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Issue No 15 June-November 2004      FREE

Sharing Salford’s Fantastic Story
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                                     Welcome back to LifeTimes Link.
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         Collections Manager         Our second Local History Day, held last November, was another great success
                 Peter Ogilvie       thanks to all the societies, museums and others who came to ‘show off their
               0161 778 0825         wares’. The Mayor of Salford paid us a visit and spent a long time chatting to the
                                     people manning all the stalls. Music was provided by local folk-duo Hanky Park,
              Learning Officer       and children were kept busy by enthusiastic staff from our Library Service, so a
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                                     good time was had by all.
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                    Librarian,       good news is that you can now
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                Tim Ashworth         of Link and, at the time of writing,
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     Librarian, Working Class        to re-instate our popular Bulletin
            Movement Library         Board/Forum. It is also hoped the
                  Alain Kahan
                                     famous Ordsall Hall Museum ‘ghost-
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              Salford Museum         for Halloween. The city’s web site is
                 & Art Gallery       now one of the best local council web                 Folk-duo, Hanky Park, performing in Lark Hill Place.
                0161 736 2649        sites in the UK - that’s according to
                                     the results of the sixth annual survey,
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       walks, talks and other        Salford and Trafford councils, was                    Email:
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                                     contains images, facts and figures,
            and lots more about Trafford Park,                    The deadline for Issue No16 (Nov 2004
   - sign up to the mailing list     the Manchester Ship Canal, and the                    to April 2005) is 27th August 2004. We
    or have a look through the
                                     Bridgewater Canal. Have a look for                    must add that we cannot accept any
material they have. This site has
     recently been updated and was   yourself at                   responsibility for the loss or damage to
          re-launched in May 2004.                                                         contributor’s material - so if you want
                                                                                           us to copy original photographs, please       Cover photo: Langworthy Child Welfare Centre 9th
                                                                                           phone us first. We cannot guarantee
        -all about Trafford Park,    November 1951, with Mrs and Alderman
                                     V A Darley, Dr M Sproul, Senior Medical Officer for   publication of your material and reserve
      the Bridgewater Canal and
                                     Maternity and Child Welfare. (Salford Local           the right to edit any contributions we
          Manchester Ship Canal
                                     History Library)                                      do use.
Salford lads in the news
As one Salford lad bows out, three others                                                      Editorial              2
‘bow in’.                                                                                      Contributions          2
                                                                                               Useful contacts        2
Ordsall-born Alistair Cooke died at
the end of March, just a few weeks                                                             Salford Lads In
after announcing he would no longer                                                            The News               3
be broadcasting on Radio 4. He joined
the BBC as a film critic in 1934, and                                                          Poem                   3
presented ‘Letter from America’ from
1946 onwards.                                                                                  A Cadishead
                                                                                               Childhood              4-5
About his decision to retire, Cooke said:
‘Throughout 58 years I have had much                                                           Book Reviews           6
enjoyment in doing these talks and hope
that some of it has passed over to the                                                         Made in Salford -
listeners, to all of whom I now say thank     Christopher Eccleston on a visit to his old      Found All Over         7
you for your loyalty, and goodbye.’           school. (Courtesy of Joseph Eastham High
                                              School)                                          Ted’s Barber Shop      8-9
Stepping into the headlines about the
same time were Sir Peter Maxwell                                                               The Yemenis
Davies, Christopher Eccleston and                Poetry                                        of Eccles              10
Graham Nash.
                                                                                               Links Listings
Composer, Sir Peter, who was born in                                                           (Events, Exhibitions
1934, lived in Wyville Drive and attended                                                      Talks at 2)            11-14
Moorside Primary School, was appointed        Elsie Mullineux brought this poem to our
as the new Master of The Queen’s Music        attention. It had appeared in a reader’s         Northumberland
for a 10-year period. This is an honorary     letter in the Manchester Evening News            Street                 15
position traditionally conferred on a         in 1960. The reader had had it in his
                                              possession for over fifty years but the author
musician of distinction. Since the reign of                                                    S.M.A.R.T.             16-17
                                              is unknown. The’Owd Dook’s Cut’ refers to
King George V, the position has carried       the Bridgewater Canal which was extended         Kids Competition       16
no fixed duties, although the Master may      to Preston Brook in 1771 and to Runcorn in
compose pieces for special Royal or State     1776.                                            Poem                   17
                                              When I went down to Castlefield,                 Pageant of History     18-19
Meanwhile, the BBC announced that             Oh Castlefield was sunny.
Little Hulton lad Christopher Eccleston,      But everything the sun revealed                  You Write              20
- who shot to fame in the film ‘Let Him       Cried loudly: Muck an’ Money.                    (plus more of your
Have It’ as Derek Bentley - will be the       The coal, the cranes, the bricks, the            letters throughout
ninth Dr Who when the cult sci-fi series      drums,                                           Link)
returns to television screens in 2005.        The timber and the barges.
The new 13-part series will be filmed in      They only spoke of ledger sums,                  Those Were The
Cardiff later this year.                      Of dividends and margins.                        Days My Friend         21
                                              And then I spied six little craft;
Best known as a singer/songwriter,            ‘What boats are these?’ said I.                  Mystery Pix            22
Ordsall’s Graham Nash (The Hollies            A man who swished a bucket laughed
and Crosby, Stills and Nash) returned to      And told of ventures high:                       Local History
England to launch an exhibition and book      Of how they sailed the ‘Owd Dook’s               Roundup                23
of his photographs. His work has rarely       Cut’
been seen anywhere in public before           As captain, crew or cook.                        Venue Map &
(and never in the UK) but The Richard         ‘And sometimes into port we’ve put               Opening Details        24
Goodall Gallery persuaded him to hold         At far off Preston Brook.’
an exclusive exhibition, ‘Eye To Eye’ in      I came away from Castlefield,
Manchester - just across the river from       And up to Deansgate strolling.
his hometown. The Manchester exhibition       I vow I felt the pavement yield,
was a precursor to a new book, also           To heavy seas a-rolling.
entitled ‘Eye To Eye’, which features a
selection of Graham’s photography.

So what news of Salford lasses?
Nothing has come to our attention this
year yet, but keep your eyes peeled!
A Cadishead childhood - 1930s                                                                        by Ann Arnold

                            It is a beautiful May afternoon as I           lines and the old Cadishead Station.
                            write this and I should be doing some          The lines went to Altrincham and
                            gardening instead of sitting indoors and       Southport etc. Mrs Birchall sold milk
                            watching the old house across the road         from her cool, old fashioned kitchen
                            being demolished. They have been at            and also tomatoes grown in her own
                            it for three days now, with hardly any         greenhouses. They tasted like tomatoes
                            breaks and I haven’t seen any of them          in those days! If you wanted milk you took
                            eat at all!                                    a jug to the back door and bought some
                                                                           fresh from the cow. We used to play in the
   I had a little terrier   The house across New Moss Road in              barn, clambering over the bales of hay
     called Paddy who       Cadishead was built in 1858, of red            and messing about, as children do, and
                            brick and with a red tiled roof. The front     how we survived I shall never know.
       was well known       door was on the right hand side of the
      in the district for   house and didn’t face the road, so it was      At the corner of Poplar Grove and Moss
‘wandering from the         probably built before New Moss Road            Side Road lived Mrs Brown. We must have
straight and narrow’.       was the official road to Cadishead Moss.       driven her mad because we congregated
      In those days the     It must have been one of the first houses      on her little garden wall, pushing each
                            to be built after the reclamation of Chat      other into her privet hedge and generally
 baker used to call at      Moss. We also have Trafalgar House             making a nuisance of ourselves. The
 the house and if you       nearby and one or two other old houses         fireplace in the Browns’ house was on
    were out he would       which have been altered and modernised.        the gable end and so on cold days and
  leave your bread or       Then there is my own house at the end          evenings we would lean against this wall
                            of a block of five terraced houses known       to keep warm. It was like central heating
   cakes or scones on       originally (shown on a plaque) as Railway      on the outside.
     the doorstep. Our      Terrace due to the fact that the Liverpool
       Paddy had some       to Manchester railway runs under the           Do you know where the Dinky Path is?
     very good snacks       bridge a little further along New Moss         Well, if you walk from the New Moss Road
    and my poor mum         Road.                                          end and along Moss Side Road and cross
                                                                           over the junction of Allotment Road and
          had to pay up.    I have recently seen the deeds to a            Prospect Road, right opposite the school
                            property on Cadishead Moss containing          are the 1930s houses and a bit further
       One Sunday the       a diagram showing the New Moss Road            along you come to a little entrance just
Salvation Army Band         with Moss Side Road running off it, which      before the farm house. This is the Dinky
                            brings me to the gist of this story - the      Path and it is a Right of Way. I’m afraid it
   came to play in our      area around Moss Side Road was my              is a bit of a mess these days and has been
      road and when it      childhood playground. From the age of          tidied up with new railings by St Mary’s
     came the time for      four I lived in Poplar Grove (built in 1912)   Church so all the enchantment has gone.
 prayers they put the       and the playing field of the then Senior
collection bag on the       School was where I played happily and          The two old farmhouses (which were
                            safely with my little friends every evening,   probably all one house originally) face
  big drum and like a       weekends and school holidays.                  St Mary’s Church (like the Birchalls did),
    flash, Paddy had it                                                    so it is the old back of the properties
     between his teeth      Did you know that there was a Private          that face Moss Side Road. This road
  and was off with his      Tennis Club in Moss Side Road? The             was constructed long after the old farm
                            entrance to it was opposite Kenmore            was built. Someone told me they could
 ill-gotten gains with      Grove, and did you know there was a            remember seeing cornfields where the
 all the band chasing       grocers shop (Mr Stocks) on the corner?        Junior School now stands.
             after him!     Next door was a shop which sold camping
                            equipment, Guide and Scout uniforms and        I had a little terrier called Paddy who was
                            swimming gear, etc. A gentleman called         well known in the district for ‘wandering
                            Mr Sandy owned this shop and we swore          from the straight and narrow’. In those
                            he slept under the counter!                    days the baker used to call at the house
                                                                           and if you were out he would leave your
                            Directly opposite Poplar Grove was             bread or cakes or scones on the doorstep.
                            a lovely old farmhouse owned by Mr             Our Paddy had some very good snacks
                            Birchall who kept cows in the field where      and my poor mum had to pay up. One
                            The Meadows bungalow complex now               Sunday the Salvation Army Band came
                            stands and in the field where the private      to play in our road and when it came the
                            bungalows along New Moss Road are              time for prayers they put the collection
                            now - those which back on to the railway       bag on the big drum and like a flash,

Paddy had it between his teeth and was
off with his ill-gotten gains with all the
band chasing after him!

