High Street Culture
Find out what’s coming up in our four-year programme of cultural activity across England's High Streets Heritage Action Zones, continuing until 2024.
This community-led scheme will transform the heart of Tyldesley by reviving shop fronts, encouraging start-ups to take up spaces and inspiring continued sensitive development in the area.
Tyldesley is a town located in the borough of Wigan, 12 miles from Manchester. The area was mostly rural until the 19th century, and grew into a colliery town during the Industrial Revolution.
Tyldesley features a Conservation Area with seven listed buildings, with the centre of the town lying between the market square and Top Chapel.
The High Street Heritage Action Zone focuses on Elliott Street, the single main route running through Tyldesley, which is believed to follow the route of a previous Roman road.
Tyldesley's scheme is the only community-led scheme in the North West. For Tyldesley CIC (Community Interest Company) is delivering a four-year programme of building repairs, community engagement and cultural programming. For Tyldesley CIC is proud to have the local community and young people at the heart of the scheme.
With £1.8 million government funding, delivered through Historic England, the High Street Heritage Action Zone will transform Tyldesley's Conservation Area. For Tyldesley CIC plan to refurbish and restore locally significant buildings such as Frank's café and will also produce a shop-front design guide to inspire the continued sensitive development of Elliott Street.
There is also a range of cultural events planned which will make strong connections with past traders and local legends from up and down Elliott Street, inspired both by the heritage crafts once found here but also by the more quirky memories that have passed into local lore. These community events will also support and illustrate the great independent traders that currently make up Tyldesley high street.
Below you can find just some of the progress being made in the Tyldesley High Street Heritage Action Zone. For more, follow us on Twitter @HistoricEngland.
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