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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

Street Lights With Amrs.

Hi, Herbert here. As a very small boy, locked away in my head, I suddenly remember street lights; they were funny street lights with arms. Well, every night a man used to light them when it were going dark -in those day electric was unheard of. In the morning he would come along and put the flame out. On the street lamp, just above the arms, were windows and a door to open so the man could light it. Inside were small little gas mantles, the type we had in the house on the wall; when the old mantle burnt out, we went to the shop on the corner for a new one - most shops stored them at that time. We took ration books. And most of all, what I do remember is hundreds of brown bugs came out of the plaster of the walls, enough to make anyone sick. Thats all folks, for now, what memories for small boy.

Open Fire Range.

Back in the good old days, I remember mother polishing this big open fire range. To me at that time it look like a monster, but she polished it till you could see your face in it; she were very proud of the fire place. On each side of the fire place there were two shelves. On one side was a large cast iron pan where she would put Quaker oats in breakfast for me before I go to school, and the rest of the family too; my sister would dish mine up for me - mam & dad at work. Week-end, meaning Sunday, there was a nice warm fire with two buckets of water boiling for my bath; Mam would go into the back yard and bring in the house a big long tin bath and wash me ready for Monday morning school.

My Top Ten Memories of Collyhurst

I also remember Christmas1948, going out the side front door and seeing everywhere were covered with snow. It were so cold but it were beautiful. Now bonfire night were somethink else, we held our bonfire top of our street, Bright Street, later it had changed its name and became Brigg Street. People came from street to street, carrying black peas parkin cake, home made meat & potato pie & jackets potatoes, bottles of sherry, at least 50 to 60 people, maybe more. Flames from the fire reached the top of the houses and the sparks filled the sky - so fantastic. My best friend lived next door at 7 Bright Street, James Moloney - his mother, Molly, wonderful lady. By the way, I lived at number 9. We spent hours together, only trouble were we had two older brothers, mine John, James' brother Lorance who always stirred it for us, so we would fight each other, always winding us up for their kicks.... Read more

My Collyhurst.

Hi,my name is Margaret Mcdonagh (nee ward) a proud Collyhurst girl. I was born in 72 Thornton St North. My parents were Elizabeth and John Ward, my brothers John, Billy, Harry, Mike and my little brother Phil. My sisters names Jean, Ann and last but not least, Lynn. I have so many wonderful memories of Collyhurst. My friends, Lynn Beaumont, Susan Beard, Eileen Coates and many more. I also went to Abbot St School, St James and Albert Memorial school, where I met my life long friends Betty Briggs and Barbara Mcdougal. I was in St James' church girls brigade. We often went to Queens Park and the sand park, being chased out by the parky, going to the coal yard with an old pram, getting back home with bird droppings in my hair from under the arches. Playhouse Saturday mornings for a tanner. If it was your birthday, you went on the stage. Everyone came out slapping their own backsides... Read more

St Patrick's School

I was born to Michael and Mary Murray (nee Williamson) at 79 Reather Street - a long terrace street running between Rochdale Road and Oldham Road about a mile and a half from the city centre. I remember going to Osborne Street public baths and washhouse with my mother on a Saturday morning and the corner shop on Reather Street., where my mother used to get groceries 'on tick' each week. I remember going to Bogart Hole clough during school holidays with sugar and cocoa wrapped in newspaper and the long walk home. I also remember going to collect coal in a handcart whilst my father and mother were at work - my dad as a postman and my mother at the nearest rubber factory where she made Phillips leather soles; I also remember the smell from the boneworks near where she worked. I remember the Whit Walks and the excitement of getting dressed up and being part of the processions that started off at St Pats and finishing... Read more

Beautiful Memories.

Hello. I was born at Crumpsall Hospital 1945 and lived at 59 Dalton St, for seven years. Mother is named Eileen and dad was Fred. I had an older sister Barbara. My Aunty Peggy and Uncle John lived a few doors down - they had three sons, Bob, Malcom and Ian. My dad worked on the docks and I remember well, I think it was the lamp lighter coming to wake him up in the early hours of the morning by tapping on the bedroom window. My grandfather was a Rag and Bone man and often came down Dalton St. Have many happy memories of playing whip and top, hopscotch and ball on the railway wall. I remember my friend Teddy Peacock and his sister Shirley. I went to St. Catherines and my 1st teacher was Miss Jelly, who taught from a lectern, a rather tall skinny lady. We used to say "Miss Jelly had a wooden belly and... Read more

Warts And All

From Ethel Charnock to Ethel Middleton when I migrated and married an Australian. I was born in 1933 attended St James Church of England, the eldest of four kids, two sisters and one brother. We lived in Needwood Street off Rochdale Road. I was five when we moved into Collyhurst flats, Kingsley Crescent. From having no hot water on tap or electricity, it was like we had moved into a palace. Turn on the tap and hot water came out, switch on the light instead of lighting the gas mantle. Instead of the old zinc bath in front of the fire in which we took turns, we now had a bath we could stretch out in. Mam had it easier with washing and ironing, instead of heating the iron on the coals, she had an electric one, also an electric boiler this helped her heaps, instead of all the scrubbing on the washboard. Dad was demobbed out of the army, we were a complete family again. D Day came... Read more

Collyhurst Flats

I was born Heather Pickering in 1952 and lived from there on in Collyhurst Flats. I also remember playing on Barnies tip and getting into trouble from my mother for doing so. I went to St James primary school and left there and went on to Harpurhey High. My mother also went to Osborne Street wash house, but she used to go on a Wednesday and on this day during the winter we would have home made ham and pea soup. I used to love Bonfire Night when bonfires would be feet away from the flats. I loved collecting wood and old furniture weeks before and stealing spoils from rival gangs. On Bonfire Night my dad would buy fireworks - there was little Health & Safety then as he allowed us to light them ourselves on occasions. I remember going to buy my dads 'fags' every night, trotting off to the herbalist on Rochdale Road and the reward for doing this chore was a few penny sweets. I used to... Read more

The Good Old Days

I was born in Collyhurst Flats in 1967. We lived in Winterton Road and I went to Malachys. We lived on the same side as the Mayottes and the Broadys.