There were two cinemas in Irlam, The
Palace (later called The Savoy) at the top
of Irlam Brow where the Catholic Club car
park is now, and The Rialto (previously
The Globe), which is now a Billiard Hall
opposite Kings Road. They each showed
one feature film on Mon, Tue and Wed
and a second one on Thu, Fri and Sat
(as we called the days), so you could see
four different films a week if you had the
necessary entrance fee. You would also
see the News, a B film and a comedy, plus
the Pearl and Dean adverts, and buy an                                                       Above, St Mary’s Church
                                                We went to Sunday School every Sunday,
ice cream from the lady who stood at the                                                     Cadishead (Courtesy of
                                                rain or shine. We donned our best clothes,
front of the stage with her tray round her                                                   Irlam Library Heritage
                                                got our collection money from our
neck. The ice cream cost 4d (old pence,                                                      Unit)
                                                Mums, and made sure we didn’t forget
about 2p). They cost about £1 nowadays!
                                                the little stamp book which recorded our
And of course, if you went to the Rialto you
                                                attendance by having a religious “stamp”
had to pop into Mr Bulloughs shop next
                                                gummed to the appropriate page. If your      You write ...
door to buy some sweets or chocolate, so
                                                attendance was good, you got a prize at
that you wouldn’t starve to death before
                                                Christmas. Being Church of England, I
the end of the film, when we all stood to                                                    More Ordsall Neighbours
                                                attended Sunday School at St Mary’s Day
attention to the strains of the National                                                        On several occasions
                                                School and it was there that I was taught
Anthem.                                                                                      I have noticed that a
                                                the prayers I still say every night at the
                                                age of 72. We had the usual walking          correspondent of yours is
My last two years of education were                                                          one Alan Bailey.
                                                days, Christmas parties, sports days etc.
spent at Stretford Commercial College                                                           When I was young (yes, I
                                                I’m not sure where we had the sports
for Girls (which was in the same building                                                    have a very good memory),
                                                - possibly in the field of Heyes Hall down
as Stretford Technical College for Boys)                                                     I lived in Hulton Street,
                                                Heyes Road, long since demolished.
and it was here that I learned shorthand                                                     Ordsall, where my next-
                                                Whatever the occasion, if a crowd of
and typing, book-keeping, etc as well as                                                     door neighbour bore that
                                                children were gathered together there
the usual lessons and also how to use a                                                      name. I understand that he
                                                would be meat paste sandwiches to eat!
telephone, because we didn’t all have a                                                      went to live in Gloucester,
phone in those days.                                                                         and I have not seen him
                                                                                             since the late 1950s. In the
I learned to dance at St Mary’s Youth Club                                                   event that he may be one
(the school is now some sort of factory).                                                    and the same, may I have
                                                I hope you will recognise a few of these
We danced the quickstep, waltz, foxtrot                                                      his e-address, should he
                                                little tales and if you are from our area
and barndance to Mr Kreibeck’s portable                                                      be on the internet? I have
                                                maybe you could put pen to paper (or
gramophone, or someone would play                                                            no objection to him being
                                                use the computer!) and let our Society
the piano, and once you had learned,                                                         given my e-address.
                                                hear your memories. If you aren’t a
the world was your oyster. You then                                                             I must also thank you for
                                                member of the Local History Society,
progressed to dances at Cadishead or                                                         your publication, which I
                                                perhaps you would like to come to one
Irlam Conservative Clubs and the room                                                        find both interesting and
                                                of our meetings in Irlam Library on the
over Higher Irlam Co-op and sometimes                                                        evocative.
                                                third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm
the Plaza in ‘town’ (as we called
                                                (no charge). We would love to see you
Manchester) or even Sale Locarno and                                                         Alan Whittall - Hampshire
                                                and I’m sure you will enjoy our speakers,
Belle Vue. I liked the slow foxtrot when
                                                who are interesting and informative as
the lights were turned off and we danced                                                     (Ed: We were able to put the two
                                                well as making us laugh!                     Alans in touch and I’m sure they
to the light of the silver ball which twirled
                                                                                             had a lot to catch up on after 50
round on the ceiling, casting shadows and
                                                The author is the Publicity Officer for      years!)
turning the boys shirts to purple. We were
                                                Irlam, Cadishead and District Local
all so innocent compared with the youth
                                                History Society. Visit their website at
of today, but we were so happy and didn’t
have any of today’s problems.

                                     Book Reviews                        The pub opened on the corner of
                                                                         Westerham Avenue in August 1978 and it
                                                                         closed in 1993.

                                                                         Among names considered for Joseph
                                                                         Holt’s new pub on the corner of Ashley
                                                                         Street were, the Chimney Pot Tavern, the
                                                                         Land o’ Nod, and the Alistair Cooke. The
                                                                         brewery settled for the Ashley Brook and
                                                                         it was opened in December 1990.

                                                                         The one drawback with these excellent
                                                                         publications is that the indexes for them
                                                                         only appear in Volume Three. Having
                                                                         said that, the comprehensive lists of 19
                                                                         pages are arranged in three sections - by
                                                                         Street Name, Pub Name, and Licensee
                                                                         or Occupant’s Name - the latter very
                                                                         useful as often a pub was referred to by
                                                                         the name of the landlord rather than its
                                                                         official title.

                                                                         The Changing Face of Salford
                                                                         by Cliff Hayes
                                                                         Published by Memories
                                                                         ISBN 1 899181 25 3, priced £9.95

                                                                         With chapters such as The Streets of
                                                                         Salford, Transportation, and People and
                                                                         Places, this is sure to appeal to a wide
The First Place - a          Salford                                     audience. Mainly a ‘picture book’, with
History of Kersal by         Pubs                                        over 250 photographs illustrating Salford
Mary T Connor                by Neil                                     ‘then and now’ many from the collection
Published by the author,                                                 in Salford Local History Library that have
the book is available from                                               not appeared in print before.
                             Published by
Salford Museum and Art       the author
Gallery, priced £4.75        2003, priced
                             £5.75 each
This 60 page A5 book
gives the reader a potted    Neil has
history of the area from     revised and
the 12th century right       updated the
up to the present day,       long out-of-
with over 30 illustrations   print books
to help tell the story. In   and produced three new books each over
her introduction, Mary       70 pages with as many photographs.
tells us: ‘Over the years
Kersal has survived                                                      Worsley in 1807 - From the
                             Volume One covers the Old Town
the ravages of war,          including Chapel Street, Greengate          Sketches of John Claude Nattes
industry and poverty,        and Adelphi; Volume Two looks at            by John Aldred
yet has still managed to     Islington, Ordsall, Oldfield Road, Regent   Published by Salford Heritage Service,
retain its intense natural   Road and Broughton; the final volume        priced £3.00
beauty.’ And if you          includes Cross Lane, Broad Street,
thought Environmental        Hanky Park, the Height, Charlestown         In his introduction, John tells us:
Health Inspectors were       and Brindleheath. Each book contains        ‘This is the story of a unique view of
something new, you may       location maps and potted histories of the   Worsley created in 1807 by a relatively
be surprised to learn: ‘In   many hostelries around the city.            unknown artist… His drawings provide
1867 Salford appointed                                                   us with what is the equivalent of a
its first river inspector    The names of pubs are usually               modern detailed photographic study of
whose job it was to patrol   interesting and Neil tells us about some    the Bridgewater Canal and its associated
the rivers and streams       recent ones on Liverpool Street: The        buildings, long before photography was
noting pollution’.           name of Greenall Whitley’s new pub on       invented’.
Top left, Agecroft Rowing    Liverpool Street, the Brass Tally, was
Club Regatta 1950 from       selected from a shortlist which included    This 32 page book contains 11 of Nattes
The First Place by           Lala’s Laughing Fox, Mark Addy, Ensign      drawings (the originals are in Salford
Mary T Connor                Ewart and November Handicap.                Archives) accompanied by John Aldred’s
                                                                         notes, maps, and photographs.
Made in Salford - found all over!
                                                    Standing by Ontario Basin on Salford            The number of slow
                                                    Quays are two cranes made by Stother            speeds is three, being
                                                    and Pitt of Bath, while displayed in the        related to the number of
                                                    Museum of Bath at Work in Somerset              direct speeds.
                                                    ( ) is a piece
                                                    of machinery made in the Ordsall                The worktable is of cast
                                                    Lane factory of Smith and Coventry.             iron, and can be moved in
                                                    The company, founded in 1857, was               three planes:
                                                    described as ‘manufacturers of labour
                                                                                                    1. Vertical manually
                                                    saving machine tools’. The curator at
                                                                                                    through a worm and bevel
                                                    Bath, Stuart Burroughs, supplied the            gear and guided in a
                                                    photograph, and for the technically             vertical slide;
                                                    minded, Don Browning wrote the                  2. Traverse (fore & aft)
                                                    following information.                          manually through a nut &
                                                    Smith & Coventry Milling Machine                3. Longitudinal (sideways)
                                                                                                    manually or by power.
                                                    J B Bowler was a general engineer and           Manual operation is by a
                                                    mineral water manufacturer in Bath for          hand wheel on one side
                                                    about 100 years from c1850 until c1970. He      of the table whilst power
The Smith and Coventry Milling Machine              rarely bought anything new, always second-      operation is taken off
(Courtesy of Bath At Work Museum)                   hand. His trade was not in production, but      the final drive shaft via a
                                                    he dealt with repair and maintenance, so        separate three-speed belt
                                                    his machinery was only used on an ad-hoc        drive at the rear of the
Readers of Link over the past couple                basis.                                          machine.
of years have been finding Ellison’s
Turnstiles all over the country.                    This milling machine, manufactured by           It would appear that
                                                    Smith & Coventry of Manchester [sic], dates     power operation was
Geoff Howard of Salford Photographic                from the 1880s, but was not installed by        a later addition, as a
Society found one still in use at the               J B Bowler’s until c1920. It is a general-      separate casting has been
entrance to the Go-Karts in Southport.              purpose horizontal milling machine made         bolted onto the body to
One recent discovery was, however,                  predominantly of cast iron, with some steel     carry the secondary drive,
                                                    components. The principal dimensions are        belts and shafting. The
slightly nearer to home. Last year the
                                                    - Height 62 ins. [1464 mm], Table length        secondary drive shaft
BBC ran a series called Restoration and
                                                    42 ins, [966 mm]. Power is supplied from        is telescopic and works
the winner was the Victoria Baths in                overhead line shafting, via fixed and loose     through two knuckle
Manchester. Mark Watson provided us                 pulleys, to the final drive through a three-    joints thereby allowing
with a photograph of the baths showing              speed cone pulley.                              for varying lengths
not only an Ellisons Turnstile from Irlams                                                          depending on the position
o’ th’ Height, but also Pilkingtons Tiles           Usually this final drive is direct onto the     of the table.
from Clifton.                                       main cutter shaft, but when a casting or
                                                    other heavy work is being machined the          The cutting operations
Salford turnstile and tiles in the Victoria Baths   drive is directed through a back gear for the   generate friction and
(Courtesy of Mark Watson)                           necessary slow speed operation.                 heat. To lubricate the
                                                                                                    cutters and to remove
                                                                                                    much of the heat, cutting
                                                                                                    fluid is dripped from
                                                                                                    a cast iron tank with
                                                                                                    a capacity of about 6
                                                                                                    pints [31⁄2 litres]. This is
                                                                                                    part of the design of the
                                                                                                    machine. The amount of
                                                                                                    fluid used is controlled
                                                                                                    manually and is collected
                                                                                                    in a tray incorporated
                                                                                                    under the table.

