Keeping Our Town Tidy

morrisons-spillageFailsworth is a charming little UK town and needs no introduction for those who live in greater Manchester and the environs. It is but a stone’s throw away at 6 kilometers from the city center. It is easy to reach and a joy to visit. However, given the attraction to tourists, we want the place to look tidy and rubbish free. We do a bit of pruning and clearing to keep up appearances. Not surprisingly, a bit of housekeeping is in order in many areas to keep things looking pristine. You can’t really go around with a cordless vacuum to the clean up the streets, but you can watch where you toss your refuse of the day. Let no man find a piece of trash, an abandoned cigarette, a paper coffee cup, or a tissue blowing in the wind.

This town in Lancashire has a rich history beginning with its agricultural days at the time of its founding way back in 1200. It grew beyond farming over time into three distinct hamlets, adding weaving and textile manufacturing to its revenue stream. Along came the Industrial Revolution and the road to urbanization was well trod indeed. The booming mill town produced goods from the new large redbrick plants. Now it is known for hat-making and silk weaving as an offshoot of the former main town trade. Cotton spinning is also to be found which, with the other industries, keeps the town alive.

If you google Failsworth you no doubt will get articles on the regional hats. The headwear is casual or formal. The town supplies the world by email request with a range of toppers in old world styles going back to 1903. There is nothing quite as distinctive worldwide. The proud company is known as having “an unquestionable heritage and an eye on the future.” Visitors relish viewing displays of fine workmanship and attention to detail. They are perfect for anyone from the avant-garde to the man in the street. You can opt for trendy new versions or the traditional felt. Fabric is always in high demand.

While it once had a population of 14,000 in 1901, now it is a thriving town known for its landmark Failsworth Pole, actually a maypole on the site of previous political poles of note. It is also home to Daisy Nook a lovely country park that we also like to keep clean as a whistle to show off its luxuriant expanse. People who have pride in their town know not to clutter and therefore mar the green vistas. It is a wonder of tidiness and tending.

There are some picturesque village woodhouses along the eastern boundary of the town and some have even housed noted poets and writers like Benjamin Brierley, born and bred in Failsworth in the late 1820’s. The town also boasts a town hall and cemetery. You can wander amid tombs and well-cared-for (i.e. clean) patches as you see fit. If you like canals, find the Oldham Canal near the eastern border and the Rochdale at the northwest.