I Used to Come From South Manchester to St Oswald's Church With my Mum &Dad 1967ish

I remember coming from the other side of Manchester because my Mum and Dad (Betty & Dennis Turner - Dad was lay reader in the church for that time). I was for that time only 8 years old. I remember the school next to the church. The children used to go for a day out across to Broad Oak Primary School which was my school. I remember the church being very cold! My mum and Dad used to run a Bible club on one evening a week. It was a good experience for me as a child as I remember Collyhurst being quite run down. I remember going Carol singing in the flats and a lot of us got stuck in the lift. I remember the Columbines, didn't one or two of them sing in the choir? I also remember the houses starting to be knocked down and people were still living in them. I did a sponsored walk across Manchester for that church and there was a fish... Read more

Foreland Ave.

I lived in Foreland Ave in the 70s and went to St Malachy's... had so much fun. Went to Electric Circus to see the Buzzcocks. My best friends were the Beaumonts - Steve, Barry and Graham. All passed away now and sadly missed. My other friends were John Mahon, Mike Gill and Graham Brindley. If anybody knows their whereabouts please would you let me know.

Alma Street Collyhurst

Anyone remember this street

Collyhurst 1970s

Hi, Jo Parnell here and we lived at Southern Drive. I went to St James primary 1974. I remember having a lot of freedom to wander. Does anyone remember the electric circus ? I'd love to see some photos of the flats. I remember still going to the wash house in Miles Plating with mam and a pram filled with laundry. If you know me or family let me know!

Collyhurst Dwelling

My dad's family lived in the Collyhurst dwellings around 1910 - 1940 not sure exact dates; their name was Hill and there were 12 in all, 6 brothers and 6 sisters. Does anyone remember any of the Hills? If so, it would be nice to hear from you. Michael's daughter, Angela.

The Boardmans

Hi, my name is Janice. Does anyone remember William & Sarah Ann Boardman (nee Hickson) living on Osborne Street in early 1900's? They brought my grandmother Alice (b1904), their niece, up from the age of two. She went to Abbot Street School. I know it's a long time ago but I am hoping someone somewhere might just remember something. Thank you

St Catherine's School

I went to St Catherine's school in Collyhurst in the 1940s and 1950s, does anybody remember this school? I cannot find any records or memories from my school, is there anybody out there who remembers me, Jean Duffy?

In my class I remember Edna Moss, Madge Connolly, Jeanette McDonald, Irene Dunn, Margerie Hughes, Lillie Ellis, Joan Pedder, Pat Ashmore, David McMillan, Clifford McDonald, Tommy Summers, Eddie Wareing and Ken Storah.

I will be grateful to hear from anybody with any memories of those days. I often wonder how they all are as I grow older, as I haven't seen anybody from my school days for around 58 years!

Kind Regards,
Jean Hodkinson nee Duffy.

We Are Cousins

My name is Pauline Radcliffe (nee Barrow) and I think the lady who lives in Canada is my cousin Margaret. I too, lived on Arnold Street, Collyhurst, a few doors away from my gran where you lived with my uncle John. My dad was his brother, Ernie. I had 7 brothers and sisters and my mam was Ellen Barrow. I would love to hear from you. Please send me a private message and I will reply.

Memories of Collyhurst

We moved to collyhurst in the 60's I lived at 6 Central Drive, my name then was Wilds. I went to St Malachy's school, my teacher was Miss Hugh's. I also remember Miss Le-hey and Sister Madeleine. When I was about 13/14 I helped behind the counter at Dobsons. My parents were Mary and Jimmy, my sister Linda and brothers Tommy and John. I remember Rafflo the ice-cream man, Bristow the coal man, Fanny Raynors, Winnie in the sweet shop, playing on the itchy, the sand park. Going to the pictures on Saturday mornings, loads of people - Mrs Ash Worth, Mrs Holland who used to live underneath, the Berries lived above - too many to mention. My best friend was Carol. Lots of happy memories.

Collyhurst Flats

My grandparents grew up in Collyhurst, when they got married they lived on Elizabeth Anne Street. They were Betty and Jim Butterworth - my dad Jimmy and aunty Maureen were born there. Then they moved to Blackley. When I was born we moved back to Collyhurst on Forland Ave. Some of our happiest memories are in Collyhurst.


Hi, Does anyone remember Stanley Hicks and Toney Costin?

Beech Mount Maternity Hospital, Harpurhey

My name is Lorna Fielding (nee Singleton), I was born in Beech Mount Hospital Harpurhey, which was in Oak Bank Street, Harpurhey, on 2nd November 1951. I had a sister Hilary Rhoda Singleton who was born 17th June 1961 in Clifton Road, Eccles, Lancashire. She was adopted in 1964 to a couple called Edward Patrick Cooke and Clara Cooke (nee Cassidy), who lived at 29 Copper Street, Collyhurst some time in 1962 - she would have been approx. 9 months old. If anybody has any information as to the whereabouts of Hilary now or anything at all about her or the Cookes, please can you get in touch with me. My email address is I would really like to find her and meet her if possible.

