Is this a footbridge that leads to Collyhurst from an area
called Barney's Tip.
In my childhood I grewup in Cheetham Hill, but I went to
school at Saint John's, Livesey St, Collyhurst. To save pocket
money I would walk over that bridge (86 steps if I remember)
back to Cheetham. Great picture
Chris Bertram Sadly
now living down under in New Zealand
this is the footbridge you used to cross. A few people still use
it, though it's a lonely and negected place nowadays - it would
be easy to fall down those steps, they're so delapidated. It's great
to hear the personal associations you have with this location. See
also the message from Steve C.T.I.D.
at the bottom of this page.
Hi Aidan, I have just done the tour of Manchester on your
bike ride, thank you for the lovely picture of the lake and
swans at Clowes Park, [Broughton Park area] it brought back
many happy memories, of my childhood collecting frogs from
the stream leading into the lake, and my mother having hysterics
when I took them home.
The church with the spire shown in that area, I attended
several times probably in the very early 1950"s, but I cannot
remember the name, it had a lot of beautiful stone work.
Aidan you put a lot of effort into this web site, thank you
Regards Hilda [Allan] Christou.
for your comments. I'll soon be updating the article about this
church, so please keep checking the latest pictures. I'll also be
continuing my bike ride round the City of Manchester. Very glad
the photos jogged your childhood memories.
Aidan: By accident I came across your website and photos.
I had been looking for any information I could find about
Manchester because I have several relatives who were christened
at the Cathedral in 1820 and 1848.
Do you know if this Cathedral is still standing and if there
is a website that would show a picture of it? I live in the
US and will probably never be able to come to England. I have
to say from your photos that Manchester looks like a beautiful
place to live and visit. So much history!! You've done a great
for your message and positive comments. Unfortunately, the way the
current redevelopment of Manchester is being handled, soon there
may not be very much history left.
I do know of a website where you'll find pictures of Manchester
Cathedral - it's this one, Eyewitness in Manchester!
Hi, The aerial photo you could not identify is Hyde. The
Peak Forest canal is at the top of the photograph and below
Needham's works is the Manchester-Marple railway line. Hyde
fire station is in the centre and the straight road running
left to right is Great Norbury Street with Croft Street running
down the left hand side of the picture. On the centre right
of the picture is the now demolished Greenfield Street school
and to the left of that is a car park which used to be Boardman
Street, where my Grandma lived. Mike Brierley
Aidan, Further to my last message and after having let the
mother check the image I'd like to make a couple of corrections.
Greenfield Street School is not visible on the photo, it is/was
just off the right edge. What I thought was the school is
a modern development. Boardman Street is still there, on the
very edge of the pic at its junction with Great Norbury Street.
The yellowy car park does however contain the side of the
street where my grandmother's house used to be.
for your message - as ever, I love hearing peoples' personal associations
with places, whether viewed from street level or, as here, from
Hi I used to live in Manchester - Moston in fact. I lived in Moston
Cottage Moston Bottoms, do you know of it or remember it?
It was also the MOSTONBROOK ANIMAL SANCTUARY, it was torn apart
by yobs after we were forced out by the council in 1996. If you
have any photos of it or that area I would love to see them.
My full name is HAZEL WILKINSON WRIGHT, although now I have to
live in west Wales, I do so miss my beloved city, and I do write
about it often.
I am a writer and a poet I was so pleased to find you on the web.
All the best HAZEL WILKINSON-WRIGHT
don't know Moston Bottoms - does anyone have connections with it?
Hi Aidan, Lynda Jones here in Adelaide,South Australia. I
wrote you a while back, after recognising the flight path
photos near Manchester Airport. Just a query, if you can help.
There was/is a cinema in Northenden, just off Princess Parkway.
A large cinema with impressive frontage. I've been trying
for weeks to remember the name, as it has great memories for
me, but cannot for the life of me remember. It could have
been pulled down by now, or used for something else.
The cinema was still there in 1969 just before I emigrated
to Australia. Do you possibly know the name of this cinema?
Regards, Lynda Jones
cinema is, or was, called The Forum, and it's now a Jehovah's
Witnesses Assembly Hall. It was built in 1934 and had a Wurlitzer
organ. The Jehovah's Witnesses have renovated it and maintained
it very well. I never went to this cinema myself, but some friends
of mine used to live very close to here on Beech Avenue.
Hi Aidan Hello again, thought you might like this photo of
the inside of Manchester Ice Palace, My Father Charles Usher
spraying water on the rink between Skating sessions some time
in the fifties
Cheers Tony Usher
Hi Aiden, Thanks for the photo's of Manchester Ice Palace,
I spent many happy hours there when it was an Ice Rink.