                                                                                                    There is a large purpose
                                                                                                    built cabinet for a
                                                                                                    selection of cutters of
                                                                                                    various shapes and sizes.
                                                                                                    It would appear that most
                                                                                                    of them have never been

                                        Ted’s barber shop                                                             by R J Beech

                                        When my Dad left the army in 1946, he                      One man in particular would come late
                                        took over the lease on a barber’s shop,                    every fortnight, he worked late in Trafford
                                        number 610 Bolton Road, Pendlebury,                        Park and grudgingly Dad always opened
                                        on the front of the market facing the                      the door and let him in; I think it was
                                        Newmarket public house. My Dad and I                       because he was a regular customer! On
                                        repainted the inside of the shop and we                    Saturdays we worked from 8.30 am until
                                        bought a pole, which we painted with                       4.00pm.
                                        the traditional red and white stripes. It
                                        was fixed on two brackets in the doorway                   My job was lather boy. I was 13 and in my
                                        and when it was put out in the morning                     final year at school and as a lather boy
                                        it protruded over the pavement for                         I would prepare a customer for a shave
                                        all to see. We were very proud of our                      by first seating him in a chair. I then I put
                                        handiwork; customers used to tell us that                  the towel around his neck and proceeded
                                        the reason for red and white was that it                   to lather his chin with soapy water.
                                        represented blood and bandages.                            My Dad, who at this time was cutting
                                                                                                   someone’s hair on the other chair, would
                                        My Dad took over the business from a                       move across and shave the customer,
                                        Communist called Jimmy Crawshaw                            which only took a couple of minutes, with
                                        who was retiring. Business was normally                    his cut-throat razor. I would wipe the
                                        quiet during the day, but evenings and                     customer’s neck and then he was done,
                                        Saturdays were busy times. I used to go                    sometimes I would get a tip. In those days
                                        there straight from school on Fridays                      the price of a haircut was 1/3d (6p) and a
                                           when Dad kept open until 8.00pm, but                    shave 6d (3p).
                                           even at that time there would still be
                                           people wanting to have a haircut                        We had some rum characters who came
                                             after we had shut the door.                           into the shop, not always for haircuts;
                                                                                                   some came to pass the time or to pick
                                                                                                   winners out of the many racing papers
                                                                                                   Dad used to have everyday. I remember
                                                                                                   three in particular: the Handicap Book,
                                                                                                   the Sporting Chronicle and the
                                                                                                   Daily Despatch.

                                       Dad died in the early eighties. I don’t know
                                       where he is now but I hope he’s having a pint
                                       or two, a smoke, and perhaps a cross double
                                       bet on some horses or other. I still miss him today.

Bolton Road Pendlebury 1978, with the Windmill Hotel on the corner of Station Road. (Salford Local History Library)

                                                                                            You write ...
Dad had a bet most days, his favourite        Jimmy Locke has his business today.           Ordsall Neighbours
being a cross double bet. I can’t think now   We used to have steak pudding, chips,
where he put the bets on.                     peas - they were very enjoyable. The cafe        With reference to the
                                              was always busy with passing trade and        letter submitted by Albert
One character was a man named Owd             workers from Sackville and Swallow            Hallows in your last issue,
Griff who came in regularly for a shave.      across the road. Other times Dad would        I can certainly remember
My Dad had nicknamed him Desperate            send me for pies to Hollinshead’s in          his family well. I was born
Dan because he had a big chin and tough       Station Road near to Lees Street. We          in Hartington Street on the
whiskers. Dad had to shave him twice to       used to think they made the best pies in      20th September 1936 and
do it properly,                               the area. Our other choice for pies was       lived there with my parents
                                              Glover’s where Sykes’ is now,                 Fred & Flo and my brother
Another customer we used to know as                                                         Jack. My neighbours were
Harry had been disowned by his family,        While helping out at the barber’s one day     Mr & Mrs Stringer and
who we knew to be very well off as they       the boss from Jones’ foundry, behind the      their daughter Doreen on
had a shop on Chorley Road. One or two        Norco Pickle works, came in for a haircut     the one side and Mr & Mrs
of the regulars, including Dad, used to       and he offered me a job as an apprentice      Delaney on the other with
tease Harry, who wasn’t too bright.           moulder. I had just left school at 14, so I   their son Joe and daughter
                                              took the job.                                 Shelagh who went on to
There used to be tramp who came twice                                                       achieve fame with her play A
a year for a haircut and shave. He slept      When still at school I had to go straight     Taste of Honey, later made
behind some advertising hoardings where       to Dad’s shop on Friday to help out as        into a film. Both of these
his old business of funeral director used     normal. If I didn’t turn up he would want     neighbours were replaced
to be. The site is now Crandon Court old      to know why and I had to have a good          by Mr & Mrs Bailey and their
people’s accommodation. Whenever he’d         excuse. Sometimes he’d threaten me            two children and Mr & Mrs
been in the shop I had to go round with       with his belt or a pan or anything that was   Ernie Chapman and their
the air freshener.                            handy. He never actually hit me but the       daughter Janet. Incidentally
                                              message got home.                             Mr & Mrs Sykes had another
Before they had baths at Wheatsheaf                                                         son Harold and a daughter
Colliery the miners used to go home in        All the time I worked with my Dad, about      Jean.
all their dirt. We used to get one or two     15 months, I never received a penny. All         I can recall the Shaw
calling in our shop for haircuts. They        I got was a few tips. One Christmas I         family and their shop on
used to wear long coats with big pockets,     dressed a dried milk tin with crepe paper     West Park Street and
which were always filled with lumps of        and a sticker saying ‘All the best from       the other shops facing
coal. The miners deserved all they could      the lather boy’. I got quite a lot of money   them, including Mr & Mrs
get away with.                                that Christmas.                               Makinson’s Greengrocers,
                                                                                            Harry & Bertha Wiseman’s
There were five shops together next to        When we lived on the Valley Estate in         Grocers and, of course, who
ours. Next to us across the ginnel was        Grasmere Road my Dad and I used to            could forget Doris Watson’s
John Haselton’s greengrocers shop. It         get the number 6 bus to our shop. The         Pie Shop farther down West
was called Cragg’s hut because it used        bus was a single-decker then and it           Park Street.
to belong to old Mrs Cragg who lived in       used to go from Eccles to Whitefield via         The Boro Cinema at
South Manchester and when she died the        Pendlebury and Prestwich. Other times         the bottom of our street
shop was left to John Haselton who ran it     we would walk up Eccles Road up by            comes to mind and with it
with his wife Nellie. John was a big mate     the post office and up Pendlebury Road.       Jack Peake the fireman/
of my Dad’s and often they would nip over     Sometimes on our way home Dad would           attendant who used to
the road to the Newmarket for a couple        stop at the White Swan or the Park Inn for    pack us in tightly at every
of pints of Holt’s. Attached to our shop on   a couple of pints. Mam would ask where        performance we kids
the other side was a dental technician’s,     he was and when I told her she would          attended. The ‘King Billy’,
and the other two shops were a sweet          start shouting. He used to get some           Sun Inn, and Park Hotel,
shop and a fishmonger. Next to Cragg’s        earache when he came home! But me             were local hostelries
hut going towards Bolton was a row of         and my two sisters got used to this. My       popular at the time.
twenty terraced houses called, I don’t        Mam and Dad moved to Borough Avenue              My schools were Nashville
know why, Twenty Row! They were               in 1959 and kept the business going until     Street, St Clements and
demolished in the early sixties to make       1961, when he sold it to Ted Smalley. My      Salford Tech. I eventually
way for council maisonettes,                  Dad then took a job at Kendal Milne’s         left Hartington Street in
                                              store in Manchester where he worked for       1961 when I got married
In the back of our shop was a small           eight years giving children haircuts.         and moved to Droylsden. My
room where we had a brew or ate our                                                         parents left in 1966 when
sandwiches. The room was fitted with a        Dad died in the early eighties. I don’t       our old house became
small window so we could see anyone           know where he is now but I hope he’s          part of the Ordsall Slum
coming into the shop. Sometimes we            having a pint or two, a smoke, and            Clearance programme.
would eat out at Mrs Mullen’s cafe that       perhaps a cross double bet on some
used to be in the row of shops where          horses or other. I still miss him today.      Fred Carter,
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                                The Yemenis of Eccles
                                by Mohammad Siddique Seddon