Hilary Rhoda Cooke, Nee Singleton

I am looking for my sister Hilary Rhoda Singleton who was born 17th June 1961 in Clifton Road, Eccles. She was adopted by a couple called Edward Patrick Cooke and Clara Cooke (nee Cassidy) who lived at 29 Copper Street, Collyhurst, Manchester some time in 1962 - she would have been approx. 9 months old at the time of the adoption. I would really like to hear from her or meet her. If anyone has any imformation at all about her whereabouts or knows anything about her or the Cookes; can you please contact me, my email address is

St James School

My maiden name was Barrow and I was born 1937. I went to St James School and remember Mr Roe, the headmaster. In the last class it was Mr Cathcart and remember teachers in the nursery class as Mavis said; two very nice ladies. I lived in Arnold St with my dad and Grandma, there was the Fenntons who lived at the bottom of the street whose father gave piano lessons. Tracy's grocery on the corner of our street. When I left school I started work at Akroys making shirts and PJ that was a couple of streets from me, forgot the name. I got married at 18 had three boys, lived in Blackly then Winsford, Cheshire. Then in 1955 emigrated to Canada and still married - have 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. It would be nice if anyone remembers us. Cheers, from Canada.

St James School

Does anyone remember Lizzie Tinker who lived in Nicolson Street, and Annie Reid? Lizzie's children; Mary, John, Fred, Madge and Ethel. Annie's children; Billy and Sylvia. Mary's children are; Gloria, Jimmy, Anne, David and Elaine (Casson). Lizzie lived at 77 Nicolson Street, Mary lived near The Mechanics pub.

Thornton St

Does anyone remember my mother's family who lived at 57 Thornton St when my mother Isabel Birchall was born in 1927? Her parents were William and Mary and her brothers Harry, Bill, Thomas and her sister Alice. She ended up living in Failsworth where I was born in 1953 but I don't know when they moved. It's been fun reading everyone's memories to see what life here was like. Some of the memories of events like Whitsun and Bonfire night and childhood games were exactly like I remember.


The day I was born,1942 Bright Street off Reather Street. I remember Osborn St wash house, went with Mam. I also remember a pub next street to ours called Blue Bell. I went in there for a pint of mild at the age of seven and was served - for an old lady who were bed riden. I used to get my ice cream from Carlo's, top of Reather St. Went to Abbott St school, my Headmaster Mr Warbington. I have too many memories, even my first love, a girl at the time, Rose Conway.

Living Above The Shops Thornton st North

We moved to Collyhurst (60 Thornton St North) in 1966/67 and I have always considered myself a Collyhurst girl. I absolutely loved it there and used to play on the railway line at the back of the flats. I remember the off licence, walking to Granelli's on a Sunday because nowhere else was open and the baby clinic where you got that horrible orange juice. The neighbour I remember most was Mr Tom next door, I was 7 in 1967 he was about 70 but he was my best friend for a while. I went to St James school, remember mr Cole? I danced my first dance at the youth club near the police station; I am mixed race so there was prejudice, but I could scrap so didn't have too many problems LOL. My mum was called June and we were 5 girls and 1 boy. My mum used to go to a woman in the flats opposite my school to get her... Read more

Tin School

I went to the Tin School (must have been the very early 70's). We lived on the 'Wimpey' estate and after the Tin School, I went to Moston Brook Secondary. I now live in Canada and did a google search to try to see the school, but was sad to find out it has been demolished. Is there anyone out there that has any photos of the school? I remember it had a cicular balcony around a lawn, and one time we went exploring in the basement that ran under the balcony area. I think (as far as I can recall) my teacher was Mr. Parkinson. One of my class mates (can't remember his name) was really good at drawing and lived on Naismeth St in Smedley. Some kids that went to the school lived at Kennett House (now demolished). Is there anyone out there that also went to the school in the early 70's or lived on the Wimpey Estate in the 1970's? Does anyone know when the Tin... Read more

Growing up in Moston

I lived in Bordale Avenue and went to Lily Lane School. I had lots of friends but only one special friend who was like a sister to me, her name was Joyce Owen and we remained good friends up to our late teens then we both married and sadly lost contact. I think of her often and wonder what she is doing now. I am now 65 and she will be 66, I'd like to think she would read this and get in touch. My brother, Harry still lives in the same house in Bordale Avenue. I often think of our childhood playing in the shed in her back garden, the things we got up to! We had hours of fun, I miss her so much..

Queen's Rd..

Hi, I was born in 1953 in Beech Mount Hosptal. I had two sisters, Carolyn and Deborah and three brothers, Billy, Gary and Wayne. We lived on Queen's Rd and went to St Malachy's. I had my last year at St Edmund's, then onto Blessed Margaret Clithero's. I lived opposite The Alex's pub, I knew Ged and Julie Ironmonge. Also on Queen's Rd lived Michael and Ged Walsh, also the Robin Hood pub with Phillip Hynman, not sure of the spelling for that. My mum went to Osborn Bath's with the pram piled high for washing, we went too. Also remember the herbalist on Rochdale Rd, were you could sit and have Dandelion and Burdock with icecream, and loved going to Queen's Park too. I had friends who lived in the flats, called Carol Beaumont and Marie Tarpey and Ann Mcllenon. My brother Billy was in St Malachy's pipe band, he also worked in the Rubber Work's. Loved the Whit... Read more

Gloria Cassons' Memories of Collyhurst

Hi, I'm Gloria Casson, born in Crumsull Hospital. I went to St James School and St James Church. My mother's name was Mary Casson, I lived in Collyhurst Flats, Southern Drive - the eldest of 10 children. I remember going in Fanny Rayner's Shop. I played on the River Herk when I was a child. My gran went to the wash house on Osborne Street. My neighbours were called Charlie Beard and Susan Beard, they lived above me in the flats. Dad and uncle's all went in the Swan Pub on Rochdale Road. If you remember the Tinker's and Casson's from Collyhurst flats, please let me know.

