I live several miles from Ashton Under Lyne (East Manchester). All parts of Manchester and Salford have a rich Industrial Revolution history. I was surprised to find some mention of Saga related topics in a small museum though! Longbows from Longdendale and even the Norman influence on the area.
Well worth a visit for a couple of hours! Social and Industrial history of the area and a nice little cafe all next to the canal junction. Here’s the link to the area … <link>