Love your site, I look at it at least once a week when I need my nostalgia
I don't suppose you know where I could get a picture of a shop in Eccles---it
is now Wilkinsons, I can remember it as Woolworth's (a picture of that
would be superb).....but what I really need is a picture of it when it
was a butchers shop, owned by George Gibson and generations of his family.
I await your reply with hope.
Keep up the good work.
Ps, My "neck of the words was in-between Hope Hospital (where I was
born) and Ladywell Hospital.
I left Salford in 1960
of the area within the boundaries of the City of Salford, a good place
to turn to is the local history library, part of the Library and Art Gallery,
next to the university.
The Cliff Broughton.
Dear Aidan .
Further to the recollections of Nigel Day, Cllr Jim King and yourself.
Let me add to the story.
During the late 40's and early 50's I and a couple of chums used to pass
this area whilst going to school via Broom Lane.
As it has not been mentioned I can only assume that the building to which
I shall refer has met its fate either by demolition or sliding over the
Whilst only half the width of Great Clowes Street remained and the number
17 bus had to divert by turning right at Cowes Garage and go down Knoll
Street to pick up Great Clowes Street a building still stood opposite
My recollection was that it was old and Victorian in style and left to
We used to climb over the wall separating the Bury New Road pavement
with the property.
The frontage faced away from the road and provided wonderful views of
the racecourse. There was what remained of a paved area forming a patio
most of which had gone over the edge. I cannot recall the building in
detail, after all 50 years have passed and as we never broke in can only
assume that the front was permanently open, but I do recall passing through
a hallway into a rear room which had two French doors which in turn led
into a conservatory type area which had a glass roof over the far end.
What stays in my mind, however, was the fact that the three walls looked
like they had been carved out of a cliff face and consisted of large rocks
out of which grew ferns and tropical type plants surviving probably by
rain water coming in through the glass roof above.
The rubble down below the cliff may possibly now be all that remains
of this lost building
Going north up Bury New Road and turning off at Radford Street you could
look across and see the cliff with the River Irwell slicing away at the
I wonder how many others like us explored this building and came across
this very unusual room.
- can anyone out there shed any light?
I was just wondering if you found anything out about St Benedicts Church.
I asked if you had heard anything about a Mosque being built on the site
a while ago.?. I lived in the street opposite the church in Marple Street
which has all been pulled down and rebuilt. I was married there in 1960.
I have found a few of my "old' friends from the area thro' "In
Touch" which is really great. I have been in Australia for 33 years
and it is lovely to be in touch with neighbours and school friends after
40-odd years. Maybe you could do an article in the near future of Ardwick
which would bring back some memories. Thanks again for your wonderful
site, It is smashing looking at all your photo's.
Eunice Ryder nee Horsfield.
- Ardwick is a place I remember from my childhood - passing through it
on the bus to Stockport. Also my mother worked at Trafford Warehouses
on Devonshire Street, later Great Universal Stores. Can anyone give any
information about St Benedicts church?
When going for a much needed pint of real ale at Manchester's finest ale
bar the City Arms on Kennedy St. that demolition work had commenced on
the group of listed buildings further down that street.
These have been empty for nearly 20yrs. and involved in numerous planning
disputes, the most recent with a decision from John Prescott refusing
permission for an out of scale office block.
Is this demolition by the back door, now that the buildings have become
unsafe through constant weather erosion I wonder ? whatever the case maybe
it is yet another worrying trait of the city council and their policy
to strive towards the new whilst happily sacrificing the old.
be - I will keep an eye on this site - I notice Kennedy street is still
blocked off while work is carried out on these buildings.
Hi Aidan: I used to live at 341 Chapel Street, until we were bombed out
when the Salford Royal Hospital was bombed. It was their own fault, they
always left the operating theatre lights on in the blitz. So we were right
across the road from the hospital, and we were under the stairs in our
old house, not being able to get to the air raid shelter, in I believe
St Philips church. Is that right next to the Hospital? We used to use
the crypt with all the old coffins pushed into side pockets to make room
for us. I went to school at St Mary's, across the street, and behind the
Cathedral. Is the school still there?? Perhaps if you could put the street
numbers onto the photo's it could help me to relate, after all it was
in 1941. Thanks Aidan, Frank Hadland
I can only take a small sample of what's there. I'll bear in mind your
request to provide street numbers. Not sure if St Mary's is still there
- can anyone help?
CHAPEL STREET, SALFORD & DUKINFIELD TOWN HALL
Thank you so much for your feature on Chapel Street, Salford. I worked
at Salford Royal Hospital in the 1960s and, in fact, met my husband there.
We have fond memories of the building, the area around it and the lovely
people we worked with. SRH was much the preferred hospital, both for treatment
and as a workplace, simply because of its small size [about 235 beds]
and cosy feeling - Hope Hospital, even then, being enormous by comparison
and rather impersonal.
wartime bombing of the hospital destroyed the part of the building most
distant from Adelphi Street and it was there that a number of nurses were
killed. There was a memorial plaque to commemorate them on the wall facing
onto Chapel Street and when the hospital closed I wrote to the Chief Executive
of Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust to suggest that the plaque be removed
and re-sited at Hope Hospital, but I think it is still in situ at SRH.
Actually, I don't really mind that as I guess that is its rightful place.