War Time

I was born in Northern Ireland and lived in Belfast. One night the German Lufwaffa bombed Belfast - there were 1000 or more were killed that night. I and my brothers and sisters were evacuated to my home town in Lurgan in Co Armagh. I was brought over to Manchester and went to live with my aunt, Margaret Brown in Alfred St Harperhay. Then my father and I got a house in Teighnmouth St, Collyhurst. I was 13 and a half. I was put to school at St Patricks School until I was 14, then started work in Avroes in Newton Heath where the Lancaster Bomber was produced. I worked day and night shift for 14 shillings a week. There used to be a little shop at the end of the street where i was sent to buy a few ounces of spam, the lady of the shop was kind and I was happy there. My brothers and sisters came over from Ireland bit by... Read more


Is it just me or has anyone from Collyhurt experienced or heard about paranormal happening in and around houses. My friend lived on Lashbrook Close and her house has a lot of paranormal activity. I've stayed there a couple of times it has an eery atmosphere, its quite spooky if you ask me. It would be great if you're reading this and have experienced or heard of something similar - would be great to hear your story, please comment, thanks, Shannon.

Surprised That There Has Been no Replies to Me??????

Well, I would like to say that I replied to a number of members on this forum who kindly replied back to my messages to them, I must say though that I am surprised and disappointed that no one has replied to my posting, some members must of frequented or still do some of the places, pubs or clubs that I mentioned and also the people or friends that I know or who have unfortunately passed away, I was hoping that I may of got a reply to help me locate a few of my friends who I have lost contact with. I have mentioned below the persons that I still have contact with and the ones that I would like to gain contact also. Surely some of the members can help me on this. People like Nat Jacobs (the boxer), who fought for the British title as a pro - I still go for a pint with Nat and keep in touch, I first met him when I... Read more

People And Friends That I Knew or Know, And Places That I Worked at

I lived on Lilley Street (off Queens Road) and used to go in: The Bottom Derby, The Osborne House, The Milan, The Forresters, The Salvage, the Robin Hood and occasionally Bernard Mannings Embassy Club. I used to go out with the landlord's daughter at the Robin Hood, she was called Sheila Inman whom I believe went to live in Australia, not a bad judge but to mention a few pubs that is, not girls. Did anyone else go in these Pubs? They were always lively and full of music or live bands where everyone would join in - those where the days, hey. I worked at Mather and Platts, Holts's Brewery, Acme Tin Works, the Regent Mill and the Warwick Mill as a Doffer, and Turkey Lane works. Anyone else work in the mills? I guess you must of. I would love to hear from you. Peole or friends that I knew or still know, unfortunately a few of them have sadly passed away. Nat Jacobs (the boxer), who fought... Read more

Albert Memoriel School And Collyhurst Flat

I lived in Collyhurst Flat at no 10 Foyners Dr. Went to the Albert Memorial School. My nan had a shop in Thorton St, name Fanny Rayner. Knew a lot of people are the cooper Jimmy and Pat, it was nice to hear of Linda Whalen I remember David Lane's mother went in my nan's shop.

Teddy Peacock, I've actually been in your house! Remember Freddy Turley? Late night final? Remember Millie who lost her son cleaning the C.I.S windows - it devastated her. I loved the Playcentre at Abbott Street, especially O'grady says! Remember the mobile showers that came to St Cathrines' and how about those little beds they put us in after lunch? I used to see your mam in Peggys shop where we all got tic? How about that girl who lived bottom of Dalton Street, she went on Carol Lewis Junior Discoveries - I think her name was Holt. I hated that lady with the callipers at the Rex cinema she would never let me in for an A. I had to stand their for ages saying to people "will you get me in please?". Our family lived down the fifty three steps near the Irk and when it overflowed, it came right up to the front door. I loved it when a new family moved into Vauxhall Street and... Read more

Long Last Greatgran

My name is Trish Mcculloch. My great grandmother was called Cathrine Rosenburne, later to become Mrs J Mcculloch. She was laid to rest from St Patricks Church to Moston Cemetery. If anyone knows about her before she died, that would be good. We think her husband was called James or Josphe.

The Tin School And Churnet Street, Manchester

Does anyone remember Beryl Hughes (formally Collinge) married to Robert Hughes and lived in Churnet Street, Manchester up to 1965? My brothers, Robert and Glynn and sister Janine went to the Tin School and to St Oswalds church. The teachers I remember in the Tin School were; Josephine Graham and Miss Bagnall. Unfortunately, my dad died in a car accident on Talbot Road in 1965 and we moved to Whitefield. Someone may also remember my family; Eileen, Shirley and Barbara Columbine. I would appreciate anyone getting in touch who knew my parents. Kind regards, Jayne Hughes 07720557864


I too was born in Collyhurst and we lived on Providence Place. My brother went to the tin school and we have a photo of him walking in the Whit Walks. Marcell Guest Paints is now on the site of Providence Place and they have old pictures of Collyhurst in the factory. My dad first lived in Collyhurst flats on the banks of the River Irk, his name was Ernie Dignam, we are also related to the Kenyons and Hamnetts who were also born round here. My grandad, Thomas Dignam played football with Billy Dale and according to my dad was a great footballer. We moved from Collyhurst after the train went over the bridge in 1953 when I was three years old.

