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This is a nice village of varying housing styles built around the 'hub' that once was a pub, butchers, grocers, Post Office, church and school, which was built in 1848 as a Sunday School which was called Greenmount, thus naming the village. Now it is a different story, with government cut-backs and out-of-town shopping, the 'hub' is now a pub painted in disgusting colours and a butchers shop. The pub, the Bulls Head, is very busy and offers a lovely 'pay then help yourself' roast on a Sunday, with lots of free parking. The school is gone, as is the Post Office. The church stands as picturesque as ever, though any photographer has to avoid getting the pub in the picture. unless using black and white film.

I always think a nice way to view Greenmount is to stand on Turton Road, across the valley. Around where Berry's Nursery once stood, just up around the bend from Woodstock Road. This way, you can see the distinctive yellow-brick building of Hollymount, built as an exclusive school for Young Gentlemen, now a Catholic Primary School. Then over the golf club to the soaring spire of Greenmount Church. This way, you can also see Tower Farm, built in 1840 by Joshua Knowles. It was a heavy-horse stable with farm-hand lodgings originally, with a wonderful, crenelated water-tower but is now converted into flats.

You can also see the wind farm on the moor beyond Turn Village, near 'Owd Betts. The people who build these things say they are 'aesthetic' and the planners allow them over all objections. If they are so aesthetic, why not put them on top of Saint Paul's Cathedral, the BT Tower, Buckingham Palace and maybe the Liver Building in Liverpool. Surely, such aesthetic beasts would add to the view of these cities, as it is said to add to the view of our moors.

The largest house in the village is not a nice old stone dwelling, but a newly-built brick place reminiscent of a spread in some chav 'celebrity' magazine, commissioned by a local businessman.

The Bury to Holcombe Brook railway line, which is now a path for walkers, cyclists and horses ends in the village. The line beyond is built-up right through to Holcombe Brook.

The beautiful church with a tall, full steeple stands on Holcombe Road. It was founded in 1844 and in 1972 this Congregational church joined with the English Presbyterian Church to become the United Reformed Church. I personally think the word 'church' was overused in that sentence!

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