Guide Bridge

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Guide Bridge
St Stephens Church, Guide Bridge (geograph 1687603).jpg
St Stephen's Church, Guide Bridge
Guide Bridge is located in Greater Manchester
Guide Bridge
Guide Bridge
Guide Bridge shown within Greater Manchester
Population 1,659 (2001 census)[1]
• Density 15.99 hm2
OS grid reference SJ924976
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ashton-under-Lyne
Postcode district OL7
Dialling code 0161
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°28′30″N 2°06′50″W / 53.475°N 2.114°W / 53.475; -2.114Coordinates: 53°28′30″N 2°06′50″W / 53.475°N 2.114°W / 53.475; -2.114

Guide Bridge is an area of Ashton-under-Lyne,[2] in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester, England. Historically a part of Lancashire, Guide Bridge formed as a village built around an eponymous bridge over the Ashton Canal and lies west of the town of Ashton-under-Lyne.


Map of the railways around Guide Bridge junction in 1912

Industries included Scott & Hodgson Ltd which had an engine shop near Guide Bridge railway station. In later years it was occupied by "Arnfields", makers of Mono-Pumps. Guide Bridge is located on the Ashton Canal, and later on the Sheffield, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Manchester Railway. These were used for the transportation of raw materials and the delivery of parts of the finished engines. Guide Bridge was the home of the Jones Sewing Machine Company.


Since the Reform Act 1832, Guide Bridge has been represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom as part of the Ashton-under-Lyne parliamentary constituency. The constituency was initially represented in the House of Commons by members of the Liberal Party until a period of Conservative Party dominance in the late 19th century. Since 1935, the constituency has been under Labour Party control. The member of parliament since 2001 has been David Heyes.[3]

The Conservative Party, which has enjoyed a steady rise in the constituency since 2001, while still being outstripped by the Labour Party which has seen a even bigger rise in votes in the constituency since 2010, is represented in Guide Bridge by the Guide Bridge Conservative Club.[4]


It is served by Guide Bridge railway station which also serves as a railway junction.

At the centre of Guide Bridge is St. Stephen's Church and St Stephen's Church of England Primary School.

Guide Bridge is home to the Guide Bridge Theatre, formerly the Ashton and Audenshaw Repertory Club, which opened on 29 July 1972.[5]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics (2001). "Tameside 013C (Lower Layer Super Output Area): Key Statistics". 2001 Census. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Greater Manchester Gazetteer, Greater Manchester County Record Office, Places names - G to H, archived from the original on 18 July 2011, retrieved 12 February 2011 
  3. ^ The Guardian. "Ashton under Lyne". Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Guide Bridge Conservative Club. "Home". Guide Bridge Conservative Club official website. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Guide Bridge Theatre. "The Theatre's History". Guide Bridge Theatre Online. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 

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