Collyhurst Buildings

May 3rd 2012, I was born at number 3 Collyhurst Buildings, Manchester, England. The fourth daughter of Mary (Cissy) McCarley, and her husband, Joe. My sisters were Mary, Winifred, Margaret, and Vera. There was a son, John Joseph, who died as an infant. We all attended St. Chad's school, Cheetham Hill. Our home was 'The Dwellings' where we lived throughout the war years, apart from the time Vera and I were evacuated and lived in Darwen. Missing our family, we were finally reunited, and returned home to the flats. Later, (our father, deceased) Mam, Margaret, Vera and I moved to live on Susan Street where I was married to an American serviceman at St. Patrick's church in Manchester. I now live in at 8937 Covina St San Diego California, USA. I would love to hear from former residents of the Dwellings, or St. Chad's church! Frances (McCarley) Cross

Abbot Street School

We moved from Northumberland to Collyhurst after the war. My Dad worked at Victoria Station and my Mum got a job at Phillips Soles and Heels. We lived on Knoll Street which was next to the railway and had the gas works at the bottom of the street. At the top of the street was an old man who had a wood shack with a fence round who we called Chippy, he sold firewood. In those days we all had open fires. I remember a family called Marsdons, O'Donnell, Walton and Sweeny. My brother played with a boy called Paddy Price. Next door to us lived a family called Jones. I remember some of my friends, Brenda Crowe, Stan Wilson, John Parker, Sylvia Smith, Brenda Kennedy. We went to Bolton Abbeywith school and to the Festival of Britain - so long ago. It was a great school, Mr.Warburton was the Headmaster while I was there. I remember the Queen's coronation and the street parties. My maiden name was Appleton and... Read more

Barnies Hills.

I always played on Barnies Hills, there was a big hill, we called it the hill, it had a big dip on top where you hid which we often did when we heard our mams shouting us to go in. Then there was the rafts we made to go sailng. In winter you could skate on the thick ice.


I was born in Kingsley Crescent in the flats and proud of it, I am, the people were so friendly. I remember playing cricket with Carlo Satori, he became a footballer for Man United. And also making a swing on the lamp post. The rag and bone man used to come and we would follow him round asking for a balloon. I used to love going to the shops for my mam to Brennans and Mays the pawn shop. If I remember rightly, was there a shop called Duckworths and two elderly ladies would be serving? I think it was a clothes shop and you could also buy needles and thread. And when I got to sixteen I started going in the Palladium Club, the Salvage to the Esseldo pictures. I got married and lived in Central Drive, used to take my kids to the sandpark and my little girl to Willert Street nursery, does anyone remember that? I could go on and on.

The Tin School

I went to the tin school from 1962 until 1966, I had to leave the school as our house on Eggington Street was compulsory purchased by the council and demolished. I remember enjoying my time at the school and I had a teacher in kindergarten called Miss Bagnall, I also had friends called Anita Morell, Julie Charters and Margaret Shabo, there was also an African girl in my class called Belinda, I have a couple of school photos and remember the patch of grass in the middle of the school buildings where we had our class photos taken and where I won a Arrow bar sweet for winning the wheelbarrow race!! happy times!

Info For Tony Graham

I remember David Lane from Central Drive who was a singer with 'The Mudlarks'
Here's some info;

They were a family group from Luton, Bedfordshire, originally comprising Jeff Mudd (born 1935), Fred Mudd (1937-2007),[2] and Mary Mudd (born 1939).[3] According to press releases at the time, they all had jobs at the Vauxhall motor plant in Luton, and spent their spare time singing together.[3] In 1958 they attracted the attention of BBC Radio disc jockey David Jacobs, who won them an appearance on the Six-Five Special TV show, and a recording contract with EMI's Columbia label.[3]

The Mudlarks' first release "Mutual Admiration Society" was unsuccessful, but their second, a cover of the American novelty song, "Lollipop", originally recorded by the duo Ronald and Ruby, and more successfully by The Chordettes, rose to #2 in the UK Singles Chart.[1][3] They followed this with another UK Top 10 hit, a cover of The Monotones' "Book of Love".[1][3] At the end of 1958, the Mudlarks were voted top British vocal group... Read more

The Sand Park

We lived in 41 Northern Drive, as kids we would play for hours in the sand park. We would watch women working in the Acme tin works, with the big steel presses banging down, making cake tins, cheese graters, kids' tin buckets. No safety gards in those days. You would very often see the women with rags rapped around their hands. This was, I surppose, to help stop the tin from slicing their hands. My friend;s mum worked in the Acme canteen. After school Judith Wildman used to shout to her mum below the canteen window. Her mum would launch 3 blue ribbon biscuits down to us. The local corner shop was known as Dadders, he had a penny, twopenny and theepenny tray. I can remember strips of Aspros and cards with hairnets on, Fennings little lung healers and their cooling powders [for babies]. My mam would send us to buy 5 Woodbines. That was at the age of 7, when children were safe to go to the shop, to... Read more

Northern Drive, Collyhurst

Hi everyone, my family lived in Northern Drive from 1955 - 1966. I lived with my granparents, Jake Winter and Flo his wife. I remember the [flats] street parties we had at Whit Week. My uncle Norman used to play the accordian, the grown-ups used to have a good old knees up.Then all hell would let loose, the catholics would call the prodidogs. We kids thought it was great fun, although the language was blue at the time. I went to the Albert Memorial School, infants and new secondary, opened by HRH Princess Margaret no less. I went to a school reunion at the Lancaster Club, then run by my good friend Ann Kyte. That was 12 years ago [doesn't time fly] .Mr Hollingshead, who was our English teacher, was there. Does anyone remember Mr Rodgers [Dogger as he was fondly known]? He was our maths teacher. Also Miss Openshaw, Mr Murphy, Mr West who had a heart attack whilst taking a music leason. My friend Elizabeth Graham saved his... Read more

From The Beginning!