                                Lascar sailors at an English Port c1908 (Courtesy   councils or education authorities, to
                                of the Museum in Docklands, PLA Collection)         receiving visiting government officials
                                                                                    from the Yemen. As the community
                                                                                    grew, the need for a functioning mosque
                                A small number of single-male Yemeni                became a priority. The community
                                sailors settled in the community with               collectively purchased 5 Liverpool Road,
                                one of them establishing ‘Abdul’s                   Eccles, for £13,500 in March 1980.
                                Café’, famous for serving both Arabic               Originally the vendors, the Christian
The historical links            and English food. By the early 1950s                Scientists, opposed the private acquisition
between Britain and the         three Yemenis, Abdo Hizam, Hassan                   of the building but when reassurances
Yemen date back to the          Muhammad and Muhammad Kasseum,                      were given that it was to be used as a
early nineteenth century        had arrived in Eccles. Originally coming            religious centre they lowered their asking
when the port of Mocha          to Salford as sailors, as they settled              price from £30,000 to £13,500. Further,
on the south-western tip        and married local girls, they took up               when the community could not raise the
of the Arabian peninsular       employment in nearby factories like                 capital needed to purchase the building
became an import coaling        Gardner’s Engines, Pilkington’s Tiles,              outright, the Christian Scientists secured
station and coffee exporting    Irlam Steel Works and Regent Tyres.                 a deposit of £1,350 and then facilitated
centre for British vessels                                                          an interest free loan for the outstanding
and merchants. By 1838,         As the British shipping industry declined,          balance enabling the completion of sale.
after failing to secure         Yemenis moved away from their
the port from Ottoman           traditional dockland communities into               In the late 1970s and early 1980s the
Turk and Yemeni tribal          the industrial heartlands of Birmingham,            number of Yemenis living in Eccles could
incursions, the British were    Sheffield and Manchester. In Eccles,                be counted in the thousands; today the
instead able to establish a     the Yemeni community soon grew into                 community has dwindled, numbering less
protectorate at the port of     hundreds and later thousands as the                 than a thousand. Economic recession
Aden, roughly one hundred       government encouraged migration of                  has meant that job prospects are limited
kilometres along the            colonial subjects to assist in Britain’s            and many Yemenis left the town to seek
southern coast from Mocha.      post-war economic boom. Until the                   employment in the Arabian Gulf. For
As a result of an Anglo-        1970s the Yemeni community in Eccles                the present community, established
Turkish agreement in 1901       consisted largely of single males living            over fifty years ago and now in its fourth
the Yemen was effectively       in ‘bachelor houses’ and eating and                 generation, the future mirrors that of all
split into two countries,       socialising in one of the five Arab cafes           post-industrial inner-city communities
the north becoming an           dotted around the town. Single men                  where housing, education and
Ottoman province and the        were eventually joined by their wives               employment prospects and opportunities
south a British protectorate.   and children from the Yemen and the                 can only be created by massive financial
It was from the British         community soon established a small                  aid. This requires far-sighted planning
controlled port of Aden         zawiyyah, or prayer room, within the                and economic investment from local,
that many Yemenis, from         home of the late and respected Hassan               central and even European governments.
both the north and south,       Al-Haideri. In 1972 a branch of the                 Whilst the Yemeni community in Eccles is
along with Somalis and          Yemeni Welfare Society was established              the ‘newest’ of the Yemeni communities
some South Asians made          providing important cultural and                    in the UK, British Yemenis represent the
their way to Britain as         educational programmes for the Yemeni               oldest continuous Muslim community in
Lascars, or merchant            families. The society also represented              Britain born out of Britain’s colonial past.
sailors, on British ships.      the community at a local, national and              The Yemeni community in Britain has a
Largely employed as boiler      international level and representations             rich history and a resilient and flourishing
men, their work was long        ranged from liasing with the local                  culture that dates back to the 1880s.
and arduous. By the end
of the nineteenth century
transient communities                                                                          The author is a Research Fellow
                                                                                               at the Islamic Foundation,
of Yemeni sailors were
                                                                                               Leicester and is currently
present in Cardiff, South                                                                      undertaking his Doctoral
Shields, Liverpool, London                                                                     research at the University of
and Hull. When the                                                                             Lancaster on the Muslims in
Manchester Ship Canal                                                                          Manchester and specifically on
opened in 1894, Salford                                                                        the Yemeni Muslim Community
soon saw the development                                                                       in Eccles. He has published a
of a growing multiracial and                                                                   number of works relating to
                                                                                               Islam in Britain.
multicultural community
within the docklands known
                                                                                               Members of the Yemeni community
locally as the ‘Barbary                                                                        inside the Eccles mosque, early
Coast’                                                                                         1980s. (Courtesy of Mr Imtiaz
                      Milestones - This is Your Life                                                    continued on page 14
                      Salford Museum and Art Gallery: LifeTimes Gallery

                      Each and every lifetime has its milestones and in this exhibition we are
                      looking at three major events that measure the cycle of our lives: birth,
                      marriage and death.

These rites of passage remain a constant feature of life but over time, changing attitudes, fashion and the impact of
technology mean our experiences are very different from those of our Victorian forbearers.

Our families are smaller. Women no longer expect to spend a third of their lives in childbearing and today most babies are
born in hospital rather than at home. There is no longer the same social and economic pressure to marry. Many couples
choose not to marry at all and, if they do, favour the Register Office or other location for the

Perhaps the greatest change is in our attitude to death. Today we find it something of a taboo
subject. For the Victorians it was an element of daily life, surrounded with elaborate custom and
ritual; a fitting subject for art, literature and even the family photograph album.

Photographs, objects and the stories of Salfordians past and present help us to explore the
fascinating history of birth, marriage and death in Salford.

May 2004-April 2005

                                  Pilkington’s Tile &                               great-nephew of the first Managing
                                  Pottery Company                                   Director at Pilkington’s, William Burton.
                                  New Pottery, New Glazes exhibition                Since then the Society has held 5 major
                                  by Angela and Barry Corbett                       exhibitions – 3 in Salford, which has its
                                  Salford Museum and Art Gallery.                   own excellent collection of wares.

                                  Most Salford people know Pilkington’s             Pottery production at Pilkington’s
                                  tiles – indeed at one point nearly 900            really took off in 1904 when they held
                                  Salfordians worked there and it was               a wonderful exhibition in London at
                                  common for several generations of                 the Gallery of Henry Graves & Co. For
                                  one family to have been employed over             a further 30 years pottery production
                                  several “lifetimes”.                              at Pilkington’s, while not on the scale
                                                                                    of tiles, constantly brought them to the
                                  Our interest in Pilkington’s began when           world’s attention.
                                  a friend of ours showed us a little blue
                                  pot. We soon realised that collecting             This exhibition at Salford Museum
                                  Pilkington’s – when some vases fetch              attempts to capture the impact of the
                                  thousands of pounds – was not an                  1904 exhibition, as well as its importance
                                  option, but seeing public collections was.        and visual extravagance. The exhibition
                                                                                    organiser has done a splendid job in
                                  So we began to systematically visit               bringing together pots from the original
                                  every public collection and now have a            exhibition and from this period. For those
                                  photographic record of over 7,000 pots.           who want to learn more about Swinton’s
                                                                                    unique place in ceramic art, this is an
                                  In 1997 Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery          exhibition you must see.
                                  Society was formed and we joined at
                                  once. It is chaired by Lawrence Burton,           22nd May to 8th August 2004

                                                a taste of forthcoming Heritage events                                          11
     Salford Museum &
            Art Gallery
                              Tudor Family Fun Days
                              Sundays, 6 June –
     Peel Park, Crescent,     with the Cavendish
         Salford M5 4WU       Minstrels;
       Tel: 0161 736 2649     4 July – join us for
      Fax: 0161 745 9490      Children’s Art Day!                           WALKS
                              1 August, 5 September, 3 October              A series of Heritage Walks that offer a
                              Mingle with Tudor characters and try your     healthy and enjoyable way to discover
                              hand at traditional crafts and games on       more about the city and its past.
 Open: Mon-Fri 10.00am-
                              the first Sunday of every month               For more information contact
              4.45pm and
                              Ordsall Hall Museum, 1pm - 4pm Free           Ann Monaghan (see p2).
    Sat-Sun 1.00-5.00pm
                                                                            Walks are £2 for adults, children free.
   Free parking, disabled
                                                                            Stout shoes recommended.
        access, gift shop.    LifeTimes Family Fun Days
Café open weekdays only.      Sundays 27 June, 25 July –                    The Cliff Conservation Area Explore
                              Special Art Day,                              this fascinating area of Higher Broughton
          Salford Local       29 August, 26 September, 31 October           and discover more about Broughton
        History Library       An afternoon full of family activities and    Zoo, a famous astronomer and a natural
       at Salford Museum      workshops on the last Sunday of every         disaster! Meet Carl Barry outside the
             & Art Gallery:   month. Activities vary, phone for more        playing field opposite Yew Street on Lower
   Open: Tues, Thurs and      details                                       Broughton Road.
 Fri 10.00am-5.00pm and       Salford Museum and Art Gallery,               Sunday 27 June 2pm
  Weds 10.00am-8.00pm         1pm - 4pm Free
    Closed weekends and                                                     Monks, Mineral Lines and Over
                  Mondays                                                   the Motorway Discover the surprising
                              Talks at 2                                    history of parts of Monton and Eccles.
                              A regular programme of free afternoon         Meet Christina Whitefoot at the car park,
           Ordsall Hall                                                     Monton Road.
                              talks in association with the Friends of
              Museum          Salford Museums Association. Please           Thursday 29 July 7pm
     Ordsall Lane, Salford    contact the gallery for details of the full
                  M5 3AN      programme, some highlights include:           Halls of Worsley A circular walk
       Tel: 0161 872 0251                                                   featuring Kempnough Hall, Worsley
       Fax: 0161 872 4951                                                   Old Hall and the sites of Brick Hall and
                              Could Volunteering Change your
                                                                            Worsley New Hall. Meet Ann Monaghan       Life?                                         at Worsley Court House, Barton Road,
 Open: Mon-Fri 10.00am-       Salford Museum and Art Gallery                Worsley Sunday 8 August 2pm
      4.00pm and Sunday       Staff from Salford Volunteer Bureau
              1.00-4.00pm     explain how to get involved in                Down by the Riverside Follow the
         Closed Saturday      volunteering in Salford.                      Irwell to Manchester and discover more
   Free parking, gift shop,   Wednesday 2 June, and 7 July 2pm Free         about the floods, factories and film
  limited disabled access                                                   locations associated with the Dark River.
                              George Coulouris 1903-1989                    Meet Tony Frankland at Salford Museum
        Working Class         Salford Museum and Art Gallery                and Art Gallery Sunday 22 August 1.30pm
                              Former BBC producer Brian Dean talks
     Movement Library                                                       Worsley and the Bridgewater Canal
                              about the life and career of this Salford-
      51 Crescent, Salford                                                  Discover more about the birthplace of the
                              born actor
                   M5 4WX                                                   transport revolution on this walk around
                              Wednesday 9 June, and Wednesday
        Tel: 0161 736 3601                                                  the village centre and the canal. Meet
                              8 September, 2pm Free
        Fax: 0161 737 4115                                                  David George at Worsley Village Library
                    Email:                                                  Sunday 5 September 2pm      Beasts of the Nile
                  Open: by    Salford Museum and Art Galley                 Sixty Acres of History Join us for a
         appointment only     Angela Thomas, Keeper of Egyptology           walk around Worsley New Hall, discover
Tues-Fri 10.00am-5.00pm       at Bolton Museum, offers her specialist       the secrets of the Victorian kitchen
 (late night Weds 7.00pm)     knowledge on some remarkable artefacts        gardens and the terraces where Queen
                              Wednesday 22 September, 2pm Free              Victoria once walked. Meet Wayne
                                                                            Broadbent at Worsley Hall Garden Centre.
                              A Salford Lad                                 FREE as part of the Heritage Open Days
                              Salford Museum and Art Gallery                programme, Sunday 12 September 2pm
                              Artist Chris Sims reflects on his life as
                              a young man in Salford during and after       Broken Bank to Salford Spa Our
                              the war                                       route follows the Crescent, Chapel Street
                              Wednesday 29 September, 2pm Free              to Bank Street, the site of Salford Spa.
                                                                            Discover the fascinating story of Salford’s
                              There will be lots of events and activities   spring water supply and health spa.
                              in October during the half term holiday       Finishes at The Pumphouse. Meet Tony
                              and for the Big Draw 2004, please             Frankland at Salford Museum and Art
                              contact the gallery for more details.         Gallery, Sunday 26 September 1.30pm


