Gee Cross
In the 17th century, opposite the end of Apethorn Lane was a small group of cottages known as Gerrards Fold.
The Ashton family farmed there before they embarked on the cotton trade in the district.
Towards the end of the 19th century the old fold was converted into a large Elizabethan style house known as "The Gerrards".
James Bradley lived there around 1905, Gladstone stayed there too as did a ghost. The now disgraced Stuart Hall once wanted to buy the property but the then owner refused him.
At the turn of the 21st century the house was demolished and replaced by three-storey modern town houses.
For an old photograph see the Hydonian blog.
A contribution to ABC Wednesday.