I was born in 1938 in Needwood Street off Rochdale Road. My Mam and Dad were allocated a new flat in Kingsley Crescent when I was a year old so all my memories are of the 'flats'. I, along with my two sisters and one brother, went to St James. I was 3 years old when I went to school and of course the war had started so it was necessary for each child to carry a little gas mask with us. The teachers were Miss Lock and Mrs Fellows. A more caring couple of ladies you would never find. They loved us and we loved them. Our headmaster at St. James when we got in the big school across the road from the nursery part was Mr Wm. Roe. Complete silence fell when he walked into a classroom. He was feared and respected in equal measures. He was a lovely man and always wore a light beige suit or jacket, sported a crew cut... Read more

Our Street

Our Street was named Aston Street at the back of the Kings Arms pub in Rochdale Road. It was an amazing little street with a tripe shop and pies at the top of the street, a garage next door which housed Johnny Raffo's Ice Cream Vans, also his Ice Cream making machines, also on this side were the Butterworths, the Bracegirdles, (could always borrow half a crown from Mrs Bracegirdle), the Burns, the Crawfords, the Newtons and at the bottom on that side was the corner shop that sold groceries. The middle of the street was Stapletons who had the greengrocers and at the back a coal yard where we weighed bags of coal and my brothers used to deliver bags of coal in little carts, one bag at a time. On the other side of our street there was the Guests (that's us), the Shaws, the Greenhalghes, and on the end old Lizzy, I never knew her surname, Lizzy used to knit all my dolls' clothes. Just round the... Read more

Kingsley Crescent

I was born in Miles Platting in Saville Street in 1946, we then moved to 94 Kingsley Crescent in Collyhurst Flats. I have a sister Called Carole. I went to St Luke's then on to Holland Street.... Things I remember.. Going to Gay Street mission, Collyhurst lads club, I remember playing kick can in our drive, great times we had. Does anyone remember the Teds that stood in the shops near Fanny Raynors..Jimmy Monigan little Kedge & the Garsides. I also have a cousin that lived in Southern Drive, Billy Mathews a bit of a boy he was in them days.

Tin School

I lived at 13 Belmot Stret, I went to the tin school in the 1950s, the headmaster was Mr Munie, he used to have a leather strap in his office. I have a picture of when I was playing for the football team when we won the league. I also played for the cricket team. I remember Bobby Ray, his dad ran a bookies from his backyard. My father was a window cleaner for the area. My friend's father was also a window cleaner, his name was Jimmy Litherland. The 3 of us went on holiday to Middleton Towers for a week, my sister also went to the tin school, her name was Gloria.

Birtle Street

It would be great to hear from anybody who was around Dalton Street , Worth Street, Danzic Street, or who went to the Rex picture house, played on Barnies, Bobs Hill, went in Jock Stobbers, lads that had ther hair cut at Harry's and the Shamrock barbers. My dad drank in the Friendship Pub. We played cricket a long the railway wall what we call the square, that game started when the six weeks holiday started and finished when we went back to school in September, great days. Do the kids know how to play these days? They have no imagination these days, ho, sorry, forgot rioting.

Pendlebury 1983

Hi dad and all his family came from Salford...up until the day he died in 1989 he still used the second person singular ie thee and thou... is this unique in the English language?

Bob Pendlebury, Brighton

Collyhurst Flats

Hi Heather You of course Know my sister Ellen and I used to come to your flat and see your budgie, we lived in The Salvage Inn on Collyhurst Street with my parents Sam and Mary Smythe and my two sisters, my youngest being Sandra, from 1960 - 1966. I was five when we moved from The Swan in Crumpsall and remember fondly the Collyhurst years. We walked past the flats every morning to school at St James where I remember Mr Cathcart and getting time to take the toy box money to be changed into notes at the pub, a job I inherited from my sister Ellen. I recall moving from the old school to the one that is there now and packing lots of books and planting new trees in the new school. In my class there was four of us that all lived in pubs, Janice Dumphy Vauxhall Tavern ( Billy Greens) Dorothy Bradbury, The Rising Sun. Tony .... The Osborn House and me. I have lots of... Read more

Harry Hall

To my recollection, my dad Harry Hall lived on Central Drive, Collyhurst with his brothers Jimmy, Graham, Tommy and sisters Pat and Maureen, who are my aunts and uncles. Sadly my dad, aunty Maureen and uncle Tommy are no longer with us. My aunty Pat did marry Carl Dolan and they now live in Failsworth. Growing up in Blackley, Manchester where I lived with my mum, Mary Hall ( nee Lowe ) and dad Harry Hall, I have fond memories of family reunions with the Urmstons, Halls, Lowes & Bowes, all ending with a loud chorus of Collyhurst Road. I would love to hear from anyone who knew my dad or mum and their families so I can pass it on to my children. Regards Gary Hall

Bowles Shop

Does anyone remember Elsie Bowles [my great auntie}, she ran a shop from the converted front room of her terrace house on Fitzgeorge Street, Collyhurst, her mother opended the shop in the early 1900s. Her sister was my grandmother Catherine who married Alfred Vowers, they lived on the top part of Smedley Road next door to my other grandparents, Amy and Matthew Stainton. Catherine had several siblings, two sisters Frances and Rebbeca lived on Alma Street near Queens Road, one brother David was a knocker up in the area, I would welcome any comments. David Stainton.

