“Blink and you’ll miss it” – that’s
commonly how the tiny village of Grotton is described as it is
probably one of the smallest villages in the Saddleworth area.
It does however, maintain a strong neighbourhood identity with a
thriving community centre, a successful Whit Friday brass band contest
whilst offering some picturesque areas of local countryside.
The village was once
home to its own station (located at the bottom of Station Road)
and even now the north platform it is still recognisable and forms
part of the pleasant linear park walk from Grotton to Springhead.
This station was positioned alongside the famous Delph Donkey railway
line as part of the L. & N.W.R. branch-line linking
Saddleworth with Oldham. And as well as the north platform, the
impressive Station House still survives today as a private residence
and retains much of its original character.
What really put Grotton
on the map as a village in its own right, was the opening of the
Grotton Lido in the 1930s, believed to be the biggest
open-air bathing pool in the country. It had a brief, but popular
existence, along with its 180ft long pool its facilities included
a water chute and a high diving board. A dance floor
and bandstand, on which the White Star Dance Band would play on
Tuesday and Saturday evenings, completed its ensemble of popular features. Sadly, adverse weather and the onset
of the Second World War brought about its closure. The only evidence remaining that these attractions existed is Lido House; occupying what was once part of the open-air
swimming pool site is now a sheltered housing residence opposite
the Grotton Hotel.