My Father, Charlie Usher, was the Door Man or Commissionaire
as he liked to be called for many years before and after the
War, so of course it cost me nothing to skate most days after
school and Saturday afternoon, then as I got older Monday,
Thursday and Saturday nights too,
| My Granddad also a Charlie Usher,
worked for many years in the skate hire shop and his home was
the converted Police Station next door, My Brother Clive was
a skating instructor at the rink and was the youngest instructor
in the UK at the time, My Mother Florence Usher also worked
some times in the cloak room, so Aiden thanks again for the
photo of my second home !!.
I would love to hear from any old friends who I use to skate
with, Frank Whalen, David Missel, Barbara Coverdale etc. please
e-mail me or write to Tony and Sylvia Usher 62 Fenton Crescent,
Minto, New South Wales, Australia 2566
Cheers Tony Usher
anyone in the street about Manchester Ice Palace, and practically
no-one will have heard of it. It's a part of 'lost Manchester'
- good title for a book that.
Just been looking at your bike tour around the border of
Manchester and Salford, as always very interesting,
I nearly saw the street I spent all my childhood, Heath Street
Cheetham Hill, I did see "The Half Way House" where my Dad
spent most Sunday lunch times playing Crib' it also made me
think of your piece on Cinemas as Cheetham Hill and Cheetham
in the forties and fifties had six Cinemas as I recall,
Starting at the end of Cheetham Hill there was "The
Globe" known to the locals as " The
Bug Hut " then there was" The
Shakespeare" on Halliwell Lane ",The
Greenhill " on Cheetham Hill Road opposite "The
I wonder how many of your readers went to the ABC
Minors on a Saturday Morning? Further down was "The
Temple" then "the Odeon
" All gone now I expect.
Thanks Once again for all your hard work, it's great for
all us expats, Cheers from a Sunny but cool Sydney Australia.
Tony and Sylvia Usher. PS. it was so cold this morning we
had to put the gas fire on
Once again you have revived memories of my Manchester life,
although it does seem as if it was lived by another and not
I remember the Ice Palace in Derby Street, I used to go there
most Saturday afternoons, when we weren't going to a Matinee
at the pictures.
I wonder if anyone else remembers the
Greenhill, now an Asian grocers on Cheetham Hill Road,
or a cinema, name of which escapes me, on Halliwell Lane,
which became the first supermarket in the Hightown/Cheetham
Also another which was just off Cheetham Hill Road in the
Village, and which was known affectionally as the
bug hut, or the Premier
on the corner of Albyns Avenue and Cheetham Hill Road,and
the Odeon further down on Cheetham
Or for that matter, the Temple,not
far from the Odeon? I've seen
many a picture at them all. I'm still a great film fan, here
in Melbourne. Oh my, am I wallowing in nostalgia!
Thanks once again, Aidan, you make my past seem like yesterday,
and longing for the old days!
to both of your for your messages - there is a remarkable amount
of concurrence between these two descriptions - amazing. You both
have a similar version of Cheetham Hill in your heads which, I fear,
is a very different place to Cheetham Hill today
I am a Canadian living on the Pacific Coast of Canada.
When I was in my early teens I was sent to school in Heaton Moor
from Saskatchewan for a few years. That was before they invented
the term culture shock but I am sure I experienced it.
Re skating at the Ice Palace, I presume that there is or was only
one Ice Palace in Manchester. If that is the case, I went skating
there with an Aunt of mine a few times in 1938/39. I'm guessing
at the timing but that has to be close to right era. --
Donald A Child
that sounds about right - a long time ago, but I'm sure it's still
fresh in your mind!
AIDAN FIRST OF ALL THE 'AVENUE' CINEMA DISAPEARED SEVERAL YEARS
AGO. THE SITE IS NOW A QUICK SAVE FOOD STORE.
THE CINEMAS IN MIDDLETON ARE (WERE), THE PALACE AT THE TOWN CENTER
OPPOSITE MIDDLETON GARDENS (NOW LONG GONE) THE EMPIRE CINEMA WAS
ON CORPORATION STREET, BOTH SITES NOW NOW DERELICT BUILDINGS.
THE THIRD CINEMA IN MIDDLETON WAS THE VICTORY ON WOOD STREET, IT
WAS ABOUT 50 YARDS UP ON THE RIGHT FROM THE BANK.
DEREK PARR EX MIDDLETON AND STILL A FREQUENT VISITOR
It would be nice to have old photographs of these cinemas - I'm
working on it!
Dear Mr. O'Rourke
As a Mancunian, born and bred in Blackley, schooled at Plant Hill,
now residing in Kelowna, Canada. I would like to thank you for posting
the photo's of my beloved hometown. It was like walking down memory
lane, especially as I used to be an ex-Salford bus inspector from
the now defunct Frederick Rd. bus depot.