Moving Back to The Hurst

I was born on the Trope Colony Estate in 1956. In 1959 we moved into Colington House, Collyhurst Flats, these flats we called London Flats ands what a shame when they started to sink in the mid 1960s, the reason being that the foundations were weak from the coal shafts at Bradford Pit which ran direct under the flats. Every winter the fellas from the council came round and filled all the huge gaps inside our flats with a green kind of superglue. One thing about the flats was they were Art Deco really, if they were still up to-day they'd no doubt be private. Sadly in the mid 1970s the bulldozers came in and still it took 3 years to smash them down, they were like our own castles and the familys were very tight and helped each other out, I remember times when kids would call at ours with few rounds of bread, their electric had been cut off, so we'd toast the bread and my mam then... Read more

Collyhurst Flats

I lived in Ryder Street, my maiden name was Healey. I have two brothers, Ry and Alf . My mam used to go to the wash house. My brothers used to go to the old St James and I used to go there before I went to the new one, I can't remember how old I was but I remember we moved to a new house in Miles Platting, for how long I don't know, then we moved to 51 Kingsley Crescent, Collyhurst Flats. Most of our family lived in Collyhurst Flats, my gran Marie Johnson lived in Southern Drive, my auntie Edith and her family lived facing Gay Street Mission. In 1966 I went to Albert Memorial. I miss them flats, I had good times there. I remember my mam getting tick from Franny Rainer's shop and Christmas parties at the Salvage pub on Collyhurst Street.


I was born at 528 Collyhurst Road, in 1961. I remember there was a shop at the end of the road and a croft facing our house. My dad worked on the railway and my mum stayed home to look after us. I went to Albert Memorial Nursery before we moved to Macclesfield in 1965. My granadad lived in Central Drive, number 11. They were happy memories from Ccollyhurst that I remember, I don't remember many people though ... There was a boy from across the road, I used to play at his house, Andrew Titman, and Aunty Bella who would have passed now, and Margaret Dodd lived next door.

St James

Hi everyone, I too lived in Collyhurst, and also went to St James School, I think the year was 1952. I lived in Zinc Street if I remember correctly, the Locomotive pub was on the corner of the street. My grandparents lived in Shelmeredine Streett facing Osborne Baths, Gran Sharp worked as a cleaner at the Osborne pub. My younger brother and sister went to a nursery near the sand park, I can't recollect the name. It was lovely reading all your memories. Carol Rae (nee Phipps). My grandparents' names were George and Martha Sharp.

St Malachys Primary School 1951 to 1956

I was born in Manchester in 1945, and moved with my family to Kingsly Crescent Collyhurst flats. My father died in 1948, and my mother, brother Joe and I moved to Elizabeth-Ann Street, Collyhurst, where we lived until 1954, then moved to Mills Platting. But it was back to Collyhurst in 1958 when my mother passed away, and I went to live with my cousins the Coopers who lived in Richardson Street, directly across from St James's Church. There we stayed until 1961 when the last of the slums were being demolished. My mother used to work at Smarts's Knitting Mills in Ryder Street, Collyhurst during the years 1940 to 1946. I can remember having to get the lint out of her eyes with a twisted cigarette paper. A few elderly ladies from Elizabeth-Ann Street always wore the clogs. That I remember, and I used to sit on St James's wall waiting for my mum to finish work. I actually learned to tell the time by St... Read more

Bronze Street,Collyhurst

Hi everyone, I went to St Pat's 1956 -1962 and lived at 17 Bronze Street. I remember Brian Kidd going to our school. We had a good football team, I think the headmaster was Mr Cassidy who played for United in the 1940s. I remember playing in Queens Park and the Whit Walks especially, setting off from St Pat's, it was one of the few times we got new clothes! Does anyone remember the Karneys who were an Irish family who lived in Bronze Street? Also the Kytes? I think Mr Kyte was a rag and bone man. I remember having a ride on his horse and cart with one of his sons, Billy I think, he kept the horse in a stable behind the herbalists on Rochdale Road. I remember the Martin family who lived next door, they had three children, Jimmy, Sandra, and Ethel, my dad (Paddy Flynn) used to go next door to watch the cup final as we did not have a telly. Reading all the comments on this site has... Read more

Re Happy Days in Collyhurst

My Hubby is also from Collyhurst he went to St Pats school ..

Happy Times in Collyhurst

I was born in Windsors Street, Collyhurst in 1950. I went to St Oswald's School and also walked with St James Sunday School. I remember Pop Henson, he married my mam & dad. I remember the docs Davey, Duguid and Walker, they were good docs. The surgery moved later to Whitley Road, it is still there now, new docs of course. I remember Brennans herbalist at the top of the steps on Rochdale Road, Kinseys hardware shop, Kellys paper shop near the chippy and Osbourne baths. My mam and dad used to sup in the Swan pub and the Locamotive. I also remember going to Christmas parties at Sharp Street Ragged School. Happy memories, happy days.

Collyhurst Flats

I lived at 6 Central Drive from the age of about 3 to the age of 14.
I went to The Albert Memorial School on Queens Road and left there in '61
We had moved to Langley, Middleton in 1960.
My name then was LINDA WHALEN, I had 3 brothers Terry, Albert (Edhouse) and John (Whalen) and 2 sisters Winnie and Ann (Whalen)
I was youngest.
I remember quite a few names from Central Drive.
Carl Dolan, Pat Hall(who I believe he married), Alan and Linda Goodwin (my brother John married Linda and later divorced) Delma Ostey, Billy and Anne Nightingale, Sandra Barry.
I think most of these went to St Malachys.
I'd like to hear from anyone who remembers me or the people I've mentioned.

Collyhurst Pics

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My Collyhurst

My name is Len Royle, I lived at 27 Ryder Street from 1950-59. I went to St James primary school from 1953-1959. In Ryder Street were other members of my family, at the bottom were the Shortmans, Uncle George & Auntie Ethel, cousins Pauline & young George. Further up the street was my uncle Tom and Auntie Alma & family, then a couple of doors away my grandparents. My parents were Len and Margaret Royle and he worked at Edgar Rhodes furniture Removers on Oldham Road. Some of the names I remember from school were Jimmy Casson, Stanley Dale, Paul Sidebottom, if any body knows of the whereabouts of these people I would like to contact them.