The Art of Volunteering                      Animal Pottery Workshop                        Corridor
Workshop for 10-16 year olds                 for all ages                                   Don’t miss
A fun-filled interactive arts workshop.      Make your own clay animal, for us to           this amazing
Part of Volunteers week                      include in the Meadow exhibition, or for       performance of
Wednesday 2 June, 2.30pm - 4pm Free          you to collect in September                    visual and audio works
Salford Museum and Art Gallery.              Thursday 12 August,                            celebrating Chapel Street.
Please book in advance                        1.30-3.30pm Free,                             Conceived and performed
                                             Ordsall Hall Museum.                           by pupils from the
Fabulous Fabrics Workshop for                Please book in advance                         Cathedral School of St
                                                                                            Peter & St John, with the
10 -16 year olds
                                             Start Art! Workshop for 5-10                   Salford Artist’s Collective
Create something exciting and unusual
                                                                                            Saturday 21 August, 2pm
with textile artist Louise Day               year olds
                                                                                            Free, Salford Museum
Saturday 5 June, 2-4pm Free                  Improve your art skills with artist Michelle
                                                                                            and Art Gallery
Salford Museum and Art Gallery.              Leigh in this fun-filled workshop
Please book in advance                       Monday 23 August, 1.30-3.30pm Free,
                                             Ordsall Hall Museum, Please book in            Radclyffes
Textile Workshop for adults                  advance. Under 7s must be accompanied          in Dispute
                                             by an adult                                    Medieval
Join textile artist Louise Day for this
hands-on workshop inspired by the Ann
                                             Art Master Class Workshop for                  drama with the usual
Sutton Retrospective
                                                                                            festivities, cookery and
Saturday 19 June, 2-4pm Free                 10-16 year olds
                                                                                            crafts. Join the Yorkshire
Salford Museum and Art Gallery.              Develop your art skills and master new
                                                                                            Yeomen as they portray
Please book in advance                       techniques, with artist Michelle Leigh.
                                                                                            the Radclyffe household
                                             Thursday 26 August, 1.30-3.30pm Free,
                                                                                            in the 15th century
Memorial Workshop Drop in                    Ordsall Hall Museum.
                                                                                            Saturday 12 & Sunday
workshop for adults                          Please book in advance
                                                                                            13 June, 1-4pm Free,
The Milestones exhibition looks at                                                          Ordsall Hall Museum
life, including loss; contribute to the      Family Backpacks!
Memorial Book or create a Keepsake Box       Pick up a bag full of activities from
                                                                                            Music for a Summer
with artist Denise Green to remember         reception. A small deposit is required
                                             During August Free, Salford Museum and
loved ones. Bring photos, letters, pressed                                                  The Heritage Singers
flowers, poems and notes (materials also     Art Gallery
                                                                                            bring outstanding music
provided).                                                                                  to your ears within the
Thursday 15 July, 12-4.30pm Free,            Archery Drop in event                          magical surroundings of
Salford Museum and Art Gallery               for all ages                                   the Hall
                                             Learn archery skills in the                    Friday 18 June,
Memorial Workshop Drop in                    grounds of the Hall                            7pm -9.30pm, £7 ticket,
workshop for all ages                        Monday 2 August, and Friday 20th August        Ordsall Hall Museum
The Milestones exhibition looks at life,     1-4pm Free, Ordsall Hall Museum                (tickets can be collected
including loss; contribute to a Memorial                                                    from either venue from
Book or create a bookmark with artist        Tudor Portraits                                May)
Denise Green to remember loved ones.         Dress up as a Tudor family
Decorate with your photos,                   and have your portrait taken!
pressed flowers, poems                       In conjunction with Escape
(materials also provided)                    Photography
Thursday 22 July, 12-4.30pm                  Thursday 5 August, 2-4pm Free, Ordsall
Free, Salford Museum and Art Gallery         Hall Museum. Please book in advance

Storytelling Trails Workshop for             Victorian Portraits
kids up to 10 year olds                      Dress up as a Victorian family
All children must be accompanied by an       and have your portrait taken!
adult.                                       In conjunction with Escape
Wander and wind your way through the         Photography
park with storyteller Fiona Collins          Wednesday 11 August, 2-4pm Free,
Tuesdays 10 August and 17 August,            Salford Museum and Art Gallery.
10.30am-12.30pm OR 1.30-3.30pm               Please book in advance
Free, Salford Museum and Art Gallery.
Please book in advance

     Exhibitions Programme

At Salford Museum and Art Gallery         IN THE COMMUNITY GALLERY                     Salford And Beyond
Open: Mon-Fri 10.00am-4.45pm,                                                          by Chris Sims
Sat-Sun 1.00-5.00pm Price: free           Changing Lives
                                          Salford Volunteer Bureau celebrate the       I was born in Salford in the
Ann Sutton: A Retrospective               amazing work that goes on in the city,       late 1930s. My early years
An internationally renowned weaver        with images by the City Klickers Artists.    during the war were spent
whose bold and colourful works have       29 May to 18 July                            living off Broughton Road,
made her an influential figure in the                                                  opposite Pendleton Church,
field of textiles.                        St Ambrose RC School                         in a typical two up two down
29 May to 18 July                         Year 11 students get the chance to           terraced house with outside
                                          showcase their work.                         toilet. We then moved to
New Pottery, New Glazes                   24 July to 12 September                      Irlams o’ th’ Height and whilst
A centenary exhibition of Pilkington’s                                                 there, still a child, I found I
Lancastrian pottery, recreating the                                                    had the ability to draw and
                                          Salford and Beyond                           cannot recall wanting to be
magic of the 1904 showcase with its       Salford artist Chris Sims captures the
‘bewildering carnival of colours’.                                                     anything other than an artist.
                                          spirit of his hometown and further afield.
22 May to 8 August                        18 September to 14 November
                                                                                       At 16, whilst at Salford
                                                                                       Grammar School, my hopes
Swinton and District                      At Ordsall Hall Museum
                                                                                       were dashed when, for lack
Photographic Society                      Open: Mon-Fri 10.00am-4.00pm, Sun
                                                                                       of funds, I was unable to go to
Members of the Society present their      1.00-4.00pm Price: free
                                                                                       art college and so worked as
annual show of new work.                                                               a photo-engraver and photo-
22 May to 4 July                          Tudor Times                                  lithographer for many years,
                                          Find out about life in Tudor Times with      including being involved in
Engaging Refugees and Asylum              this interactive exhibition.                 running two businesses.
Seekers                                   30 May to 18 July
A celebration of the project that has                                                  In 1999 I was unwell and
taken place at Salford Museum and         START Art                                    decided to return to painting.
Art Gallery over the last 12 months,      An exciting and interactive family art       Most of the images on view
including artworks from some of the       experience. This beginner’s guided to art    in my forthcoming exhibition
participants.                             appreciation is based on treasures from      reflect the places I knew
17 July to 6 February                     Salford’s collection.                        as a lad in Salford where I
                                          1 August to 29 August                        spent the first 25 years of
                                                                                       my life. In 1969 I returned to
The Magic of Masks and                                                                 Salford to photograph streets
                                          Zarah Hussain
Puppets                                   This North West artist uses ancient South    and buildings soon to be
This family exhibition captures the                                                    demolished.
                                          Asian techniques and pigments to create
magic and mystery of this oldest of
                                          intricate artworks.
theatrical activities.                                                                 My influences range from
                                          12 September to 14 November
31 July to 5 September                                                                 Mr Lowry through to the
                                                                                       French Impressionists.
Audio and visual works created by the                                                  I now live in Rossendale, but
Salford Artists Collective with local                                                  once a Salfordian always
school children, inspired by the Chapel                                                a Salfordian. I do hope the
Street regeneration corridor.                                                          works on display bring back
21 August to 17 October                                                                memories and give some
                                                                                       pleasure. Chris’s exhibition
Beasts of the Nile                                                                     runs from Saturday 18
A fascinating insight into ancient                                                     September to Sunday 14
Egyptian animal life through a range of                                                November 2004 in the
artefacts including mummies, bronzes,                                                  LifeTimes Community
textiles and pottery.                        Chris at work in his Rossendale studio    Gallery.
18 September to 14 November

                                                                                           See page 23 for
                                                                                           Local History
                                                                                           Round Up - a full
                                                                                           listing of heritage
a taste of forthcoming Heritage events                                                     talks in Salford
Northumberland Street
by Stanley Horrocks

If you were ever to hold a
competition to decide which street
in Salford could claim to be of
the greatest interest to local
history, my own choice would be
Northumberland Street where
we have lived for nearly fifty
years and which lies between
Bury New Road and Leicester
Road in Higher Broughton.

This is part of the Clowes Estate and
so many street names of this district
have direct links with the land-owning
Clowes family, but I regret I have not been
able to discover the origin of the name
allocated so long ago to Northumberland        Number 17 has had a fascinating history.     Engraving of the Grand
                                               It was selected by Sir Oswald Mosley as      Menagerie at Broughton Zoo
Street, although it is shown as such on the
maps of 160 years ago.                         his headquarters for the Manchester
                                               unit of the British Union of Fascists, the
The Broughton Zoological Gardens were          ‘Blackshirts’, and he officially opened      Schools in Whitworth
opened in May 1838 at the Bury New Road        the premises in April 1934. The house        Street, the Minshull
end of the street and the local historian      was later demolished and the site is now     Street Court and the
Louis M Hayes recalled as a boy watching       occupied by one of the most orthodox         Great Northern Goods
a bear climbing up and down a high pole        Jewish Synagogues in the city.               Station, which is now
set in the bear pit. The Zoo was a financial                                                an interesting feature of
failure and closed in 1842 when some of        The house next door to the BUF HQ was        Deansgate.
the animals were transferred to the Belle      once the home of Sir Leslie Lever, a one-
Vue Zoo in Manchester.                         time Lord Mayor of Manchester who was        Mr Neill, who was twice
                                               later created a Life Peer, taking the name   Mayor of Manchester,
A building which still remains intact is the   Lord Lever of Ardwick.                       died at Midfield in 1899 at
Higher Broughton Conservative Club which                                                    the age of 82. His funeral
in the 1860s was the Higher Broughton          Further up the street, a handsome            procession to St. Paul’s
Bowling Club Ltd. Before becoming              building, Coldstream House, was the          Churchyard, Kersal, was
the Conservative Club, it served as the        home of John Donaldson, a notable            led by one thousand of
Broughton Copper Works Social Club.            member of the old Manchester Shudehill       his workmen!
                                               Fish Market for many years.
Many of the older houses have been                                                          Today,
demolished, but one front gatepost still       There was a resident of the street called
bears the number 13. This marks the            Thomas Baddeley, a prolific photographer     Northumberland
home of Sir John Harwood (1832-1906),          who recorded various changes in the          Street still pulsates
a former Mayor of Manchester. In 1894          passing scene during the early twentieth     with life, and it
he was the Chairman of the Manchester          century. He bequeathed hundreds of           would be interesting
Waterworks Committee, which was                his photographs and other work to the
                                               Manchester Central Library where they
                                                                                            to know if any
instrumental in bringing clean water
from Thirlmere in the Lake District all        can still be viewed on their computer        of your readers
the way to Manchester. In the same year        screens.                                     could suggest a
the water fountain in Albert Square was                                                     comparative street
erected to commemorate this remarkable         Another elegant house, Midfield, was
                                                                                            in Salford which
achievement. Sir John Harwood                  at one time the Salford Civil Defence
died at number 13 and was buried at            headquarters and was demolished to           might also claim
Manchester’s Southern Cemetery.                become Midfield Court sheltered housing      such a wealth
                                               complex. Midfield was originally the         of historical
During the nineteenth century, two of the      home of Mr Robert Neill who created a        memories.
houses since demolished, Laurel Bank           business that, in its day, was one of the
and Brentwood, were occupied at times as       largest building firms in the country.
day and boarding schools.                      Amongst the many important contracts
                                               undertaken by Neill were the Manchester
                                               Town Hall, the Municipal Technical

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                                         Competition - can you find..?
                                         How good are you at spotting things?