Last time I was over there, I purchased a book from Salford Museum,
called "Salford As It Was". It would be interesting comparing
how it was then to how it is now. I bet in a lot of cases, there
would be very little difference. In fact I would venture to suggest
that might be a good idea for a book, famous sites of Manchester
& Salford, as it was then and how it is now.
I would have also liked to have seen a photo of the cinama at Victoria
Ave in the cinema section. I do hope that you are also going to
preserve in photo's Maine Rd. football ground, before Manchester
City leave it.
Thank you once again for the memories.
now that you mention it, I must take photos of Maine Road ground.
I'll be passing Victoria Avenue soon, so I'll try and include the
cinema, and I'm working on a 'Then and Now' idea. Thanks for your
message and all the best.
Hi Aidan, I loved taking a look at all the photographs of the cinema's
in and around Manchester, but what about the Rialto Cinema, on Bury
New Road, Salford.
I was born and brought up in Hilton Street, right next to the Rialto,
so this place has lots of memories for me and my siblings. Last
time I was home, last November, I think one of my sisters mentioned
that they were maybe going to restore the cinema, which I think
is a wonderful idea, as many of these old buildings are being torn
down and what is being put up in their places, are cold structures
with no character at all, anyway, I need to get off my band wagon
I just wanted to thank you, as always for such a marvelous job
of keeping me informed of the goings on in Manchester.
I love your pictures and all the information you bring to my world
here in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
am very sorry to have to inform you that the Rialto Cinema has become
another victim of the demolition man's hammer. Like the Devonshire
Pub in Longsight, it is to be replaced by a fast food outlet, McDonalds,
I think. I include a picture of the site, taken July 2000. The way
things are going, Manchester will have very little to distinguish
it from other cities within a few years, so we might as well all
move to Milton Keynes.
Have really enjoyed the article on the M/c Salford boundaries cycle
trip and now the one of the cinemas, We did live for a short time
down Langworthy Rd. many years ago, and my husband lived at Sutton
flats as a child,
We are sad that the Ambassador is to be demolished, but last time
we saw it 3 years ago it was looking sad and lonely, and run down,
most of the cinemas I knew as child /young woman in Swinton/Pendlebury
have already gone, think only the former Ellesmere is still there,
but not as a movie place, as a restaurant I think.
Did print the cycle trip for for family to read, and for me to
keep, will now also print the cinemas one as well.
Thanks for all the great stuff you do.
you like it! I don't think the Ambassador is looking so sad that
it couldn't be renovated for a new use. The former Central Station
was in a terrible state, but look at it now as G-MEX.
Hi Aidan Please include this message on your pages.
My wife and I emigrated to Perth WA 12 months ago ( at the age
of 50). Yes it was scary.
still in the UK I taught literally hundreds of people at Salford
100 Venture to set up their own business. I'm doing , amongst other
things , the same in OZ.
Anybody who was on the courses at Salford 100 I would be pleased
to hear from.
You may be pleased to know that today it's raining, sorry it's
just stopped and its clear blue skies again, we do have a winter
-Keith and Marilyn Littler
heard about those Australian winters - sometimes it gets so cold
you have to switch on the heating, so I'm told. Our winters here
in Manchester have become milder in recent years. Here's a wintry
dusk view of Salford to remind you of home.
Here's another idea for you.
building plot available???
The City of Manchester should suggest that Man U should change
its name to Stretford United.
Or that Manchester might as well be called Miles Platting because
of all the divide-and-rule gerrymandering keeps the wider city diminished,
underepresented, and poor, without a mayor and without a GMA. I
imagine some rumblings of home rule and the Lothian question would
help, along with a mention of the Oxbridge elite and the Daresbury
lab and Rolls Royce going south.
Alternatively the City could say its going to sell Heaton Park
for a private walled development.
say that too loud - someone in the (City of Manchester) Town Hall
might think selling Heaton Park is a good idea. Another thought
- As the local authority area 'City of Manchester' only takes in
part of the Greater Manchester conurbation, how about making this
fact clear by renaming it: "City of Lesser Manchester".
Aidan, I think I know that set of steps (I think)...
Are they the ones off Collyhurst St near HMG paints. They lead
over a piece of flat land where train tracks used to be to a travellers
site on the other side? I was there myself a few weeks ago and thought
they were intriguing.
back the other way there is a view of some empty, run down tower
blocks that I thought would also make a good photo.
Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me then and I haven't
been back since.BTW I'm not really a photographer but I do like
pictures of the seedier sites of Manchester.You took some photographs
of Trinty flats a while back at my request...Nice one bloke!
I keep meaning to get out and about on my bike with my Digicam
to take some pictures of my own.
Cheers Steve C.T.I.D.
they are the ones off Collyhurst Road - it's very seedy round there
- for me, that means 'interesting place to photograph'! This area
is rich in railway and industrial heritage, but is now one of Manchester's
many 'no go' areas, except for an adventurous few.
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