Woodsend Road c1965, Flixton
Memories of Woodsend Road c1965, Flixton
The Red Lion
I lived about 150m from here from 1953 till 1968. This is 'The Red Lion' (the Red Lion pub is just out of shot at the left). Visible shops include Haslams newsagents, Traynors butchers, a greengrocer, grocer and (by this time?) a ladies hairdresser which had also been a decorators and a Granada Red Arrow TV rental shop. The terminus for the No. 23 bus route to Manchester Picadilly.
Flixton & local memories
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There was a "Hames" the bakers, Boots, a green grocers, Jack Bamford's, the off licence (was it "Ashe and Nephew"?), Swanson's, a shoe shop and Warners a clothes shop (or the other way round!). The "Meadow" grocers, and Jacksons, a newsagent and toy shop, then the chippy on the end. There used to be a really big Christmas tree each year on the grass just opposite the butchers which was "Thorps" in those days.
Moorside Road Shops
This picture is taken from the roundabout at the junction of Moorside road and Woodsend Road. The Shopping Centre featured on another of these photographs is behind the photographer and to the right, about 150m away. The shop just peeping in on the right hand side of the picture is the Post Office. The row of shops visible on the right-hand side of Moorside Road included a butchers - the first one (H G Holt), a bakers, a chemist and at least one grocers (Meadow Dairy? not sure about that one) plus others I can't remember now.
This picture shows the Post Office - the nearest of the row of shops. Note the old-fashioned police telephone just outside the Post Office. The next shop is the barbers where I used to get the haircut! The son of this barber had a barber shop close to the junction of Moorside Road and Woodsend Road (other picture in this sequence). The picture is taken from the start of the bridge over railway - the station is just behind the photographer to the right.
Barton Swing Bridge
Not in Flixton really - Davyhulme, I think. The bridge spans the Manchester Ship Canal, Eccles is on the other side of the bridge. The famous Barton Aqueduct carrying the Bridgewater Canal over the Ship Canal is obscured by the small building on the right.
The 'New' Shops
Known locally as 'the new shops' close to the junction of Moorside Road and Woodsend Road. The shops also included a branch of Boots, Bamforths cycle and radio shop, an off-licenes (right in the corner), a grocers, a newsagent, dry cleaners and chippie. There may have been a fishmongers as well?
A little bit of history here, folks! Famous for being the location where I had my tonsils out in 1955 (or6?). Also famous (or it should be) for being the very first hospital incorporated into the National Health Service on (I think) July 1 1948. Yes, this is where it all started! There is (or was) a plaque commemorating this in the main entrance hall. Now Trafford General. The grounds at the front have long been built on by all the new departments of Trafford General. From memory, there was a rather nice cricket pitch in the grounds just behind the hospital.
Curzon cinema just peeping in at the right. I failed to learn to swim here, also while a pupil at Wellacre (1953-1959).
USA Forces Hospital WW2
I can remember going for walks on the pathway between the Flixton(?) Golf Course and this hospital and seeing the local gals 'visiting' the 'Yanks', as we kids called them, through the fence. If we knew the girl in question it was an easy task to get 'gum' on the promise of not telling what we saw. We were rotten kids in those days, but why not, we got bombed for years during the Second World War because of the proximity of Trafford Park.
Growing up in Flixton
I learnt to swim at Flixton baths whilst a pupil at Wellacre Infants/Juniors 1954-1959.