My Collyhurst

I was born in Weber Street (now Collyhurst Road) and went to St Malachy's from 1950 to 1957. I have really fond memories of my childhood, with picnics in Queen's Park (water and jam butties) to walking on Whit Friday and later dancing at Finnigans. In my teenyears we drank in the Osborne House, Billy Greens and then the Palladium Club on Collyhurst Street...happy, happy days.

Achool Days in Collyhurst

So sorry, I do not have any photos of Collyhurst, I went to school there but actually lived in Miles Platting, The Ram on Oldhan Road. My school memories of Collyhurst are of St. James Primary School, the most special of which was of its wonderful library, a treasure trove of sometimes quite rare books, also of a teacher I admired and respected, Mr. Cathcart. I also remember skipping in the school yard and, in all due modesty, I think I was quite good. It was cold in the winter though, going to the outside toilets.

Olden Days

We used to play on Barney's hills, also known locally as Ashes. I also remember the May Queen and Molly Dancers, the herbalist shop on Rochdale Road, and happy days playing in the muck and near the River Irk! I would have been 8 or 9 then. We lived on Eliza Anne Street behind the chip shop opposite (more or less) to May's Pawn Shop. We used to to to Osborne Street baths where Mum went to the washhouse. Washday was always Monday and we always had stew for tea on this day.

Happy Days

I was born in Tebbutt Street in 1951. I went to St. Pat's School. Fond memories of Osborn St. baths, Hunts chippy and the toffee apple shop on Rochdale Rd. Played on Barney's tip as a kid and who can forget the wonderful smell that used to waft across Collyhurst from the bone works off Roger St. Used to deliver newspapers in the Collyhurst Rd. area. Most people didn't have much but crime was very low and people got on. Happy days, things have changed but for the better?
B Tarpey

Memories of Lancashire

Miles Platting Naylor Street Flats

Well not just 1953 but for most of the 50s, I was brought up by my Grandparents Charlie & Elsie Duffy "Mam & Dad" to me. Mam's family had a newsagents shop years eariler on Gunson Street, hence when they built the old pre war flats ( WITH a bath I may add!!) Mam married a local lad & decided to settle in the area. Good days and times to live in Miles Platting, although Mam wasn't one to mingle she kept herself to herself she was very well known and repsected in the area, and she more or less brought me up to do the same. I went to Georgie Lee Street school but not for long, then on to Abbot Street and finally what was Holland Street. Memories are of sneaking up the back Ginnels to place a bet on at Creegan's for my Dad. The feuds at Whitsun with the Catholics and Protestants, absolute mayhem, and for me not nice memories of seeing... Read more

Love my Roots

I was born in 11 Higher Duke to Alice & Fred Musgrave in 1939. My early memories are being rushed out to the back entry into the shelter when the bombs were dropping, I don't remember being that scared it must have been the good humour and attitude of all the neighbours sharing the shelter, I remember lots of singing. Dad worked at West Gas I think, or it could have been AVRO. I went to Corpus Christie School until I was 8 then moved to the Crumpsall Open Air after one of those medicals where the doctors came round the school. I remember my life in Hr Duke St as very happy with lots of friends Ray Blears, the Kendal family Joan & Louise Hayles the Ashbrooks, the Sunderland girls, Maureen & Tommy Hitchen, I often wonder where they are now. Right at the top of our street accessed by the back entry near the Hitchens was Morans the bookies. My Dad bought... Read more

Lilly Street

I lived in Lilly Street with my family from 1955-1961. Family name was Briggs. We lived in no 59. Mam's name was Laura. There were seven children in our family, but only six lived there. We went to St Edmunds school and attended St Edmunds Church, great times although money was short, we made our own entertainment. Great memories of Whit Week walks, although no photos, sadly, and May Day, making our own May poles and clothes out of crepe paper. Making bonfires on the empty ground on bonfire night, collecting wood for months, home made toffee apples and treacle toffee. Altogether, great times. Mrs Meyers lived next door, used to ask if I wanted a butty with real butter. I didn't know Echo wasn't real butter. Lovely lady. Used to slide down the black hills on home made sledges. We lived on the end next to the waste land - there was a factory, think they did something with paint because there were lots of empty paint tins at the back. There was an empty warehouse... Read more

Hard Times But Happy Days

We lived on Park View facing the library and Queens Park which had its own museum and everything a victorian park could offer two young brothers yearning for adventures. We would ride our guiders all over that park, and enjoy the corporation pop fountain near the front gate on Queens Road. We would lark about in the abandoned Sydney Smith's gramophone shop near to the hippodrome, we would pelt over to Lankeys or Barneys tip. We both attended Alfred Street School; I can only remember a Mr Broom and Mr Drinkwater . Best friends were; Graham Pool from Baywood St and Robert Flemming from Peduzzi St (he attended St Malachis School). Best memories; bonfire nights on our croft, big bags of chips from the UCP next to the Milan pub on Rochdale Road, we would walk over to "bucket o clough"or get a 'puffing billy' to Heaton Park. Endless hot summers and winters that guaranteed snow for sledges made from the tin from the front of our hearth. We... Read more

My First Memories of Harpurhey

Let me amend my memories of Harpurhey, after looking at some old photos of Manchester I can now remember and recollect other things, like for example holding on to the rails outside St Edmund's Junior School on the first day and my poor mother having to take me home, only to bring me back one week later, I think that was 1951. My first clear memory of Harpurhey was the Coronation in 1953. I expected the Queen to walk down the very street I lived in which was Mitford Street, just off Conran Street, it had a greengrocer's on one corner and an ironmonger's on the other. I remember that the street was concrete because it had to take heavy loads on oit during the war years, transport etc, it was excellent for roller skating on as most other streets were cobblestones, and we had a large Back Street which had no traffic on it, this was where all the children played in safety. Dewhurst's the meat factory was situated... Read more

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