You also mention, in another part of your latest update, about Dukinfield
Town Hall being used for the administration of Tameside Borough. This
isn't strictly correct as the administration is handled at the council
offices in Ashton under Lyne. Dukinfield Town Hall houses the register
office for the Borough, but this only happened after the reorganisation
of the boundaries in 1974. Prior to that, each of the 9 towns had its
own registration facility. I was married at Hyde Register Office, situated
in Clarendon Place, in 1965. Not many people who formerly belonged to
the individual towns recognise the Borough of Tameside and, indeed, neither
does the post office - the correct postal addresses being Hyde, Gtr Manchester,
or Dukinfield, Gtr Manchester etc. Neither do we recognise Greater Manchester.
I certainly, as a Hydonian [albeit in exile in the north east], will always
belong to Hyde, Cheshire!
Just a thought! Again, many many thanks for your pages and your photographs
- they are a wonderful blessing.
Royal Hospital is special for a lot of people. I think it's good that
it is now going to be used for residential purposes. As for Hyde being
in Cheshire, you've touched on an important issue there. Actually, as
far as I'm aware, the correct postal address for Hyde is Cheshire. For
post office purposes, Greater Manchester doesn't exist. If you look for
addresses on listings websites, you'll find that Manchester is in Lancashire.
As for Tameside, they are the only local authority to list the 10 constituent
towns on their website, council vehicles and other publicity channels.
Donald Wigley I liked your daffodil quiz but as I haven't been around
Manchester for many years now so I had no luck in recognising the locations.
However, I cheated and looked at your picture labels! This quiz caused
me to recollect, as your pictures so often do and I wondered if you had
any pictures of the old Wakden Town Hall and the adjoining Technical School.
I attended the latter in the late 1930's and look back very fondly on
that time as the location of both buildings were in a park setting and
were quite handsome buildings to boot. I gather both are now demolished
but I don't know if the park expanded to encompass the sites or if some
modern "economically acceptable" buildings were erected in their place.
Any comments Regards D.Wigley
as it happens, I do have a picture of the old Walkden Town Hall - being
demolished in September 1999. My friend Peter Cannon used to live near
there and alerted me to the demolition. I think the site is now used as
a car park.
just wanted to tell you that I left Manchester 10 years ago July 2nd
and now finding your pictures just brought my whole child hood back to
me and how much I miss it so much.
I live out here in California in a place called Huntington Beach about
40 miles south of L A along the coast. I grew in Blackley in a place called
Dam Head Estate. It was once a milk farm years and years ago. If you have
any pics of that area I would love to see them. You should try contacting
ex pats over here in the U S ! I went to school at North Manchester for
Boys but I hear that might be all gone now.
Wow that school has been there for nearly 100 years! how sad if its true.
you might get a lot of emails but I hope I hear some thing from you....all
the best and thank you for all the hard work . know that you have made
me very happy and home sick. I have not been home once in the 10 years
being away! thank you so much.....Darren...ps here's a pic of this old
public school boy doing what he has always wanted...fly!
have a dream job in California, and yet you are homesick for the Dam Head
Estate! It just goes to show how attached we can be to our roots, no matter
how well we prosper in other parts of the world. I went to the Dam Head
estate recently, but I was reluctant to take out my camera due to the
aggressive-looking youths who were hanging out on the street corners.
I hope to get up there again some time soon.
David Rayner in Stoke-on-Trent
I hope that it's not too late for you to include on your upcoming Readers
Messages pages this request for some information concerning my Cheadle
Heath childhood of fifty years ago, when my name was David Welsh. Having,
in 1954, been dragged away from Stockport at such an early age (only seven
and a half), and losing touch with many people in the process, that part
of my past contains a couple of mysteries that I would dearly love to
find the answers to. When I lived at 1, Eva Road, there were two local
teenage girls (today, I'd say they were about 13 or 14), who were friends
of the family. They used to babysit me and look after me and take me places
with them on many occasions. I can still see their faces in my memory,
but I cannot recall their names. All I am sure of is that, whoever they
were, they thought the world of me. I often wonder where they are now
and if they ever think of me and wonder whatever became of me. Does anyone
reading this know who these young girls were?
The second great mystery of this period concerns the identity of the middle
aged lady and the teenage girl who kept calling for me at 1, Eva Road,
and taking me on the bus to Stockport station and then on a train to Ashton-under-Lyne.
We had no relatives in Ashton-under-Lyne, yet these people were well known
to the family and kept taking me there for some reason. They were very
kind to me and always made a big fuss of me. Again, does anyone reading
this know who they were? It's highly unlikely that the middle aged lady
is still with us, but the girl, who was perhaps 12 or 13 at the time (1953)
may well be still alive. Any information on these four people would be
Yours Sincerely, David.
anyone out there help? It's amazing how well we remember the people from
our childhood. One of the people I remember most from my days at Our Lady's
primary school in Edgeley is Mrs O'Gara - not a teacher but a caretaker
and assistant. I remember in first year infants I was building a tower
with wooden bricks and she came in and said 'That's a lovely tower Aidan'.
I also remember fellow pupils Gary Duignan, Mary West, Beverley Beckett,
Andrew Staverdale, John Brennan, Simon Crewdson, Julie Dawson, Paula Hill,
John Horbach, Patricia - can't remember her second name. Sadly a daughter
of Mrs O'Gara was killed in the Lockerbie incident. Mrs O'Gara still travels
to America to visit her family there, my mother tells me.
Dear Aidan, Could you possibly announce the publication of our new book
in your Readers' News summary? Gorton, the second selection of photographs,
has just come out in the Images of England series by Tempus Publishing
company. It was compiled by Frank Rhodes and Jill Cronin and costs £11.99.
It is available from all good bookshops or from the authors plus postage
of £1. Thank you very much, Jill Cronin
fantastic compilation of photos and information - I've not seen it yet,
but I have no hesitation in recommending it very highly! Thanks Jill for
your fantastic work on local history.
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