Trough to be put back at a cost

A HISTORIC listed trough that was badly damaged when a car collided with it will be reinstalled this year – after its replacement was also wrecked.

The Correspondent has learned Tameside Council faces paying for the repairs after attempts to claim through the driver’s insurance failed.

And the fate of a transformer that stood behind it remains uncertain.

Now even its temporary replacement has been removed after it was smashed in the early hours of Saturday, August 21.

Audenshaw Trough prior to damage

That forced council workmen into a hasty clean-up operation as soil, plants and wood was left strewn all over the site.

The Grade II listed trough and transformer, which stood at the junction of Manchester Road and Audenshaw Road in Audenshaw, were badly damaged in an incident last May when a BMW mounted the pavement and collided with them.

It was initially unclear whether both would eventually be put back into place.

However, the granite horse and cattle drinking trough, which was left in several pieces, is currently with an ornamental stonemason and will be put back in the Autumn.

The cast iron electricity transformer, which sat behind it and which used to contain three lamps to direct trams during the days of the Manchester Corporation was also flattened and badly damaged.

It is not yet established whether that will be put back in.

According to Historic England, the polished Cornish granite trough was installed on behalf of Miss M Ashworth in 1879 as a rest stop at a time when both cattle and horses were still regular users of the public highways.

The front of it carries the inscription ‘the righteous man regardeth the life of his beast.’

In modern times, locals used it as a planter for flowers to brighten up the area with locals volunteering to maintain it.

Audenshaw councillor Oliver Ryan told The Correspondent: “It’s great news and I look forward to it coming back.”

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