                                         Salford Museum and Art Gallery is a huge building with lots of displays. A
                                         prize is in store for the person who finds the Museum’s Golden Harp (it’s
                                         somewhere in the building) and draws the picture we like best.

                                         To enter you must draw the object in the box above and write which gallery/
                                         section of Salford Museum and Art Gallery you found it in. Simply fill in your
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                                         To enter, you can either cut out this page, photocopy it or pick up a copy
The winner of the last ‘Can you find…’   of this page from the Museum and Art Gallery. The closing date for
competition was Olivia Garvey aged 12    entries is 30 November 2004.
from Monton and as you can see she
has drawn a stunning picture of the
Tulip Vase, which                        I discovered the GOLDEN HARP in ....................................................................
she found in the
Victorian Gallery.                       Name:     .............................................................. Age: ............................................
There were some
other great                              Address:    .................................................................................................................
so thanks to                             ........................................................................ Phone number: ..............................
who found and drew                       Signed by Museum Assistant:             ...................................................................................
the vase.
                                         Today’s date:         /    /                                                   Time:     ....................... am/pm
More Mysteries                                          Albert Hallows
                                                                                                          You write ...
  G’day and congrats on another                            Re : Albert Hallows of Hartington Street.
smashing newsletter. More mystery                       I did not know him, but knew a girl who
photos please. Perhaps when the                         lived in the same street - Miss Linda Allen       Finding Film
Bulletin Board is back up and running on                and a mate I knew, George Bebbington.
your website you could post a pic on there              We were all born around 1946. Does                  Re the letter from John
for discussion. Just a thought.                         anybody remember them?                            Greenhalgh, Mansfield
                                                                                                          Woodhouse in Issue
Alan Cutts, Sydney, Australia (via email)               Harry Livesey,                                    14 page 3. He should
[Ed: The website is going through many changes          Salford (via email)                               try North West Film
at present, so we’ll keep this in mind]                                                                   Archives at web site
                                                                                                          email n.w.filmarchive@m
                                                                                                 or phone 0161
George Coulouris                                        we all wished we were older so we could           247 3097. Although, if it
                                                        stay late. And now I wish I was younger to        was a BBC programme
[Ed: Your letters form an important and interesting     enjoy it all over again.                          he could also contact
part of this magazine, so when we were handed a           The fire and police station at the back of
letter from 43 years ago, written to actor George                                                         them, at Broadcasting
Coulouris, we thought it worthy of printing here. A
                                                        your place. The antics we used to get up          House, London, W1A
small display on the life and work of George can        to make the firemen’s lives unbearable. I         1AA- phone 0171 765
be seen in the LifeTimes Gallery until the end of       wonder do you ever think of these things,         3839.
September 2004. See also Talks @ 2]                     or have you been too busy with life? I think
                                                        you have to be getting old to remember            Roy Bullock, Salford
Dear George,                                            clearly. Just the same, they are pleasant
                                                        memories. I have seen you quite a lot
  I expect you are wondering who the devil              on TV and if I hadn’t known your name I
you know at the above address.
  Let me take you back 50 years - The
                                                        would have said it was your father I was          Poetry
King’s Restaurant, Trafford Road,                         So much for that George. I estimate
Salford on a winter’s night. Sammy and                  your age to be around 60 [Ed: actually 57]        The Point Of
Eveline Knight, Harold Tucker, Tommy                    that is if my memory serves me right.             No Return
Larney, Tom and Alice Porter, the two                   Now I suppose you are wondering who               by A W Jones,
Eavens brothers (Frank burnt to death),                 has written this? Well, Len Nicoll and            Kent (ex-Pendleton)
Anne and Edith Rogers. The two Nicoll                   still going strong. A lot of water has gone
brothers, Tommy Sweatman, Polly,                        down the Canal since we last saw one              I tried to flaunt a rule of time
Freda and Mary (the Jewish family). Do                  another. I am writing this to wish you            And paid a heavy mental fine
you remember? All of them invited to a                  well, and if you ever want a cuppa, well          For years I yearned to
party by your lady mother. A huge trifle                call and see us.                                  wander back
in the middle of a big table about two foot                                                               Along that distant
high, sparkling with silver balls and by                Frank L Nicoll,                                   youthful track
the time we had finished we were fit to                 Little Hulton, Walkden. 4th May 1961
                                                                                                          The friends and places
bust. Happy memories George. And how                                                                      that I knew
                                                                                                          Before I wore the
                                                                                                          airforce blue
                                                                       Just for fun -                     The times we had the fun
                                                                                                          we made
                                                                       milestones                         Stored in my mind like
                                                                                                          priceless jade
                                                                       wordsearch!                        So just last week I
                                                                                                          wandered down
                                                                       The Milestones exhibition          The once loved streets of
                                                                       shows objects that are linked      my hometown
                                                                       to important times in our          The places in my dreams
                                                                       lives, especially births, deaths   of yore
                                                                       and marriages.                     Had disappeared to be
                                                                                                          no more
                                                                       Can you find these objects in      Outwardly I talked
                                                                       the wordsearch? Now can you        and sighed
                                                                       find them all in the exhibition?   But deep inside my poor
                                                                       What is your favourite object      heart cried
                                                                       and why?                           I really tried but failed
                                                                                                          to learn
                                                                                                          Time marches on -
 BONNET                    CRIB                       RATTLE                  WEDDING PHOTO               there’s no return
 HIGH CHAIR                LOCKET                     SUIT                    MOURNING DRESS
 FUNERAL CARD              VEIL                       TABLECLOTH              CHRISTENING GOWN            August 1990
 BABY BOOTS                BOTTLE                     COFFIN                  WEDDING DRESS
Pageant of history
                                                                                  throughout the city. Spectator bleachers
                                                                                  were built in Buile Hill Park at the low
                                                                                  end of a huge, sloping, grassed area,
                                  by J W O’Connor                                 immediately facing the large one-time
                                                                                  mansion, which until recent times was a
I suppose I am old                Yet, to me, one special event of the year       museum. Here, in the open air, with the
enough now to                     1930 is stronger in my memory than              field of well-mown grass as the arena,
consider events that              anything I ate yesterday. I often recall one    a series of short historical plays were
                                  particular July week of that year. It was       staged on each of six evenings, Monday to
occurred when I was
                                  the occasion of my hometown’s 700th             Saturday, for the enjoyment (and, it was
but ten years of age
                                  anniversary celebrations.                       hoped, for the edification) of the entire
to have passed into
history. Of course,               In 1230, Sir Ranulph de Blundeville,
even yesterday’s                  Earl of Chester and Lord of the Manor           There was a total of eight episodes,
lunch is history, but             of Salford, granted the town a Charter,         preceded by a prologue in which the Spirit
my grandchildren and              creating Salford a free borough. We             of Salford and the Spirit of Memory were
great-grandchildren               had reason for pride, for the rival town        both personified, along with Father Time.
think of seventy years            of Mameceaster (now Manchester, and             Following that came the first episode,
                                  contiguous with Salford), did not receive       commemorating the surrender (c AD 71)
ago as ancient history!
                                  its similar charter until more than half a      of our Ancient British ancestors to the
                                  century later - 1301 in fact. Among other       great Agricola of Rome. Together with
                                  benefits of the Charter, each citizen, or       the rest of my family, I ‘acted’ (if I may so
                                  burgess, was given ‘the right of common         dignify my effort on that occasion) in this
                                  free pasture in the wood, plain and             episode, dressed in sandals and saffron
                                  pastures belonging to the town and was          coloured robe, and with my skin coated
                                  free of... the traditional payment made         with red raddle, (the northern version of
                                  for pasturing swine in the wood.’ (Quoted       woad, I suppose). Even my three-year old
                                  from Evelyn V. Vigeon, in ‘Salford’s            sister was similarly attired and painted!
                                  Heritage, Salford...a City and its Past’, Ed.
                                  Tom Bergin, Dorothy N Pearce, Stanley           This early section of the pageant is
                                  Shaw. Pub City of Salford 1974).                extremely vivid to my memory, not
                                                                                  simply because it was one of the two
                                  Many special activities were scheduled          episodes in which I participated, but also
                                  during 1930, but they came to a peak            because of a certain line of dialogue in
                                  during the first week of that July. A great     the play. Hoping to avert the threat of the
                                  pageant had been planned and literally          approaching Roman legions, the Druids
                                  hundreds of citizens, from babes in             called for a sacrifice, and a young woman
                                  arms to the most senior, were involved          stepped forward from the crowd crying:
                                  as voluntary actors in the re-enactment         ‘Take me, I am ready. See! My breast is
Julius Agricola rescues a boy     of various aspects of our city’s history.       bared for the knife!’ To the increasingly
from being sacrificed.            (Salford had been raised to the status of       curious mind of a boy of ten, this was
(Salford Local History Library)   city in 1926.) Several weeks of rehearsal       really daring and titillating. Boys of that
                                  were staged in a number of public halls         age just didn’t use the word “breast” in
                                                                                  public in those days.

