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Historic maps of Collyhurst and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Collyhurst maps

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Collyhurst area books

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Memories of Collyhurst

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Gervis Road Collyhurst Flats 1945-1964

My name is Tom Smith, I was born in 17 Gervis Rd, Collyhurst flats in August 1945. My dad was Jack Smith and my mam was Ada; there were 6 kids, John, Mary, James, (me) Andrew, and Arthur. To me the flats were a maze to play in for hours when it was wet. When the sun shone we played cricket out front using a lamp-post as a wicket, an old board as a bat, and usually an old popped tennis ball, but god forbid if you ever managed to hit a window! We spent hours playing on Barnys Hills and always came home stinking and wet, so it was a clout off mam and a bath. The river Irk was another favourite; I loved the way it would be different colours depending on what effluence was being pumped into it further up from the river. I remember playing on a lake called Lankies(?) at least that's what we called it. The Jacobs cracker factory was across a small river.... Read more

Happy Days

My name is Marina Lord (nee Jones). I lived with my mam, dad, 3 sisters and one brother at 100 Sherwood Street, Collyhurst. I have happy memories growing up there. My mam was called Ethel and my dad, William, my elder sister was Ethel, then it was me, then the twins, Margaret and Ellen, and last but not least, Raymond. We all went to St Oswalds School with fond memorries of Miss Appleby and Mr Mather in particular, my friends were; Clare Small and Bernice Stuart. Among others I remember the green grocers on Rochdale Rd (I think it was plants) and the chip shop on the corner. There was a garage at the end of our row and the front of it came on to Rochdale Rd with the petrol pumps on Collyhurst Rd! I remember a family living facing us called Dodd, I was friendly with the daughter Rita. My father always used to go for a drink in the Railway club and the Queens on Queens Rd.... Read more

Living in Collyhurst

I remember when my mum, dad and myself moved to Collyhurst. My mum was delighted to be back as she and dad where both born in Collyhurst; she lived in Livsey Street and dad in Pilling Street. We moved from Hulme because dad had a bad chest, so we got a two bedroom flat in Dalton Court where we had great times. Dad use to like playing cards in the Robert Tinker on Dalton Street at dinner times, whilst mum got a job as a warden looking after elderly.Time quickly moved on and I left school which was Saint Margaret Clittherows on Osborne Street. Mum used to love to go out on a Saturday and Sunday night with her sister Vera and aunt Winnie to the Osborne House. The landlord was John Doyle, who kept a fantastic pub. Talent night was great; Tony Freeman, Stan Booth and Gerry (compere). Sadly, my dad passed away in 1976 so my mum used to take me with her although I was 17 at... Read more

Windsor Street

I used to live on Windsor Street. My name was Rita Meuse, my mum and dad were Sid and Irene. I used to go to the Tin School and had a brother called Cyril, he was in the cubs. I used to swing on the lampost with my friends. We went to Brennans for a hot vimto and one penny bar of cadburys. My dad had a works van that did not have any brakes, as the street was very steep we had to wait for him to get home with bricks, to put under the wheels and in the morning we had to take the bricks away - very scary. I remember the bag of chips with fish scrapings and sliding down the hill at the river Irk on a makeshift sledge, we couldn't stop so always ended in the river. I have a lot of memorys. Rita

Pilling Street Memories

My gran and aunty Margaret were the last to move out of Pilling Street. I remember Lizzie Whites shop on the corner, playing on chippys roof, sitting on the railway wall and looking over to the turntable - there was no electric. I remember the accumulator man bringing the battery and sitting round the table on Sunday listening to Jimmy Clitheroe. The snow started Christmas Eve that year, and playing out late sliding down to the bottom of the street. The Whit Walks were a time for dad's family to get togeather in the Clock Pub and us kids outside with a bottle of mineral and crisps. Do you remember Beasties wagons and the shunting trains across Rochdale Road that disappeared near the Thumbsup pub? Only have great memories of this area.

Collyhurst Flats, Southern Drive

Lived at 17 Southern Drive, went to St Oswalds. One of my memories was helping Harry the firewood lad; he used to sell firewood from his handcart. Marco real ice-cream. Harry Wilkinson in the chip shop - if you put your hands on the counter, he would put a hot pudding tin on them. Bonfire Night in the circle of the drive. A lady called, Fat Ronnie, running off with the money for our Coronation Party. The headmaster, Mr Mather or Mr Plum as he was called, by all the kids at St Oswalds. Fannie Raynors shop where you could get tick until pay day. Lots of good memorie; Whit Walks, playing in the sand park and on the railway lines on Thornton St. The Collyhurst picture house, the Empress and the Osbourn. How times have changed, we all felt safe playing out. Yes, they were the days...gone forever

My Memory of Collyhurst

My name is Denise, I lived at 14 Churnet St (bottom end) near Collyhurst Rd from 1955 until 1967 when we had to move in the clearance. We were 4 doors down from Woolams clog works, Mr Woolam used to let us in and let us watch him make the clogs, it was great kept us quiet for a while. I went to the Tin school, then on to Albert Memorial, does Anyone remember the club on Friday nights in the cellar at the Tin school called 'the spook'? Me and Christine Ryder used to go, we were only 11 and you had to be 15 to get in, we were always asked "how old are you?" but we had the right date in our heads ready to tell him. I loved going there it made us feel grown up. We would buy a pair of seconds stockings from a shop near the herbalist on Rochdale Rd. Sometimes they would just have a pull in them but my mate got... Read more


My name is Carole McCarthy (nee MALONE) I was born in December 1951 in a maternity unit on Rochdale Road near to the Embassy Club. I lived in Copper Street in Collyhurst which had Barney's at the bottom of the street and the Osbourne House at the top of the street on the other side of Rochdale Road. There was a herbalist on my side of the road and I thought I was very grown up when my friends and I went in and had hot vimto and sat on the wooden benches. Further along the road was a toffee shop, I think it was called Stovers, it had big metal boxes into which all the little bits of left over sweets were put and we used to go in and ask for twopenny worth of waste. It was great cause you never knew what sweet you would get to taste. I went to St Patrick's School until the age of 11 when along... Read more

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