The whole of Salford’s history was
encompassed in the seven episodes                                                              You write ...
which followed. Scenes included the
people’s rejection of Wodin worship for
Christianity, the conferring of the Charter    Salford Pageant 1930                        was the dispensary with all its
(of course), a supposed visit to the town                                                  coloured bottles. When our turn
of Guy Fawkes, and the genuine historical         I have been given Issue 14 of            came we entered Dr Dowling’s room
visit of Bonnie Prince Charles in 1745. It     your magazine and I found it most           to find this large grey-haired man
was all very exciting. I was able to watch     interesting.                                with a smiling face, he gave me a
it all from the screened-off players’ area,       I have lived in Salford all my life,     brief examination and said he would
until my next on-stage appearance in           mainly in the Langworthy area in            prescribe a bottle of medicine that
Episode Eight. From early Britain, we          its better days and for some time           would cure the problem. He told my
had progressed to the 1800s and the            now I have been thinking about              mother, ‘You look worse than your
industrial revolution. Once again, this        an event which took place around            daughter. Don’t worry, she will soon
time in ragged, short trousers and torn        1930/31. It was a pageant in Buile          be well.’ We came back out of the
shirt, I was a little street urchin, my face   Hill Park and I think the theme             waiting room and the lady dispenser
smeared with dirt, rather than raddled.        was Merry England. It was a huge            made up the bottle there and then.
There was a villain in this episode, Black     event with hundreds taking part.               I took the medicine and never
Douglas, another real character from the       There was also a competition                suffered from the problem again.
past, the cruel owner of Cripple Mills.        held amongst the schools for the            Of course we had to go back two
                                               production of a poster to advertise         or three times and each time this
The high point of the performance, at          this, which I believe was won by            wonderful old (as he seemed to
least for all we scruffy little boys and       Ena Costello.                               me) man checked me over and
girls, occurred on the last night of the          I cannot recall what the                 pronounced me fit and well, and I
celebrations. During the play, we had          celebration was but I am sure               was!
to pretend we were buying Chelsea              there must be some older folks                 I don’t know what my mother paid
Buns from a street hawker. Each of             like myself who can recall this. Is         for me to see Dr Dowling, although I
the previous evenings our ‘buns’,              it possible you could look into this        do remember her saying how cheap
disappointingly enough, had been only          and perhaps do an item about it             it was. On our visits she had spoken
little blocks of wood, which we pretended      in your next issue? I would dearly          with patients in the waiting room
to eat. For this last performance,             love to ‘read all about it’!                and they had told her that he never
however, some kind citizen had made it                                                     turned anyone away and if they
possible for us to ‘buy’ real buns!            Dorothy M Jackson, Pendlebury               couldn’t pay he would see them for
                                                                                           free. Some years later we heard that
                                               [Ed: Bill O’Connor, from Canada, has sent
In some strange way, possible only with        us his recollections of this event
                                                                                           his son had taken over the practice.
a kind of dramatic licence, the Spirit of      - see opposite page]                        Since that time redevelopment has
Salford made her appearance once again                                                     taken place and Dr Dowling’s rooms
at the tail end of this episode, which         Doctor Dowling                              are now long gone, but his memory
a flourish of trumpets marvellously                                                        will say with me forever.
converted into the Grand Finale. The             Does anyone remember Dr
entire cast paraded its way back into the      Dowling who had rooms near                  Margaret Koppens, Astley Bridge,
arena, the principle actors leading the        Pendleton Church in the 1940s?              Bolton
way, and taking centre stage. Agricola,          As a child of six or seven I was
King Alfred, Sir Ranulph de Blundeville,       unable to play with my friends
John of Gaunt, and ancestors of still          as any exertion caused me to                Where’s Walkden Jenny?
remembered and well-known Salford              pass blood when going to the
families - all were there.                     toilet. I was taken into Bolton               In our last issue we featured a
                                               Royal Infirmary (now demolished)            letter and photo from Miss S Lee of
The whole spectacular week left an             several times and sent home                 Basingstoke looking for a girl last
enduring memory with at least one              pronounced fit. But I still wasn’t          heard of back in 1946. We had three
erstwhile youngster and, I’m sure, with        well. Someone told my mother                phone calls, from Doreen Young,
many others who were then young, up-           about Dr Dowling and what a good            Jean Davis, and Jean Jackson, who
and-coming citizens. Although I now live       specialist he was; he was known             were able to throw some light on
in Canada, I have a great affection for        as the ‘poor man’s specialist’ to           the subject.
the Lancashire town in which I was born        many.                                         Jenny (some knew her as Jane)
and raised to manhood, and a sense of            We went on the bus from Bolton            Statter from Chesnut Avenue went
pride that my fellow Salfordians include       and mother asked to be told when            to Farnworth Grammar School.
such men of yester-year as John Byrom,         we were at Pendleton Church,                She married, becoming Mrs
(author of the carol, Christians Awake),       where we alighted and went to               Miles Lewis (not sure of spelling)
Dr James Joule the physicist, and also         a large house running at right              and emigrated to Australia. It is
the recent, much respected Alistair            angles from the main road, and up           believed her Aunt Alice and cousin
Cooke. Many thousands of miles now             some steps. All around were the             Martin still live locally. There are
separate me, physically, from Salford,         signs of devastation caused by the          several Slatters listed in the local
but there will always be that spiritual        bombs from WWII.                            telephone directory.
link, (how else can I describe it?), which       Once inside we entered a small
causes the heart to give a little leap when    waiting room with benches round             Editor LifeTimes Link
the old place is mentioned in the news!        each side; at one side of the room
                                                                                           ... more of your letters overleaf
 You write ...                                 now? Mr Winstanley was the person
                                               who taught us how to kick with both feet
                                               by making us wear a boot on our non-
Wilfred McCabe MM, MBE                         kicking foot and a plimsoll on the other!
                                               Later, in my career as a teacher sports                    Born and bred a
   I will be 90 years old in July and was in   master, I too made good use of this                     Salfordian in 1923,
the Air Force. Armistice memories are          method with the teams I coached. The                my earliest memories
coming round again, so I thought I would       teacher I remember most at Frederick
                                                                                                      start at three years
root out the citation, which my wife’s         Road was Miss Moore, for she had the
                                               misfortune of taking our class from our
                                                                                                              old, living in
youngest brother received from the King
                                               joining the school to our leaving in July           Bridlington Avenue off
at the war’s end. I believe his medals are
                                               1939.                                              Tootal Road, Pendleton
in the Bury Barracks.
   I remember my younger brother, now            In September of that year I joined the           with my parents, as an
dead, telling me that after fighting their     Salford Grammar School in Leaf Square,                           only child.
way up to Kohima his regiment met up           where I remained until eighteen years of
with the Lancashire Fusiliers and he           age. From there I went to Carmarthen                One year later we moved
met my wife’s brother, Warrant Officer         College in South Wales for two years,               to 2 Bishop Street, which
McCabe, who took him into the Mess             and later into the Education Corps for my                   cornered with Ellor
for a drink. Wilfred, who lived in Higher      National Service. I retired from teaching                 Street, facing Castle
Broughton at the outbreak of war, was,         in 1987.                                            Street and Snapes Brow.
like me, only five foot four inches tall,        So I have much to thank Frederick Road                      This was a simple
which made him conspicuous on any              Boys’ School for, for leading me into my                     home with a small
photographs with tall officers.                Education sphere and for my sporting                 kitchen and living room,
   The Military Medal Citation reads: On       ability.                                                  two bedrooms and a
the 15th May 1940 when his company                                                                     backyard opening to a
were holding the front line at BASSE           Roy Whitehead, Stretford                                common entry, typical
WAVRE on the River Dyle this NCO                                                                         of the working class
personally distributed a hot meal to every     Supposed Mobile Weighbridge                            accommodation of the
man in his company. In order to do this he                                                            time. My Dad, Joseph,
had to cross between the forward posts           I would like to suggest that the supposed           was a welder at Salford
over very exposed ground, which was            mobile weighbridge [Mystery Pics Issue                     Tramways Depot on
under heavy machine gun and mortar             12] is in fact part of a datum point for a            Frederick Road. Mum,
fire. His coolness, cheerfulness and           car economy, or reliability, run or other           Emily, (nee Snape) was a
courage in getting hot food to forward         road trial. It has already been established          milliner at Mr Edwards’
posts under very difficult conditions          that the man in the white overalls is                      House Workshop in
undoubtedly helped to maintain the             a representative of a company with                           Higher Broughton.
morale of the men at a high standard.          automotive connections.
His conduct and example under fire               Examination of the picture shows that                       Though life was a
was most praiseworthy and a valuable           had the supposed ‘workman’s shelter’               struggle, as indeed it was
example to all ranks of his company.           have included the usual coke brazier,               for many, we always had
                                               the resulting explosion would have been                the means to maintain
Fred Hinson, Bury, November 2003               heard over most of Salford. Look at the                a reasonable standard
                                               space between the car and shelter and                    of living. There was a
Frederick Road School                          absolutely plain is a clear glass standard            feeling of togetherness
                                               measure used to deliver an exact amount                    within a closely knit
   I was interested to read in Issue 14        of fuel, usually petrol. This, together with            community of families
the letter from Albert Jones regarding         the very temporary shelter, suggests a              living close to the bread-
Frederick Road Council School. My elder        roadside base for officials and mechanics               line. The streets were
brother, Stan, and I spent our younger         running trials and using what is clearly an           always a hive of activity,
days as pupils of what we knew as              upmarket car.                                       with people making their
Frederick Road Boys’ School. Our family          Whilst your correspondent in Issue 14 is                way about on foot, in
lived in the park lodge, opposite the tram     in no doubt correct about the standard of             horse-drawn carriages
depot and our parents knew the Rev             care lavished on Council employees, I feel                     and motor driven
Tallboy and his family well.                   this is not one such use. By the way, no                 vehicles. The bicycle
   The photograph that you published           one has mentioned what must be one of                 was very popular, being
interested me too because of the notice        Salford’s first Belisha Beacon crossings in              an economical way of
board held by a pupil. I have a photograph     the background.                                        getting to and from the
of the school football team with myself,                                                                            workplace.
as Captain, holding that same notice           Glen Atkinson, Worsley
board, stating Frederick Road 1938-                                                                 Most houses had a cold
39 Juniors. I can remember the two             Send your letters in to:                            water supply only, which
                                               The Editor, LifeTimes Link, 51 Crescent,                  meant that the sole
teachers on the photo, Mr Williams,
                                               Salford, M5 4WX.                                      means of having a hot
the Headteacher, and Mr Winstanley,            Email:
the games master. Four other team                                                                   bath was a kettle full of
                                               Tel/Fax: 0161 736 1594.
members were Jack Griffiths, Hugh                                                                    boiling water on a coal
Sinclair, Stan Edwards, and somebody                                                                   fire, a tin bath on the
                                               Due to space limitations we reserve the right to    rug and a bar of carbolic
called Lowe. I wonder where they are           edit any letters that we do include.
20                                                                                                    soap, or if the weekly
Those Were The Days, My Friend                                                                              by Charles Nicholls

wage would stretch, Lux toilet soap.           At teatime I used to walk down Duchy
I sometimes think back on the street           Road to meet Dad cycling home from the
games and activities; bowl and hoop down       Tram Depot and have a ride back home
Snapes Brow – how it missed the traffic        sat on the carrier over his bike rear wheel
on Ellor Street I’ll never know; the kites     - a great thrill. I remember with fondness
that Dad made me from coloured tissue          playmates Pat Greenwood (sadly killed
paper, cane, and flour and water. Great        as a fighter pilot in WWII), Tony Wagstaff,
fun, especially when they got stuck on         Leslie Brown and Eddie Aston.
a lamppost spire and our kind window-
cleaner came to the rescue. Top and whip,      Serving our small community was
hopscotch, stilts, cigarette-cards, skipping   Maybury’s corner shop, a well stocked
ropes and marbles (we called them ‘allies’)    grocer’s. Otherwise it meant a traipse
were all firm favourites.                      up Bank Lane to the Height Village,
                                               comprising every kind of shop you could             Minden Street, off Duchy Road.
Dad started work early at 7 am and so we                                                           Is that the Garden of Eden in the
                                               imagine, from Tinker’s Chemist to Stott’s
had a knocker-up, a chap who tapped on         the fruiter and Kidd’s fish and chip shop,          (Salford Local History Library)
the bedroom window at 6 am with a set of       not forgetting the ‘cobbles’, a fascinating
thin wire spokes attached to the end of a      stretch of shopping.                                    At ten years old, I frequented
long pole.                                                                                             the Height Library and was
                                               In 1931 we moved to 10 Shirley Avenue on                an avid reader of Richmal
At five years old I started at Halton Bank     the newly built estate opposite the top of              Crompton’s ‘William’ stories
Council School on Bolton Road, next to the     Agecroft Brew on Bolton Road. They were                 with the daring exploits of
Woolpack Inn at the fork of Bolton Road        called ‘sunshine houses’ with a through                 the ‘gang of four’, William,
and Eccles Old Road. The Infants Section       living room at ground level, pleasant                   Douglas, Ginger and Henry.
had its own entrance on Seedley Road.          gardens backing onto a farm field full of               In contrast, I enjoyed reading
However, after five years of freedom,          cows, a paradise away from our earlier                  comics; ‘Funny Wonder’,
the prospect of daily confinement in a         times; though sadly short-lived due to                  ‘Film Fun’, ‘The Joker’,
classroom did not appeal and my Gran           Dad’s prolonged illness causing us to                   ‘Comic Cuts’ and ‘Bobby
had to literally drag me there. Finally I      fall too far behind with our mortgage.                  Bear’s Annual’. These were
succumbed when coaxed with a lunch             Laughable when considering the house                    superseded by the ‘Bloods’
packet of Jacobs biscuits and a rosy apple.    purchase price was £350. So in 1932 we                  a weekly group of boys’
Our headmistress was Miss Waterhouse           returned to rental housing at 12 Saxby                  magazines and comprising
who lived in a nice bungalow facing the        Street at the Height, facing number 9                   Western serials and thriller
school on Bolton Road. Her nephew,             where my Granny Nicholls (nee Prudence                  tales, all of which captured
George Waterhouse, was a classmate up          Proctor) lived with daughter Aunty Gerty                my boyhood imagination.
to leaving the school in 1934 when I won       and where next door but one to us at
a fellowship to De La Salle College on         No 8 lived Uncle Walter and Aunty Doris                 The Height and nearby areas
Weaste Lane facing Buile Hill Park.            Bumby (nee Nicholls). In addition, a few                were and still are blessed
                                               minutes away at No 22 Peacocks Avenue                   with public parkland. I
However, continuing from Ellor Street,         on the Claremont Estate lived Uncle                     relished them all as a boy
at six years old we moved to 2 Minden          George (Dad’s brother) and Aunty Doris                  - Buile Hill, Light Oaks and
Street off Duchy Road, Irlams o’ th’ Height.   (nee Goonan) with daughter Joyce, three                 Oakwood. Many was the
Compared with Ellor Street, Duchy Road         years my senior. Also nearby was Dad’s                  time I was chased from the
was the Garden of Eden, stretching from        eldest sister Violet (Aunty Vi) who lived on            top branches of crab apple
Aston’s Farm at the bottom end of Bank         Bolton Road facing Langworthy Road. So                  and conker trees through
Lane to the entrance to Brindle Heath, a       we were a close knit family, constantly in              Oakwood by the park-
fascinating community of Victorian houses,     touch with knocks at the door at all times.             keeper.
narrow streets and light industries. Duchy
Road was open-spaced with Bolton Road                                                                  Sunday was truly a day of
Playing fields, grazing land for livestock                                                             rest following six days of
of Alton’s Farm and the unforgettable                                                                  heavy manual work for
Dorney’s Hill, a sand based outcrop where                                                              many, though we were often
I often sat and scanned the basin below,                                                               disturbed from having a lie
alive with railway shunting lines and                                                                  in by a cornet player walking
clanking locomotive wagons.                                                                            slowly down Saxby Street at
                                                                                                       7 am!

                                                                                Bishop Street,         My seven years as a pupil
                                                                                off Ellor Street       at De La Salle, from 1934
                                                                                as it looked in        to 1941 was a colourful,
                                                                                                       enjoyable period and I would
                                                                                Local History          like to continue reminiscing
                                                                                Library)               at a later date, if I may.
           Mystery Pix

Salford Local History Library has over 50,000
photos in their collection and unfortunately we
can’t identify some of the donations. Drop us a
line or pop into the Local History Library if you
can help. Open Tuesday-Friday 10am -5pm with
a late night opening on Wednesday until 8pm.

This issues pix ...

1. A school or nursery - possibly in the
  Eccles area.
2. Not even sure if this church is in the
   Salford area!

3. Demolition of houses in Salford - we think!

All three photos in the last issue (see foot of
page) seem to have been identified - but let us
know if you have any other suggestions.
Mrs Sandra Fiddler from Tyldesley thought the
top photo in Issue 14 (bottom left below) was the
nursery on Fitzwarren Street, a couple of blocks
down from Moores Bakery.

The centre photo of the bar c1972 (bottom centre
below) was thought by Mrs Chris Whitefoot to be
the Cumberland Club at the top of Langworthy
Road, but an email from John Edge of Salford
6 says: ‘The photo is, I believe, the Barbarella
which later became the Swinging Sporran and is
now known by yet another name. The barmaid is
Mrs Sally Sweeney and the customer leaning on         2
the bar is Jack Lowther, unfortunately the couple
in the photograph are not known.’

Salford Housing Officer Paul Wilson emailed
us just a few days after the magazine went out
last November: ‘This issue’s Ordsall Mystery Pic
Number Three. Taken in the late 70s, the houses,
pictured from the rear, are numbers 27-33
Buckfield. The brick building in the background
is The Sabre pub, and the tower block in the
distance is Sunnyside Court. The houses were
extensively refurbished in the early 90s and are
now 15-25 Buckfield Avenue, the pub has gone
and sadly so has Sunnyside. To complete the
story the Buckfield site was, prior to the original
Ordsall clearance, the area defined by West Park
Street to the North, Taylorson Street to the East,
Hulton Street to the South and Cavendish Street
to the West. The picket-fenced gardens in the
photo are situated roughly where Clement Street       3
once stood.’ (bottom right below)

                                               Local History
                                                Round Up

Boothstown & District                       Eccles & District History Society           Swinton and Pendlebury Local
Local History Group                         From September 2004 meet at                 History Society
Meet at Boothstown Community Centre         Alexandra House, 395 Liverpool Road,        Meet at Pendlebury Methodist Church,
Contact: Ann Monaghan on                    Peel Green                                  Bolton Road, Pendlebury
0161 736 1594                               Contact: Mr Andrew Cross on                 Contact: John Cook on 0161 736 6191
e-mail:         0161 788 7263
                                            website:             Monday 7 June
Wednesday 15 September                                                                  AGM plus slide show
Yorkshire Coiners - Cliff Stockton          Wednesdays from September - May
Wednesday 20 October                                                                    Monday 21 June
The History of Medicine                     From 7.30pm, visitors welcome, £1.00
                                                                                        Reminiscence Session
- Tony Ridings                              per lecture.
Wednesday 17 November                                                                   All events start 10.15am, visitors
Farewell to Lord Derby                      Irlam, Cadishead and District Local         welcome, £1.00 per event.
- Lizzie Jones                              History Society
                                            Meet at Irlam Library
                                            Contact: Mr JH Heap on 0161 775 7826
All talks start 7.45pm, visitors welcome,                                               Walkden Local History Group
£1.00 per lecture.                                                                      Meet at Walkden Congregational
                                                                                        Church, Bolton Road
                                            Wednesday 16 June                           Contact: Ann Monaghan on
Broughton District                          A Merchant Navy Wife                        0161 736 1594
Local History Society                       - Mrs A Nichol                              e-mail:
Meet at Broughton Library
Contact: Mrs P Dimond on
                                            Wednesday 21 July
0161 798 6382                               A Visit to Norton Priory
                                            Wednesday 15 September                      Worsley Methodist Church
                                            AGM plus guest speaker                      Meet at Worsley Methodist Church,
Monday 14 June                                                                          Barton Road, Worsley
Members Evening                                                                         Contact: Paul Hassall on
                                            All talks start 7.30pm, visitors welcome,   0161 790 5164
July - August
                                            £1.00 per lecture.
Monday 13 September                                                                     Friday 18 June
                                            Salford Local History Society
Salford’s Listed Buildings                  Meet at Salford Museum and Art Gallery      James Nasmyth - John Aldred
- Joe Martin                                Contact: Roy Bullock on 0161 736 7306
Monday 11 October                                                                       From 7.30pm, visitors welcome, £3.00.
The History of Chocolate                    Wednesday 30 June
- Michael Clarke                            The History of Chocolate
Monday 8 November                           - Michael Clarke
Ordsall Hall                                Wednesday 28 July                              Heritage Open Days
- with Les Willis as                        Yorkshire Coiners - Cliff Stockton
                                            Wednesday 25 August                            This nationwide event
Sir John Radclyffe                                                                         takes place from Friday
Monday 13 December                          The Pauper’s Palace - Swinton
                                                                                           10 September to Monday
                                            Industrial Schools
AGM and Social Evening                                                                     13 September at various
                                            - John Cook                                    venues. Details will be
                                            Wednesday 29 September                         available nearer the time
All talks start 7.30pm, visitors welcome,
                                            What the Papers Said                           from Christine Haydon,
£1.00 per lecture.
                                            - Glen Atkinson                                Strategic Support Officer,
                                            Wednesday 27 October                           0161 778 0337
                                            Secret Lancashire and Cheshire                 email: christine.haydon
Eccles Heritage                                                                  
Meet at Eccles Library                      - Mr P Robinson
Contact: Miss Ann Humpage on                Wednesday 24 November
0161 789 2820                               Give My Regards to Broad Street
                                            - Ann Monaghan
Thursday 3 June
Secret Britain - Yorkshire                  All talks start 7.30pm, visitors welcome,
- Peter Robinson                            £1.00 per lecture.

Talk starts 2.00pm, visitors welcome,
£1.00 per lecture.

This calendar of Local History/Heritage activities is based on information supplied by the individual organisations and is
believed to be correct at the time of going to press. It may be advisable to confirm details in advance of attending an event
as due to improvement work on Local Authority owned buildings, some venues may change.
Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Peel Park, Crescent, Salford M5 4WU                         A5
Tel: 0161 736 2649 • Fax: 0161 745 9490                       80
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Salford Local History Library                                              M6
at Salford Museum & Art Gallery:
Open: Tues, Thurs and Fri 10.00am-5.00pm                                                                                           Salford Museum
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and Weds 10.00am-8.00pm
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Free parking, gift shop,
limited disabled access

Working Class Movement Library
51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX
Tel: 0161 736 3601 • Fax: 0161 737 4115
Open: by appointment only
Tues-Fri 10.00am-5.00pm (late night Weds 7.00pm)

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